PFI Advisers - Conflict of Interest

Stuart Gamblin made this Freedom of Information request to Brent Borough Council

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Dear Brent Borough Council,

Which companies have advised your local authority on each of its PFI projects and contracts from inception, through procurement, during construction and operation on issues relating to structural, legal, financial, governance, audit and performance review. Please provide that information by each PFI scheme, providing the HMT unique reference number.

Please provide documentation demonstrating how your local authority selected the advisers referred to above? Please provide any internal or external process documents (e.g. from HM Treasury/ Partnerships UK) in relation to the selection, a copy of invitations to tender and tender documents.

Please provide documents demonstrating how your local authority, as part of that selection, ensured that the auditors and lawyers, accountants and business consultants referred to above were not conflicted in any way with any of the organisations involved previously or currently with your PFI project(s). This could include documents, statements and correspondence between the local authority and its auditors relating to any conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest.

Please provide all policies/protocols or any other documentation which demonstrate how your local authority continues to ensure that auditors and consultants continue to be free of conflicts of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Gamblin

Michael Almond,

Information request
Our reference: 7482301

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Dear Mr. Gamblin
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Brent Council
Brent Civic Centre
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Wembley HA9 0FJ
[email address]
 
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Michael Almond,

Information request
Our reference: 7482301

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Dear Mr. Gamblin
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 18 May
2017, as follows:
Dear Brent Borough Council,

Which companies have advised your local authority on each of its PFI
projects and contracts from inception, through procurement, during
construction and operation on issues relating to structural, legal,
financial, governance, audit and performance review. Please provide that
information by each PFI scheme, providing the HMT unique reference number.

Please provide documentation demonstrating how your local authority
selected the advisers referred to above? Please provide any internal or
external process documents (e.g. from HM Treasury/ Partnerships UK) in
relation to the selection, a copy of invitations to tender and tender
documents.

Please provide documents demonstrating how your local authority, as part
of that selection, ensured that the auditors and lawyers, accountants and
business consultants referred to above were not conflicted in any way with
any of the organisations involved previously or currently with your PFI
project(s). This could include documents, statements and correspondence
between the local authority and its auditors relating to any conflict of
interest or potential conflict of interest.

Please provide all policies/protocols or any other documentation which
demonstrate how your local authority continues to ensure that auditors and
consultants continue to be free of conflicts of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Gamblin
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 16 June 2017.
 
In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
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to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Michael Almond
Finance Graduate Trainee
Chief Finance Officer's Service
0208 937 1754
[email address]
 
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Michael Almond,

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Information request
Our reference: 7482301

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Dear Mr. Gamblin
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 18 May 2017.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Michael Almond
Finance Graduate Trainee
Chief Finance Officer's Service
0208 937 1754
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.