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House of Commons Hansard
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Local Government: Contracts
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the extension of the Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting to local government. [293355]

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The Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting was launched across central Government Departments and Executive agencies in July 2008.

It has always been the Government’s aim to extend the Joint Statement to other parts of the public services, following evaluation of the impact in central Government and subject to further discussion on the detail of any possible implementation.

A six-month review was recently completed by the Joint Statement Review Steering Group and is available in both Libraries of the House and on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/274789/joint-statement-review.pdf

The review recorded good progress in implementation across central Government Departments and Executive agencies and noted the potential for local government to adopt the principles of the Joint Statement. The method and timetable for further extension will now be for local government to determine, supported by central Government Departments.