Gulf Resources PPE contract - why was this contract cancelled?

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

In my previous FoI request (ref: FOI-1315585) relating to this PPE contract with the company Gulf Resources, I was informed that "This contract was cancelled on 29 June 2020 before any items were supplied against it."

I am therefore requesting information about the reason why this contract was cancelled, and whether the cancellation was either related to concerns that the company could not provide the items that it promised to supply, or whether there were any concerns about the integrity of the company or its owners?

Yours faithfully,

John Lubbock

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Lubbock,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information and an explanation rather than requesting recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I look forward to your communication with me about this contract in due course. In the meantime, I would like to request the publication (suitably redacted) of any documentation related to the cancellation of this contract.

Yours sincerely,

John Lubbock

Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Lubbock,

Thank you for your request of 21 April under the Freedom of Information
Act (Ref: FOI-1324694).
 
I am writing to inform you that the Department's consideration of the
balance of the public interest with regards to your request is not yet
complete, and requires further time to complete in line with Section 10(3)
of the FOI Act.
 
The Department is currently assessing the public interest in release under
Section 43.

We anticipate this process will take no longer than a further 20 working
days to complete.  We therefore aim to respond fully to your request by 21
June.
 
Please accept my apologies for this delay.

Yours sincerely

Charlotte Chow
Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Lubbock,

Thank you for your request of 21 April under the Freedom of Information
Act (Ref: FOI-1324694).
 
I am writing to inform you that the Department's consideration of the
balance of the public interest with regards to your request is not yet
complete, and requires further time to complete in line with Section 10(3)
of the FOI Act.
 
The Department is currently assessing the public interest in release under
Section 43.
 
We anticipate this process will take no longer than a further 20 working
days to complete.  We therefore aim to respond fully to your request by 16
August.
 
Please accept my apologies for this delay.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Chow
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lubbock,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1324694).

Yours sincerely, 

Charlotte Chow
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1322237
 
Dear Mr Lubbock,
 
Thank you for your further correspondence of 12 April about a contract
held with Gulf Resources. I have been asked to reply and I apologise for
the delayed response, which is due to an unprecedented volume of
correspondence received by the Department.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.  
  
The Act does not cover unrecorded information that officials may remember,
opinions that officials might have, official advice (apart from past
advice the Department of Health has given, where a record of this has been
kept) or requests for an official policy statement (again, apart from past
policy statements, where a record has been kept).  There is no obligation
under the FOI Act for public authorities to create new information. 

As part of the contract the Department held with this supplier, there were
obligations on the supplier which needed to be met. The supplier was
unable to meet the obligations and also failed to provide product by the
dates set out in the contract. The contract was therefore cancelled

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Anthony Moses
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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