Rejected petition Establish an emergency supply chain to source Personnel Protection Equipment for Wales, from Wales.

At the beginning of the most recent pandemic there was a lack of PPE equipment for Care Homes and Hospitals. Due to the world wide need of PPE equipment, it was difficult to source the product from abroad and we nearly ran out of PPE for our Carers. Many local companies however were able to provide it directly. By having a locally sourced supply chain which complies with the Public Contracts Directive 2015, there will be adequate protection for our key workers available locally to save lives.

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the Senedd or Welsh Government is not responsible for.

As this petition relates to the purchase of goods by the Welsh Government, the rules of procurement need to be considered.

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply to any procurement activity undertaken by a public body (such as the Welsh Government) in relation to contracts for goods, works or services above specified financial thresholds.

Where the PCR 2015 applies, the relevant public body is required to “treat all economic operators [bidders] equally and without discrimination” (reg 18(1)). Further, a procurement must not be designed “with the intention of … artificially narrowing competition”, which means having “the intention of unduly favouring or disadvantaging certain economic operators” (regs 18(2) and (3)).

As such, it is not currently possible to run a procurement for “Welsh-only suppliers”.

For the reasons outlined above, the petition is inadmissible.

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