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Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill

Purpose of the consultation

The Equality and Social Justice Committee is undertaking Stage 1 scrutiny into the general principles of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill.


The stated purpose of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill is to create a framework to enhance the well-being of the people of Wales by improving public services through social partnership working, promoting fair work and social responsible public procurement, including through the establishment of a Social Partnership Council. 


Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1,588KB)



Terms of reference

The Committee would like to hear your views on the general principles of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill and the need for legislation to deliver the stated policy intention. In coming to a view on this you may wish to consider the Bill’s key provisions, which are:



>>>    the establishment of a Social Partnership Council;

>>>    a statutory duty on certain public bodies to seek consensus or compromise with their recognised trade unions (or where there is no recognised trade union) other representatives of their staff, when setting their well-being objectives and delivering on those objectives under section 3(2) of the WFG Act 2015;

>>>    a statutory duty on Welsh Ministers to consult social partners, employers and worker representatives through the Social Partnership Council when delivering on their well-being objectives under section 3(2)(b) of the WFG Act 2015 ;

>>>    amendment of section 4 of the WFG Act 2015 by substituting ‘fair work’ for ‘decent work’ within the existing  “A prosperous Wales” goal;

>>>    a statutory duty on certain public bodies to consider socially responsible public procurement when carrying out procurement, to set objectives in relation to well-being goals, and to publish a procurement strategy

>>>    certain public bodies to carry out contract management duties to ensure that socially responsible outcomes are pursued through supply chains.

>>>    reporting duties to be imposed on the public bodies and Welsh Ministers in relation to the Social Partnership Duty and Procurement duty.



You may also wish to consider:


Any potential barriers to the implementation of the Bill’s provisions and whether the Bill takes account of them;

The appropriateness of the powers in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (as set out in Chapter 5 of Part 1 of the Explanatory Memorandum);

Whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill; and

The financial implications of the Bill (as set out in Part 2 of the Explanatory Memorandum).


The closing date for submitting consultation responses is Friday 22 July 2022.



Providing Written Evidence

The Senedd has two official languages, Welsh and English.


In line with the Senedd’s Official Languages Scheme the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Senedd proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.


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Disclosure of information

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Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Equality and Social Justice Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565