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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which companies tendered for the CompeteFor website contract. (251302)

The London Development Agency (LDA) commissioned specialist support to identify the most appropriate sourcing strategy for the electronic brokerage service which is now known as CompeteFor. The Office of Government Commerce's Catalist framework was used to ensure an efficient procurement process.

CompeteFor, primarily a web portal, would also contain substantial e-transactional and customer relationship management elements. Seven suppliers met all three of these requirements, these were:

Deloitte MCS

Electronic Data Systems Ltd

Fujitsu Services



Parity Solutions

Serco Ltd.

Both Hedra and Parity Solutions were later ruled out. Of the five remaining bidders four expressed an interest in bidding and tenders were received from Deloitte and Serco.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the procurement process for the CompeteFor website contract took place in accordance with the European Union's competitive dialogue procurement procedure. (251303)

The procurement was undertaken through a mini-competition using the Office of Government Commerce's (OGC) Catalist framework. This was undertaken in accordance with the OGC's guidance and in line with European Union requirements; however, the approach did not use the competitive dialogue procedure. The competitive dialogue process is normally used when a specification may be unclear, and ongoing engagement is needed with potential suppliers. In this instance a specification was sufficiently developed and so a competitive dialogue was unnecessary.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the CompeteFor website will continue to operate after all the contracts for the London 2012 Olympics have been awarded; and if she will make a statement. (251739)

The Government have accepted the recommendation made in Anne Glover's report, published alongside the pre-Budget report 2008, that there should be a single, free, and easy to search online portal for Government procurement. The Department for Business is looking at what companies want from a single portal and whether this matches the CompeteFor specification. This will influence the future of CompeteFor beyond 2012.