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UK Trade and Investment: Contracts

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the procurement procedures followed by UKTI in respect of the contract recently awarded to Greater London Enterprise Ltd. (211658)

UKTI's South East team awarded a grant, not a contract for services, to GLE Ltd. It was awarded following the publication of a bidding opportunity entitled "Offer of Grant Funding to Deliver UKTI Trade Services in the South East" issued 4 September 2007. All relevant procedures were correctly followed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what has been the cost to the public purse recently for the decision by UKTI to tender the contract hitherto held by WSX and subsequently awarded to Greater London Enterprise (GLE) Ltd, broken down by (a) the costs of the tender exercise itself and (b) changes to the annual costs resulting from the decision to award the contract to GLE Ltd. (211659)

We do not separately identify non-direct costs associated with the award of grant. The value of grant offer for 2008-09 was £6,000 less than the value of the grant offer originally issued to WSX for the 2007-08 financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reason the contract let by UKTI to Greater London Enterprise Ltd was signed while the internal appeal lodged by WSX was outstanding. (211660)

Issues raised by WSX were addressed by UKTI: there was no outstanding internal appeal. The grant was awarded correctly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what date discussions first took place between UKTI and Greater London Enterprise (GLE) Ltd on the contract subsequently awarded to GLE Ltd; and on what date WSX was notified that the contract they held would be put out to tender. (211661)

All registered bidders were given the opportunity to talk to UKTI’s South East team to discuss the offer of grant funding. The first contact with GLE Ltd. was on 12 September 2007. WSX were notified about UKTI’s intention to competitively bid the offer of grant funding on or before 6 July 2007.