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Unsuccessful bidders for DN505972

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Dear Oxford City Council,

I would like to know all unsuccessful bidders for the following opportunity:

Workspace Operator: 1-3 George Street and Standingford House, Cave Street
Reference number: DN505972

Yours faithfully,

Isabel Hunt

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Ms Hunt,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 10109

Thank you for your email below. Your request was received on 11th May 2021 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recognises the unprecedented challenges all are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In particular they understand that resources, whether they are finances or people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work. Whilst the ICO can’t extend statutory timescales, they will not be penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting their usual approach during this extraordinary period.

Therefore while the Council will make every effort to comply with the Statutory Requirements you may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer

Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance. Get tested if you have symptoms.

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Ms Hunt,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 10109
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 11^th May 2021 as follows:
 
I would like to know all unsuccessful bidders for the following
opportunity:
 
Workspace Operator: 1-3 George Street and Standingford House, Cave Street
Reference number: DN505972
 
Section 43 – Commercially sensitive information.
 

 1. Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of
any person (including the public authority holding it).

 
Therefore, we have determined that the release of the information
submitted by the unsuccessful bidders  would likely prejudice the
commercial interests of both the Council and the companies involved.
 
This information is therefore exempt from disclosure by virtue of section
43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Commercial Interests.
 
Section 43 is a qualified exemption and the Council are obliged to apply
the public interest test.
 
Public Interest Test
 
Factors favouring disclosure:
Where public resources are being used, there is public interest in
accountability and justification. One of the underlying principles of the
Act is the need to be open and transparent and it can be argued that
disclosure of how other organisations would propose engaging with the
Council to deliver a service could support this.
 
Factors favouring non-disclosure:
The information within tenders is commercially sensitive and would be
useful to rivals within a competitive environment. Disclosure would harm
the commercial interests of the Council and its suppliers, as well as
undermining the professional relationship between suppliers and the
Council.
 
Likelihood of harm:
Disclosure  identifying whether a company is a bidder for tender would be
likely to damage the commercial reputation and therefore the commercial
interests of the Council. Other suppliers in similar procurement
activities, which the Council carries out regularly, would also be less
willing to engage with the Council, leading to less choice and higher
costs to the Council.
 
Balance test:
The disclosure of information under the FOIA, and therefore into the
public domain, would be likely to damage its relationships with the
company concerned, other companies who have bid for tenders  in the past,
companies currently holding contracts  for services, and any companies who
may consider bidding for tenders in the future leading to the Council
being unable to access the best services at the best cost. If the Council
were to be placed at a disadvantage when tendering in the future and had
more limited options to choose from this would be likely to prejudice its
commercial interests.
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [1][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford
City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS.  After
the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask
the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may do this
by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [2][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 

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