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star this property date less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property hansard heading House of Commons: Food more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his oral contribution answer of 29 November 2018, Official Report, column 403, what practical problems prevent the implementation of a buy British policy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 198174 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-13more like thismore than 2018-12-13
unstar this property answer text <p>We acknowledge that there may be an expectation that the House of Commons should be buying British wherever possible, but as a contracting authority as specified in the European Parliament and Council Directive, we are subject to EU Public Sector Procurement directives. It is therefore impossible for us to demand that we wish to buy only British products simply on the merits of origin and must instead ensure that our specifications at tender stage, and ultimately our decision to award a contract, does not discriminate against products or supplies from other EU member states.</p><p>The vast majority of fresh products purchased by Catering are in fact British – meat, poultry, dairy, eggs and most fruit and vegetables (when in season) are sourced from within the UK. We demand that UK or equivalent standards of welfare and/or production must be met as this is a consideration of quality rather than origin. UK standards on the whole are easy to follow, robust, commonly accepted and enforced across each sector.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2018-12-13T12:12:12.837Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-13T12:12:12.837Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property hansard heading House of Commons: Recruitment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been spent on (a) headhunters and (b) recruitment agencies in the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 189554 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
unstar this property answer text <p>Over the last twelve months, headhunters have been engaged to recruit to 11 senior roles in the House of Commons Service, including five external posts on the Restoration and Renewal Shadow Sponsor Board, at a total cost of £176,975.</p><p>In addition, the House of Commons has paid £303,860 to recruitment agencies during the same period.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2018-11-23T12:37:42.593Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T12:37:42.593Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar remove filter
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star this property date less than 2016-06-27more like thismore than 2016-06-27
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property hansard heading House of Commons: Procurement more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to ensure that the House of Commons Commission's purchasing policies support British (a) industry and (b) agriculture. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 41273 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
unstar this property answer text <p>The House of Commons procurement policies operate within the parameters set out by the UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015.</p><p>The House has a Sustainable Purchasing Policy which, amongst other things, requires contracts that are particularly suitable for SMEs to be highlighted as so being, contracts to be divided into lots and processes to be as simple and proportionate as possible to encourage SMEs to participate in our competitions. Further, the policy requires contracts that are suitable for Social Enterprises to be identified at an early stage and that market engaged to ensure their participation.</p><p>More generally, the House supports British industry and agriculture by:</p><ul><li>Purchasing our goods and services in a way that maximises the ability of SMEs, Social Enterprises and organisations with less bargaining power to win our contracts;</li><li>Conducting open and competitive tender processes that are accessible to all British suppliers whether small, medium or large;</li><li>Advertising our contracts on the UK Government procurement website Contracts Finder and the House’s own electronic procurement portal to ensure that there is maximum visibility of our contractual opportunities;</li><li>Writing specifications of requirements that take into account domestic social, economic and environmental requirements.</li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2016-07-04T15:58:42.793Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-04T15:58:42.793Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-03-15more like thismore than 2017-03-15
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property hansard heading Parliamentary Organisations: Recruitment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been paid since May 2015 to head hunters by (a) the House of Commons Commission, (b) the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, (c) the Inter-Parliamentary Union, (d) the British American Parliamentary Group and (e) any other body grant-funded by the House of Commons Commission. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 68010 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-22more like thismore than 2017-03-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Since May 2015 the House of Commons Commission has made payments totalling £203,676 to Executive Search recruitment agencies (‘head hunters’). This includes fees for online and press advertising, where appropriate, for which the agencies pay and for which we reimburse them. I have asked the House authorities to send to the hon. Member contact details of the responsible officers of the grant-funded bodies so that he can seek that information from them. The Commission does not require them to report on any use of head hunters or the costs of any such use.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2017-03-22T10:33:53.217Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-22T10:33:53.217Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property hansard heading Big Ben: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps have been taken to ensure the use of British materials in the refurbishment of the Elizabeth Tower and its machinery. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 7409 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-12more like thismore than 2017-09-12
unstar this property answer text <p>The procurement process for the final contract for the refurbishment of the Elizabeth Tower is ongoing via an open competition in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and Parliament’s procurement policies. In order to comply with the Regulations, Parliament cannot specifically require the use of British materials or machinery when letting contracts, as the Regulations prohibit references to a specific country of origin or production.</p><p>The scaffolding contract was awarded via the same method in November 2016. The steel in the steelwork structures used in supporting the scaffolding on the Tower is primarily sourced from British suppliers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2017-09-12T12:46:32.133Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-12T12:46:32.133Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar remove filter