Covid tests

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Can you please tell me what contracts are currently in place and the value of these contracts with Novacyt/Primerdesign for Covid testing weather it be tests or equipment? Include all settings ie NHS or government orders and product type.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Walsh

Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Walsh,

Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1376192
 

Thank you for your request, which we received on 29 November.
 
On 1 October 2021, the responsibility for information relating to the NHS
Test and Trace programme moved from the Department of Health and Social
Care to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). 
 
With your consent, we can transfer your request, which is outlined below,
to UKHSA so that it can reply to you directly. If you wish for us to do
this for you, please contact us at [1][DHSC request email]. 
 
If you would prefer to contact UKHSA yourself, its address
is [2][email address]. 
 
If we do not hear from you by 9 December, we will assume you either no
longer wish to pursue your request, or prefer to contact UKHSA directly. 
 
Yours sincerely, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Yes please transfer my request to the relevant department

Yours faithfully,

Rob Walsh

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Walsh,

Thank you for your message. I can confirm that your request (our ref: FOI-1376192) has been transferred to the FOI team at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) (at [email address])

Yours sincerely,
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Information Rights,

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Dear Rob Walsh,

Your request will be handled by the Information Rights Team at the UK
Health Security Agency (UKHSA). We acknowledge receipt of your email and
request for information, which will be treated as a request for
information under statutory access legislation. UKHSA has taken
responsibility for statutory access requests addressed to Public Health
England and NHS Test and Trace Services.   

  

Please note that requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the
Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) will receive a response
within 20 working days from the day following the date of receipt of your
request.  

  

If the request is for your personal data, your request will be handled as
a data subject access request (SAR) under Article 15 of the General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR), then we will respond within one month of the
receipt of the request.   

  

The UK Health Security Agency is heavily involved in the government’s
response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will aim to address all requests
promptly and within the required response timeframes.  However, when we
are unable to meet the response timeframe we will keep requesters updated
on a revised expected timescale for a response to their request. The
Information Commissioner recognises this position in its recent guidance,
see
link: [1]https://ico.org.uk/media/2617613/ico-reg...

Yours sincerely,
Information Rights Team
UK Health Security Agency
[email address
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