Public Services (Social Value) Bill 2010-12 [Bill 238 of 2010-12]: Committee Stage Report - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 24 October 2011 | Standard notes SN06096

Authors: Lucinda Maer

Topic: Public expenditure

This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Public Services (Social Value) Bill 2010-12. It complements Research Paper 10/73 which was prepared for the Commons Second Reading of the Bill, then titled the Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill.

The Bill is a Private Members Bill. It was introduced by Chris White, who came third in the ballot, on 30 June 2010. Second Reading took place on 19 November 2010 and the Committee stage took place on 19 October 2011. Report is scheduled to take place on 25 November 2011.

As introduced, the Bill required the Government and local authorities to publish social enterprise strategies. It also required the consideration of economic, social and environmental well-being in the procurement of goods and services.

The Government tabled a number of amendments to the Bill, all of which were passed. The requirements for national and local social enterprise strategies were removed and the short title of the Bill was amended to reflect this. The procurement requirements were also amended so that the Bill now only applies to the procurement of public services. A number of other, largely technical, amendments were also passed. As amended, the Government supports the Bill.

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