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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methodology is used in the Building Schools for the Future programme to (a) determine whether value for money will be achieved in the selection of suppliers and (b) evaluate whether value for money has been achieved in the work undertaken by suppliers. (323847)

In accordance with the requirements of the European procurement regime, bidders are selected on the basis of the “most economically advantageous tender”. This means that the value for money of the bidders' proposals are tested in a confidential competitive environment and evaluated in terms of both price and quality against the local authority's requirements. There are a number of different approaches to project delivery available for Building Schools for the Future, the preferred approaches being to use a Local Education Partnership (LEP) or to use the Contractor Framework managed by Partnerships for Schools on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. When either approach is being used, the contractual arrangements between the parties require that value for money is demonstrated and that key performance indicators and continuous improvement commitments are met.

Once a supplier is selected, the authority monitors the work undertaken (or arranges for the work to be monitored) to ensure compliance with the contractual requirements upon which the price is based.