Winding up of Owen Pugh

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

I write to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

On 11th October 2017 it was reported in the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal that Owen Pugh had gone into administration citing "large contractors refusing to pay for work done on major construction projects".

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information;

a) What contracts did the council or Arch enter into between May 2013 and the present date with Owen Pugh and the value of each of these

b) What if any contracts were outstanding on the companies cessation of business and has any assessment of the costs of completing the work been undertaken?

c) What if any payments were outstanding to the company on 11th October 2017?

d) What Arch or NCC infrastructure projects were Owen Pugh working on as a sub contractor between May 2013 and the present date?

e) What level of protection do NCC or Arch offer to sub contractors in their agreements with primary contractors?

f) What mechanisms are in place to ensure sub contractors are paid on Arch or NCC jobs?

g) Have any amendments to infrastructure projects made since May 2017 impacted upon sites on which Owen Pugh were working on either as a primary or Sub Contractor?

If any of the questions I raise above aren't clear I would be obliged if you could let me know ASAP.

Your assistance in answering these questions is appreciated and I look forward to your response within the Freedom of Information act guideline response time of 20 working days.

Best Regards,
S Black

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 3218  

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Donna Hoggeth,

4 Atodiad

Dear S Black,

 

Please find attached the response to FOI request ref: 3218.

 

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Donna Hoggeth

Programme Manager

Arch: The Northumberland Development Company

 

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Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3218   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Owen Pugh.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the attached and following) information in
response.

On 11th October 2017 it was reported in the Newcastle Chronicle and
Journal that Owen Pugh had gone into administration citing "large
contractors refusing to pay for work done on major construction projects".

Please find below the response sent on behalf of Northumberland County
Council.

a) What contracts did the council or Arch enter into between May 2013 and
the present date with Owen Pugh and the value of each of these

Please see the attached document

b) What if any contracts were outstanding on the companies cessation of
business and has any assessment of the costs of completing the work been
undertaken?

None

c) What if any payments were outstanding to the company on 11th October
2017?

The total amount outstanding to the company on 11th October was £18916.08.

d) What Arch or NCC infrastructure projects were Owen Pugh working on as a
subcontractor between May 2013 and the present date?

Please see the attached document

e) What level of protection do NCC or Arch offer to subcontractors in
their agreements with primary contractors?

NCC incorporates specific clauses within its contracts to ensure that
obligations imposed on the contractor are deemed both an obligation on the
contractor and an obligation to procure the subcontractor's compliance
with such obligation. Accordingly, contractors are not permitted to
subcontract without the prior written consent of NCC.

f) What mechanisms are in place to ensure subcontractors are paid on Arch
or NCC jobs?

NCC incorporates a standard clause within relevant agreements to the
effect that where the contractor sub-contracts its obligations, it will
ensure that it pays the subcontractor within thirty (30) days from receipt
by the contractor of a valid and undisputed invoice from the
subcontractor.

g) Have any amendments to infrastructure projects made since May 2017
impacted upon sites on which Owen Pugh were working on either as a primary
or Sub Contractor?

No

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Northumberland
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