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Environmentally Friendly Procurement

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent guidance he has given to local authorities on environmentally friendly procurement. [127780]

Local authorities are responsible within the Law for making their own decisions on procurement. In doing so they will no doubt consider the case for environmentally friendly procurement, consistent with the European Union Procurement

(£000)
RegionERDF Spend 1 January 2001 to July 20032003 AllocationEnd December 2003 target2004 AllocationEnd December 2004 target
North West (Merseyside)15,97081,39484,59071,94882,929
South West (Cornwall and Scilly Isles)12,97327,57627,82024,87327,453
Yorkshire and Humber (South Yorkshire)16,59171,54274,38763,31172,965
East of England5,70413,36721,95411,69513,691
East Midlands11,71032,18152,51228,20832,916
London11,66021,38731,38519,58521,153
North East16,12954,46584,44548,89154,714
North West48,16875,988133,28764,27079,739
South East9993,3606,2392,7713,588
South West5,93814,50523,05612,86114,711
West Midlands23,42666,701121,78856,76869,695
Yorkshire and Humber11,80242,06568,06336,85243,043
Total181,069504,532729,526442,032516,595

Note:

All figures are in £000s. Allocations and targets (originally in Euros) are based on an average exchange rate since the beginning of the programmes (1 Euro =£0.628).

Directives and domestic law, which includes the duty of Best Value. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister set out its views on Best Value and procurement in Circular 03/2003. This included the Government's definition of Best Value as "the optimum combination of whole life costs and benefits to meet the customer's requirement."

This approach enables sustainability and quality to be taken into account when service delivery options are being considered.