Contracts agreed between Home Office and TSO

Red Squirrel Publishing made this Freedom of Information request to UK Border Agency

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Red Squirrel Publishing

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to make a Freedom of Information Act request for
information regarding the Contracts agreed between the Home Office and TSO.

TSO currently publishes the following books

- Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship - ISBN 9780113413133 - Mar 2007

- Life in the United Kingdom: Official Citizenship Test Study Guide - ISBN 9780113413249 - Sep 2008 hereafter referred to as the Study Guide

- Passing the Life in the UK Test: Official Practice Questions and Answers Book - ISBN 9780113413287- Mar 2009 hereafter referred to as
the Practice Book

A recent news article in The Bookseller quotes the following Home Office statement

“At the time this work was commissioned The Stationery Office was the official Home Office publisher and as a call-off contract was in place that we could utilise, there was no requirement for an external tendering process. As we are entirely satisfied with the work of The Stationery Office, the arrangement has continued.”

The full article can be viewed here - http://is.gd/2griK

I would like the following information:

1. A copy of the Call-Off Contract (or similar Framework Agreement) that is referred to in this statement, or if this information is not available the following

- The date the Call-Off Contract was signed

- The date the Call-Off Contract expires

- The maximum and minimum quantities and value of the call-off contract

- The specification of work that this call-off contract includes

- The specific terms that refer to the £4,400 loss guarantee for the publication of the original Life in the United Kingdom: A journey to citizenship handbook.

- The specific terms that allows the TSO to use (for their own commercial purposes) the Home Office crest, official citizenship branding and the right to call their Study Guide and Practice Book official versions.

2. A statement that outlines the process that was undertaken to appoint TSO as the Home Office’s official publisher. In particular this statement should include

- Evidence of how the appointment was made in an open, fair and competitive manner.

- The date that this appointment was made

- The date that this appointment expires

3. A copy of the current contractual agreements between the Home Office and TSO.

If you require any clarification regarding this request please feel
free to contact me.

Yours faithfully

Henry Dillon

Freedom Of Information Team \( IND \), UK Border Agency

Dear Henry Dillon,

Thank you for your below request, which is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act. We will respond shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Feakins,
Freedom of Information Team

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Red Squirrel Publishing

Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ),

I refer to my earlier FOI request of 14 August 2009.

Unfortunately I have not received any of the information requested. It has now been 20 working days since you received my request.

As you will know, public bodies are required by law to respond no later than 20 working days after receiving an FOI request.

I would be grateful if you could send me the requested information or at least explain the delay in delivering this request.

Yours faithfully

Henry Dillon

Freedom Of Information Team \( IND \), UK Border Agency

Dear Henry Dillon,

Thank you for your below enquiry. I realise that we have not been able
to answer your request within the statutory limit for which I apologise.

We will respond shortly.

Yours sincerely,
Freedom of information team

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Red Squirrel Publishing

Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ),

I refer to my earlier FOI request of 14 August 2009.

Unfortunately I still have not received any of the information requested.

As you will know, public bodies are required by law to respond no
later than 20 working days after receiving an FOI request.

I would be grateful if you could send me the requested information.

Yours faithfully

Henry Dillon

Hedges Chris, UK Border Agency

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For the attention of Mr Henry Dillon

Dear Mr Dillon

I am very sorry for the delay in responding to your further Freedom of
Information Act request of 14 August about the contractual relationship
between the UK Border Agency and TSO which is due to ongoing pressure of
work. I am now attaching a response to your request together with some
supporting information from the UK Border Agency website.

Best wishes,

Chris Hedges

Policy Manager

UK Border Agency

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