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Dear Tees Valley Combined Authority,

In respect of the procurement process advertised on 30 May 2021 (https://www.government-online.net/tees-v...) please could you send:

1. the tender specification shared with potential bidders for the panel;

2. the names of the law firms selected to be on the panel and the date the decision was made;

3. the names of all firms that bid for the panel;

4. the scores for all bidders (these can be anonymised if necessary);

5. copies of any emails which were sent by the individuals involved in scoring the bids which mentioned the tender process dated between 5 March 2021 and 5 June 2021.

6. gifts and hospitality declarations from each person involved in the scoring of bids;

7. the exact value of the donation / investment made by the Endeavour Partnership in March 2021 to the Combined Authority owned airport (as reported at https://netimesmagazine.co.uk/business/t...), as well as any extra information which can be provided about this payment; and

8. emails sent by staff at the Combined Authority to the Mayor Ben Houchen about the Endeavour Partnership donation / investment to the airport.

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

TVCA Governance, Tees Valley Combined Authority

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Dear Johan

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Ref:  99/2021

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on the 10^th December 2021

 

Your request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. If this request is for information that the Combined Authority
holds, you will receive the information requested by 12^th January
2022 which is within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.  

 

However, please note the Act defines a number of exemptions that may
prevent release of the requested information. There will therefore be an
assessment of your request to determine if any exemptions apply to the
information requested. If the information cannot be released, or only
released in part, you will be informed of the reasons why, together with
any rights of appeal.  

 

If the information requested refers to a third party, they may be
consulted before deciding whether it can be released.  

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Ruth Callaghan | Acting Governance and Business Support Manager

07769284805 work mob | [1][email address]

Tees Valley Combined Authority

 

 

 

 

 

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Questions 5 to 8 are withdrawn, but it would be interesting to have the others answered.

TVCA Governance, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Dear Johan

The amendment to your request has been noted.

Kind regards

Ruth

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TVCA Governance, Tees Valley Combined Authority

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Dear Johan

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Ref:  99/2021

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 10 December 2021. In
response to your request I can now provide the following information.   

 

You asked:

 

1. the tender specification shared with potential bidders for the panel;

 

2. the names of the law firms selected to be on the panel and the date the
decision was made;

 

3. the names of all firms that bid for the panel;

 

4. the scores for all bidders (these can be anonymised if necessary);

 

We note that you subsequently withdrew original questions 5 – 8.

 

 

Our response:

 

 1. Please see attached (ITT Framework specification)

 

 2. This information is publicly available and can be found on Contracts
Finder or Find a Tender Service. The firms were:

 

o Jacksons Law Limited
o Muckles LLP
o Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
o The Endeavour Partnership LLP, consortium bid with Ward Hadaway
o Geldards LLP
o Addleshaw Goddard LLP
o Pinsent Masons LLP

 

 3. We have reviewed your request, considered if disclosure would or would
be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person
(including the public authority holding it). Having considered this
and balancing the public interest in openness and transparency and the
importance of accountability for public sector decision making
compared with the commercial interests of the Authority, its Group and
commercial parties in relation to the ability to conduct commercial
negotiation and honour any commercial agreements, the authority has
concluded that that the exemption contained in section 43(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies. Accordingly, we will not be
providing the names of all firms that bid for the panel.  We can
however confirm that 16 firms bid to join the panel.

 

 4. Please see attached (anonymised scores)

 

 

If you have any queries or concerns please contact me in the first
instance.  

 

However, if you are unhappy with the way your request for information has
been handled, you can submit a complaint by writing to:  

 

Group Chief Executive, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Cavendish House,
Teesdale Business Park, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6QY.   

 

If, after your complaint has been determined, you remain dissatisfied with
the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner at: 

 

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.  Telephone: 0303 123 1113:  Website:
[3]www.ico.gov.uk.   

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.  

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

 

Ruth Callaghan | Acting Governance and Business Support Manager

[4][email address]

Tees Valley Combined Authority

 

 

 

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If the scores are anonymised there is no good reason not to provide the names of the bidders.