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Winning Bid for Security Services Contract

Requested on
Tue 15th April, 2014
Reference
FOI 4260
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Please send me:
1. Copy of the winning bid for manned security services running currently.
2. Evaluation notes of the same manned security services tender method statements

Answer

Following the above information request I am able to provide the following information:
1. Copy of the winning bid for manned security services running currently.
Exempt under Section 43(2) of the FOIA (see below for further details)

2. Evaluation notes of the same manned security services tender method statements
Attached are the notes on the scoring of the successful tender plus all the forms and the guidance notes for their completion

We have concluded that the information you have requested in the first part of your request is exempt from disclosure under Section 43(2) of the Act and we will not, therefore, be able to supply it.  Section 43(2) of the Act covers information which would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the Council) if it was to disclose it. Disclosing information at this level of detail is likely to reveal details of the commercial way in which Foremost Security operates and provides services in a competitive environment.

As Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption, we are also required to decide, on a case by case basis, whether the public interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in its disclosure.  The Information Commissioner has suggested that the factors that would weigh in favour of disclosure would include:

• Furthering the understanding and participation in the public debate of issues of the day.
• Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities for decisions taken by them.
• Promoting accountability and transparency in the spending of public money.
• Allowing individuals, companies and other bodies to understand decisions made by public authorities affecting their lives.
• Bringing to light information affecting public health and safety.

Given the nature of the exemption in this case, i.e. that the exempted information would reveal details of the commercial way in which Foremost Security operates and provides services in a competitive environment, it is our opinion that although factors 2 and 3 weigh in favour of the public interest in disclosing the information, they do not outweigh that in maintaining the exemption. It cannot be in the public interest to disclose information if that would prejudice a third party’s ability to perform its role and participate competitively in commercial activity, nor where the information could impact upon a future tendering process. It is our conclusion that it would not, therefore, be in the public interest to disclose this information.  For these reasons we are not able to supply the information requested.

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