As part of my work preparing this month’s CoPaCC Report, I came across the following notice:
I have redacted the copy of the notice above to disguise the identity of the force and prospective supplier: full details are available to CoPaCC Report subscribers.
Here are some key extracts:
Awarding body: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for [REDACTED].
This is a voluntary notice under Regulation 47K(7) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended of the awarding authority’s intention to award a contract to [REDACTED] by application of the terms laid down in the above framework agreement without re-opening competition, as permitted by Regulation 19(7)(a) of the 2006 Regulations.
The awarding authority will now be observing a 10 day standstill period before entering into any contract with the supplier. This standstill period starts at midnight at the end of today’s date [15th July 2013]. It will end at midnight at the end of Thursday 25th July 2013, after which the awarding authority will proceed to enter into the contract with the supplier without further notice.
The value of this contract is estimated at circa £9m over a three year period.
For me, the phrase “without re-opening competition” is particularly relevant – perhaps even more so, given the estimated value of the contract at £9million.
I have not yet found details of any associated decision published by the relevant Police and Crime Commissioner, nor any information as to why it is appropriate to proceed “without re-opening competition”, as would usually be the case.
UPDATE [Thursday, 26th September, 7pm]: Seems that the Greater Manchester PCC, Tony Lloyd, now agrees with me that a procurement competition IS needed. Well worth reading the Manchester Evening News article entitled “Police Chief puts stop to multi-million pound GMP IT deal”.