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Olympic Delivery Authority: Procurement

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics for what reasons the Olympic Delivery Authority did not use the constructionline procurement system for letting its contracts; and if she will make a statement. (209707)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: Constructionline is an accreditation system that requires a supplier to pay a subscription. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) cannot under EU public procurement directives force contractors to sign up to a paid service to compete for public works. The ODA also felt that this would be a potential barrier to small and medium sized businesses wishing to bid for 2012 contracts.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has received representations from contractors about the Olympic Delivery Authority's accreditation system; and if she will make a statement. (209708)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: I have received no direct representation from contractors on the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) accreditation system. However, there has been much ODA engagement with the business community, both large and small, on the free to use CompeteFor system. 18,000 suppliers are registered currently giving eligibility to apply for any opportunity on the system and ODA estimate approximately 10,000 opportunities from the ODA supply chain alone being advertised on CompeteFor.