PFI Advisers - Conflict of Interest

Roddy Ingles made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Cambridgeshire County 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 confirm who you have appointed as external auditors for the year 2015/16 and provide all policies/protocols or any other documentation which demonstrate how you ensure that there is no ongoing conflict of interest in relation to these auditors.

Yours faithfully,

Roddy Ingles

FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Roddy,

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 7845

Thank you for your email of 18th May in which you requested information about PFI Advisers.

Your request will be dealt with in line with the Freedom of Information Act and its regulations. In accordance with the Act, the Council aims to respond to all requests within 20 working days, in this instance by 16th June.

If we require further information, clarification or a fee in order to fulfil your request we will contact you again. Please quote the reference number above in all future correspondence concerning this request.

Yours sincerely,

David Price - Information Management Analyst
Business Intelligence Team – Information and Records
Tel. 01223 743881, Email: [Cambridgeshire County Council request email]
Box No. OCT1224, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

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Price David, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Mr Ingles

I refer to your request submitted on 18th May as shown below.

It is with regret that I must advise you that we have been unable to respond fully to you within the statutory timelimit of 20 working days afforded by the Act and I apologise for this. The major reason for this is the need to obtain information from a number of internal sources and collate that information before assessing its relevance, completeness and suitability for disclosure.

I have now received information which I need to process and intend to do that over the coming 3-5 working days. Once I have completed that task I will contact you again and if appropriate, provide you with the information obtained or advise why it is inappropriate to do so.

I apologise again for the delay,

David

David Price - Information Management Analyst
Business Intelligence Team – Information and Records
Tel. 01223 743881, Email: [Cambridgeshire County Council request email]
Box No. OCT1224, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

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Price David, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Roddy

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref: 7845

 

I write with reference to your e-mail of 18^th May regarding PFI Advisors.

 

We have considered your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act. Please find our response in the attached 4 documents. 

 

I hope this information is helpful but if you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint
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[1][Cambridgeshire County Council request email] or by post at Box No. OCT1224, Shire Hall,
Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this e-mail.

 

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5AF, or via their website: [2]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Generally, the ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a
request until the internal review process has been completed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Price – Information Management Analyst

Business Intelligence Team – Information and Records

Tel. 01223 699137, Email: [3][Cambridgeshire County Council request email]

Box No. OCT1224, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3
0AP

 

 

 

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