Common Purpose Invitations To Tender and Qualifications

The request was refused by British Transport Police.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please can you provide the following information with regards to
Common Purpose courses undertaken by your staff since 1997:

1. Details of the competitive tendering process and, where
applicable, durations of service contracts you have entered into
with Common Purpose.

2. Identities of submitters of rival bids to provide leadership
courses and details of the quotations they gave.

3. Copies of text of invitations to tender which Common Purpose
submitted tenders to your organisation in response to and in which
publications these invitations to tender were advertised.

4. Evidence submitted to your organisation by Common Purpose
demonstrating they have the competence and expertise to provide the
services they offer, qualifications of all of their trainers who
have delivered courses to your staff and evidence submitted to you
by Common Purpose of their industry accreditations or
certifications and quality assurance processes.

5. Details of the nature and content of Common Purpose courses
undertaken by your staff.

6. Criteria used to select Common Purpose against other bidders and
evidence these criteria were applied properly and fairly.

7. Findings of any audits conducted by or on behalf of your
organisation into Common Purpose operations.

8. If competitive tendering was not applied to the procurement by
your organisation of services from Common Purpose (which I
understand is a legal requirement for public sector procurement and
requiring at least three bids) please provide an explanation of why
procurement rules were waived.

By 'Common Purpose', I mean the training organisation of that name:
http://www.commonpurpose.org

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

Dear Sir or Madam,

A response to this FOI request is well overdue. You should have replied by now, and are breaking the law.

Please set up an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

Harry, Elliot,

Dear Mr Walker,

I write in connection with your request for information dated 14^th August
2009, asking for the information listed below. We have searched for
information relevant to your request and as directed in Section 1 of the
Freedom of Information Act, BTP can provide the following response.
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to you request.

Please can you provide the following information with regards to Common
Purpose courses undertaken by your staff since 1997:

1. Details of the competitive tendering process and, where applicable,
durations of service contracts you have entered into with Common Purpose.

Information not held.

2. Identities of submitters of rival bids to provide leadership courses
and details of the quotations they gave.

Information not held.

3. Copies of text of invitations to tender which Common Purpose submitted
tenders to your organisation in response to and in which publications
these invitations to tender were advertised.

Information not held.

4. Evidence submitted to your organisation by Common Purpose demonstrating
they have the competence and expertise to provide the services they offer,
qualifications of all of their trainers who have delivered courses to your
staff and evidence submitted to you by Common Purpose of their industry
accreditations or certifications and quality assurance processes.

Information not held.

5. Details of the nature and content of Common Purpose courses undertaken
by your staff.

Common Purpose's courses are explained on their website:
[1]http://www.commonpurpose.org.uk/programm....

6. Criteria used to select Common Purpose against other bidders and
evidence these criteria were applied properly and fairly.

Information not held.

7. Findings of any audits conducted by or on behalf of your organisation
into Common Purpose operations.

Information not held.

8. If competitive tendering was not applied to the procurement by your
organisation of services from Common Purpose (which I understand is a
legal requirement for public sector procurement and requiring at least
three bids) please provide an explanation of why procurement rules were
waived.

Information not held.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Elliot Harry

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Standards Unit | British Transport Police | London NW1 9LN

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Dear Harry, Elliot,

Call this an answer? You are joking, aren't you?

I demand an independent internal review into this FOI request and a proper set of answers.

Yours sincerely,

John Walker

Harry, Elliot,

Dear Sir,

In respect of your request for a review of the response to your Freedom of
Information request dated 14^th August 2009, the original decision has
been reviewed by the Head of Professional Standards and is of the opinion
that the decision still stands.

In line with Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 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, and

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

As stated previously, British Transport Police does not hold any documents
relating to any kind of tendering process for Common Purpose courses, nor
any documents relating to audits of Common Purpose undertaken by BTP.
Therefore we cannot provide this information to you.

Once a review has been completed if you are still unhappy with the answer
you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. You can
write to the ICO at:

Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Alternatively you can use the ICO's online contact form which can be found
at [1]https://www.ico.gov.uk/Global/contact_us....

Yours sincerely,

Elliot Harry

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Standards Unit | British Transport Police | London NW1 9LN

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