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Driving: Licensing

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) EU, (b) UK, (c) departmental and (d) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) public procurement requirements applied to the recent extension of the DVLA photo-licence contract with the Post Office. (271535)

The Department for Transport and its agencies are required to adhere to EU procurement regulations and these are consolidated into its own and departmental procurement operating instruction and guidance.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds a major contract with Post Office Ltd. (POL) that covers a number of services, including that for its ‘Check and Send’ service for collection and checking of driving licence applications at Post Office counters. This service has been in place for nearly 10 years. Based on legal advice DVLA formed the view that an extension to include the collection of a photograph as part of the same transaction could be undertaken within the flexibility of the existing contract terms as a variation.