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Renewable Installations

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 815W, on renewable installations, how companies may be placed on the framework as suppliers; and if he will make a statement. (111509)

The Framework suppliers for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 have been selected, following a competitive tender process carried out in accordance with European Union procurement rules. This process is closed and no further companies may be placed on the framework. The seven framework suppliers may deliver services through sub-contractors. These sub-contractors must be within the microgeneration certification scheme that supports the programme and are selected at the sole discretion of the framework suppliers. Sub-contractors may change through the life of the programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 815W, on renewable installations, what process was used to select the companies chosen as suppliers on the framework; and if he will make a statement. (111644)

The framework suppliers were chosen through a competition carried out in accordance with European Union procurement rules. A notice was placed in the Official Journal of the European Union calling for “expressions of interest”. Out of the 53 companies expressing an interest, 43 were formally invited to tender. From the 28 full bids received, 15 companies were invited to interview before the final seven companies were selected. Framework suppliers were chosen on the basis of those tenders offering best “value for money” evaluated against (i) technical merit (ii) relevant experience (iii) overall price (iv) level of understanding of the challenges involved in the large scale provision of high quality micro generation installations in a relatively short period of time (v) quality management (vi) innovative ideas.