Contract for winning bidder of the TWIE project

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Dear Department for Children, Schools and Families,

I am writing to request under the Freedom of Information Act a copy
of the tender documentation submitted by the winning bidder for the TWIE (Temporary workers in Education project). The relevant contract was in late 2009 to Comensura.

Please provide all costs of roll out and the charging structure proposed by the winning Bidder, together with cost savings anticipated from this project.

In anticipation of your contention that this information cannot be
released due to commercial sensitivity, I wish to make the
following comments (section 43):

1. The Ministry of Justice Working Assumptions - Procurement Annex
A (November 2008) provide useful guidance to public sector
organisations on Freedom of Information Act requests concerning
tenders. Specifically, on page 5, they detail that general tender
information (including price) and information on the supplier's
approach to the work should generally be disclosed, unless the
supplier has a unique approach that could be considered a 'trade
secret'.

2. It is common practice that invitations to tender usually ask
bidders to identify any information within their tenders which is
considered to be commercially sensitive. Assuming that this
provision was included in your Invitation to Tender, I trust you
will check the winning tender to see whether any such information
was identified by Tribal Resourcing as a start point for
considering any exemptions (although you will still need to
consider the reasonableness of any such exemption).

3. The value of any sensitive information obviously lessens over
time, and it has now been eight months since the contract was
signed, and the service is in the process of being launched. It is
therefore unlikely that there is any justification for withholding
this information.

If you decide that there are some parts of the tender which you may
need to withhold under an exemption, please can you release as much
of the documentation as possible in the first instance rather than
simply refusing the request.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Beedles

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Mark

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0021344

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0870 0002288
www.dcsf.gov.uk

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Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Mr Beedles,

Thank you for your email dated 15 March 2009 about the winning bidder for
a contract for Temporary Workers in Education in 2009.
DCSF cannot provide you with the information that you request as the
tender was carried out by the London Borough of Hounslow and DCSF does not
have a copy of the winning bid document. May I suggest that you might wish
to contact LB Hounslow, Mr Paul Kennelly, Head of Procurement, Civic
Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN.

As you point out in your e-mail, there may be an issue with commercial
sensitivity that may result in some information not being released.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Cottam
COMMERCIAL SERVICES DIVISION
[1][email address]
[2]www.dcsf.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0021344.

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