Freedom of information response

Adult Substance misuse

Publication date: 
Monday 17 August 2020
Request: 

Provision of Adult Substance misuse

• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages

• Contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots), year to date

• Start date & duration of framework

• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?

• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?

• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Response: 

1. We cannot confirm the unsuccessful providers due to commercial confidentiality, but the successful provider was: MIDLANDS PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (MPFT)

2. 
Please see list of published contracts, in this link you will find all the details required: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/our-contracts/current-contracts

3. As above

4. As above

5. As above

6. The Director of Public Health

With regards to Questions 1, the council are of the view that the release of the information in scope of your request would prejudice the commercial interests of the council and potential service providers. The reasons for this have been captured below under the public interest test section.

Public Interest Test:

The council have considered the public interest test in relation to section 43 (2) in releasing the information in scope of your request. The outcome of this is below.

  • Public interest in disclosure:
    • Accountability for spending of public money. Where a public authority is purchasing goods/services there is a public interest in ensuring value for money is achieved.
  • Public interest to maintain the exemption:
    • Companies should be able to compete fairly on a level playing field and details of their unsuccessful bids should not be made public as this could damage their reputation.
    • Releasing the names of companies that were unsuccessful in their bid for this contract could discourage them for applying for future council contracts and subsequently the council could have fewer applications and less choice. This could greatly affect our ability to receive the best possible price.

Based on the above, it is the Council’s view that there is a stronger public interest to maintain the use of the exemption for section 43 (2).

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Request reference:
FOI 10123