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Local Authorities: Foreign Workers

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues to local authorities on safeguarding public money when outsourcing services overseas; what (a) financial and (b) other restrictions there are on local authorities in undertaking such outsourcing; and if she will make a statement. (196236)

Subject to their legal duties, including the duty of best value and public procurement law, local authorities are responsible for taking their own procurement decisions. Public authorities are not able to exclude a company based in a European Union or World Trade Organisation Government Procurement Agreement signatory country on the basis that some of the work may be sourced overseas. The Department has not published guidance specific to the situation where councils choose to outsource services overseas.