ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Dec 2016

In December 2016, the British government announced a change in the local input requirements for the participation in certain public purchases.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising
Inception date: 12 Dec 2016 | Removal date: open ended

Public procurement localisation

 On 12 December 2016, the UK government published the procurement policy note 11/16 amending its procurement rules on using British steel (cf. Related Measures). Following an update in April 2016 (cf. Related Measures), this procurement increases the scope of public sector eligible for preferring British steel.
According to the policy note, "The guidance has now been revised to make it more suitable for wider public sector use, and additional improvements or clarifications have also been made to the guidance as a result of reviewing its application since it was issued last year."
The policy note also for the first time provides examples of public sector areas eligible for the procurement preference:

  • "Infrastructure - such as rail and roads
  • Construction - such as the building of and or refurbishment of prisons, hospitals,
    universities, housing, community centres, bridges and schools
  • Flood defences
  • Defence related projects (ensuring consistency with the Defence and Security
    Public Contracts Regulations 2011 as appropriate)
  • Medical equipment
  • Energy related projects - e.g. new nuclear technology".

AFFECTED SECTORS