Mechanical Maintenance Contract

The request was refused by Sparsholt College.

Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

Mechanical Maintenance Contract.

The details we require are:

• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages
• Actual contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots)
• Start date & duration of framework
• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

Scott Hermiston,

Dear Mr Skinner


I refer to your request below. Your request for information does not appear to have any clear public interest purpose. Your request seems to be a commercial request seeking details in order to sell goods or services. Without clear public interest the College considers commercial requests vexatious in line with the Upper Tribunal ruling recently upheld by the Court of Appeal

The Judge indicates in paragraphs 35 and 38 that improper use of FOIa (such as no public interest) is a valid consideration to make when considering if a request is vexatious. Using FOI to gain a commercial advantage or opportunity over another can be included within this definition.

The information requested is withheld from disclosure under Section 14 of the Act.

If you do not agree with the College’s decision, please advise why you consider publication through FOI is in the public interest as opposed to a commercial purpose. Please be mindful that public interest does not mean “curiosity or desire” for the information nor the private interests of the requestor. Its meaning here is the “public good” therefore before we proceed with your request we will need to determine there is some purpose which benefits the general public in releasing the information you have requested.’

Yours sincerely

Scott Hermiston | Director of Funding and Information
Sparsholt College Group (incorporating Andover College, University Centre Sparsholt & Sparsholt College Services)
Sparsholt | Winchester | Hampshire | SO21 2NF
Direct line: 01962 673288
Sparsholt Reception: 01962 776441 | Andover Reception: 01264 360000
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