Tees Valley Legal Services Framework

Johan Briggs made this Freedom of Information request to Tees Valley Combined Authority

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In respect of the Tees Valley Legal Services Framework, please provide:

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

2. the score sheets as prepared by each individual scorer;

3. the finalised score sheet used to determine the firms on the panel (with an explanation as to why any changes were made that deviate from the individual scores);

4. the names of any law firms which received verbal clarifications on the tender process from those involved in the scoring of bids between the tender being published and the tender submission date;

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

6. emails sent by staff at the Combined Authority to the Mayor Ben Houchen about the Endeavour Partnership payment to the airport.

7. the press release issued by the Combined Authority about the Endeavour Partnership payment to the airport.

8. Letters and emails to the Combined Authority that articulate concerns about how the tender process was conducted;

9. Any emails from the Mayor or advisers to staff at the Combined Authority that express a preference for any particular law firms to be chosen to the Tees Valley Legal Services Framework.

TVCA Governance, Tees Valley Combined Authority

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Dear Johan

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Ref:  07/2022

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on the 28^th January 2022

 

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 28^th February 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

[3][email address]

Tees Valley Combined Authority

 

 

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TVCA Governance, Tees Valley Combined Authority

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Dear Mr Briggs,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Ref:  07/2022

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 28^th January, 2022.

In response to your request I can now provide the following
information.   

 

You asked:

 1. In respect of the Tees Valley Legal Services Framework, please
provide: the gifts and hospitality declarations from each person
involved in the scoring of bids.  

Our response:

None of the panel have received gifts or hospitality.

You asked:

 2. the score sheets as prepared by each individual scorer;

Our response:

We do not hold Individual bidding sheets.  They are not retained beyond
the consensus scoring meeting. 

 You asked:

 3. the finalised score sheet used to determine the firms on the panel
(with an explanation as to why any changes were made that deviate from
the individual scores);

Our response:

See attached consensus scores

You asked:

 4. the names of any law firms which received verbal clarifications on the
tender process from those involved in the scoring of bids between the
tender being published and the tender submission date;

Our response:

No verbal clarifications were given. All clarifications are managed via
the portal in writing. 

You asked:

 5. the exact value of the payment made by the Endeavour Partnership in
March 2021 to the Combined Authority subsidiary airport (as reported
at [1]https://netimesmagazine.co.uk/business/t...), as well as any
extra information which can be provided about this payment.

Our response:

We do not hold information regarding the amount of money paid to Teesside
International Airport (TIA).

You asked:

 6. emails sent by staff at the Combined Authority to the Mayor Ben
Houchen about the Endeavour Partnership payment to the airport.

Our response:

 A search of our email system confirms we hold no such emails.

You asked:

 7. the press release issued by the Combined Authority about the Endeavour
Partnership payment to the airport.

Our response:

TVCA did not issue a press release on this issue.

You asked:

 8. Letters and emails to the Combined Authority that articulate concerns
about how the tender process was conducted;

Our response:

We hold no such letters or emails. TVCA has not received any
correspondence expressing concerns about the  conduct Legal Services
Framework tender process

You asked:

 9. Any emails from the Mayor or advisers to staff at the Combined
Authority that express a preference for any particular law firms to be
chosen to the Tees Valley  Legal Services Framework.

Our response:

There are no emails from the Mayor regarding the Legal Services Framework
process.

 

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:
[2]www.ico.gov.uk.   

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.  

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Sally Henry | Governance Officer

Tees Valley Combined Authority

 

 

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It seems very unusual for a public body to destroy all individual scoring documents for a high value tender, especially as there would be several of them.

Are you quite sure that none of these remain in the Tees Valley Combined Authority records?