Contingent Labour ONE call off contracts

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Dear Sirs

Please can you provide under the Freedom of Information Act a copy of any Call Off Contracts entered into by your organisation with Capita Business Services Limited, Brook Street (UK) Limited and Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited for the provision of services under the Contingent Labour ONE framework (RM960).

For the avoidance of doubt, I am interested in any master agreements signed with Capita, Brook Street and Hays and not agreements for the provision of individual contractors.

To avoid any concerns about Data Protection, please feel free to redact the Contact Reference, Account Manager and the Key Personnel from section 3.1.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours faithfully

Alan Jones

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Dear Mr Jones,

Thank you for your information request of 19 June 2017, in which you
requested the following:

Please can you provide under the Freedom of Information Act a copy of any
Call Off Contracts entered into by your organisation with Capita Business
Services Limited, Brook Street (UK) Limited and Hays Specialist
Recruitment Limited for the provision of services under the Contingent
Labour ONE framework (RM960).

For the avoidance of doubt, I am interested in any master agreements
signed with Capita, Brook Street and Hays and not agreements for the
provision of individual contractors.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act) and are able to disclose some of the information you have
requested. Please find it attached. However, we consider some of the
information to be exempt from disclosure under section 43(2) (commercial
interests) of the Act.

Section 43 applies to information where its disclosure would, or would be
likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the
public authority holding it). When this exemption applies, we have to
consider whether the public interest in favour of maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in favour of releasing the
information.

The factors we took into account in carrying out the public interest test
in relation to section 43 of the Act are set out below.

Public Interest Considerations in favour of disclosure:

In favour of disclosure we considered the public interest in transparency
of, and proper scrutiny of, the expenditure of public money. Both
transparency and scrutiny help ensure that public money is used
effectively. We also considered the importance of demonstrating that value
for public money is obtained and that public contract processes are
conducted in a fair, open and honest way.

Public Interest Considerations in favour of maintaining the exemption:

In particular, we considered whether information that reveals detailed
costs, methodologies, processes and procedures of the Suppliers has the
potential to damage their commercial interests. We considered whether this
information, if disclosed, could damage the Supplier's relationships with
their partners and undermine confidence in future Contracts resulting in
lost revenue from their Customers or potential Customers. In addition,
release of such information could undermine the organisations negotiating
position going forward. We believe that this is not in the public
interest.

It is also important that organisations are able to talk frankly with
government and that they can expect confidence to be maintained in
market-sensitive communications with DCMS; disclosure of such
communications between organisations and DCMS could undermine confidence
in DCMS and deter organisations for applying for funding in future.

We therefore consider that the balance of the public interest test
determines that the public interest in withholding this information
outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

Please note that some information has been redacted under section 40
(personal information) of the Act. Section 40 is an absolute exemption and
therefore does not require a public interest test.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

Tel: 020 7211 6395

www.gov.uk/dcms

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