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Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Act 2023

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30Social public works clauses: Welsh Ministers’ response
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(1)Where the Welsh Ministers receive a notification from a contracting authority under section 29(1), they must—

(a)publish a summary of the notification, and

(b)consider whether they are satisfied with the reasons given in it.

(2)In considering whether they are satisfied with the reasons, the Welsh Ministers may—

(a)consult the authority;

(b)by notice require the authority to provide any documents or other information as the Welsh Ministers may require for the purposes of subsection (1) in such form or manner as may be specified in the notice;

(c)provide the SPC public procurement subgroup (see section 9) with a copy of the notification under section 29(1) and any documents or other information received under paragraph (b);

(d)consult the SPC public procurement subgroup.

(3)If, following consideration under subsection (1), the Welsh Ministers are satisfied, they must publish a summary of their reasons for being satisfied.

(4)If, following consideration under subsection (1), the Welsh Ministers are not satisfied, they may direct the contracting authority to take all reasonable steps to—

(a)include social public works clauses in the major construction contract,

(b)put processes in place for ensuring that obligations in social public works clauses are implemented, or

(c)put processes in place for ensuring that obligations in social public works clauses are implemented where the contract is subcontracted.

(5)Where the Welsh Ministers give a direction under subsection (4), they must—

(a)inform the SPC public procurement subgroup that they have given the direction, and

(b)publish the direction.

(6)Where the Welsh Ministers do not give a direction under subsection (4) despite not being satisfied, they must—

(a)inform the SPC public procurement subgroup that they have not given a direction, and

(b)publish a summary of—

(i)their reasons for not being satisfied, and

(ii)their reasons for not giving a direction despite not being satisfied.

(7)The Welsh Ministers must take any action taken under subsections (2)(a) or (b) as soon as reasonably practicable.

(8)A contracting authority must provide any documents or other information it is required to provide under subsection (2)(b) as soon as reasonably practicable.

(9)Nothing in this section requires the Welsh Ministers to publish information which, following consultation with the appropriate contracting authority, the Welsh Ministers consider would be exempt from disclosure were it to be subject to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c. 36).

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