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Office for Government Commerce

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors were taken into account in deciding that other Government Departments would have access to the retained solicitors of the Office for Government Commerce without this arrangement being subject to competitive tendering; and if he will make a statement. (89299)

Core legal services are provided to OGC by an in-house team of Government lawyers, they have no other clients.

A framework agreement for the provision of Information and Communications Technology and commercial (non-core) legal services to OGC and its customer organisations was concluded with DLA in May 2003. This contract was awarded following a competition that complied with the EU public procurement regime. The terms of the competition were such that the contract would include advice to other government organisations.

No new work has been placed under this agreement since December 2005.