Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry on public procurement in the
foundational economy is built from the activities which provide the essential
goods and services for everyday life, regardless of the social status of
consumers. These include, for example, health, education and welfare services; infrastructure; utilities; food processing;
and retailing and distribution. The Welsh Government has recently set out its
intention to increase public procurement as part of a drive to ‘create stronger
local supply chains and build wealth in communities across Wales’.
Committee is seeking views on the following:
- What is the current position regarding
the proportion of public contracts in Wales that go to Welsh suppliers?
- To what extent could increasing ‘local
procurement’ by the public sector create stronger local supply chains and
build wealth in communities across Wales?
- What is your view of the Welsh
Government’s intended approach to increasing the amount of ‘local
procurement’ undertaken by the public sector in Wales (including how
‘local procurement’ will be defined and monitored; how the principles of
sustainable and ethical procurement are being applied; and how the
statutory goals set by the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act
are being met)?
- In what ways can local spend, and
collaborative procurement amongst SMEs, be increased and sustained while
working within the EU procurement framework, whatever arrangements may be
in place following Brexit?
- Can you give examples of similar public
procurement initiatives elsewhere in the UK and EU?