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Framework for Furniture and Office Equipment Remedial, Relocations, Installations and Storage Services

Request ID: FOI-0398-2122
Date published: 17 June 2021

You asked

Dear Sirs, I would like to make a request under the freedom of information act. Reference: TfL 94103 Framework for Furniture and Office Equipment Remedial, Relocations, Installations and Storage Services I would like to request a copy of all tenders received, review reports compiled by TFL in response to the tenders received and communications issued in regard to the award of the contract. Please can you provide the information in word / excel as appropriate based on the file format

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0398-2122/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25 May 2021 asking for information about TfL 94103 Framework for Furniture and Office Equipment Remedial, Relocations, Installations and Storage Services.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

I can confirm that we do hold the information you require, however, we are not obliged to provide you with the information you have requested as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 43(2). In this instance the section 43(2) exemption has been applied as disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice our commercial interests, as well as those of the suppliers who submitted tenders. You have requested information within a Contract Award Recommendation and feedback letters to suppliers which contain commercially sensitive information. They outline the methodology and approach of the bidders and our rationale behind our scores, which could be used to gain insider information especially by a rival company. Releasing this information could deter suppliers from submitting tenders to TfL and would therefore hinder our ability to negotiate the best value for money for services in the future.

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities, particularly where the expenditure of public money is concerned, but in this instance the public interest in ensuring that we are able to obtain the best value for public money outweighs the general public interest in increasing transparency of our processes.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
 

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