Auditor for Audit Scotland

Auditor for Audit Scotland

The Contractor may also be required to carry out examinations into Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness or other audit needs as required.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Auditing services

2016/S 129-231383

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

The Scottish Commission for Public Audit
The Scottish Parliament, Procurement Services
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
United Kingdom
Contact person: Dorothy Houston
Telephone: +44 1313486620
E-mail: procurement@parliament.scot
NUTS code: UKM25
I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scottishparliament/aspx/Home
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scottishparliament/aspx/Home

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Scottish Commission for Public Audit

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Auditor for Audit Scotland.

Reference number: NIC/SER/368

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79212000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, on behalf of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit requires a Contractor to audit the accounts of Audit Scotland on an annual basis, as defined in the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000.

The Contractor may also be required to carry out examinations into Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness or other audit needs as required.

The Contractor must have experience of auditing annual accounts within a public sector context and must not carry out audits on behalf of Audit Scotland for the duration of the Contract.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 100 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

Edinburgh.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, on behalf of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit requires a Contractor to audit the accounts of Audit Scotland on an annual basis, as defined in the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000.

The Contractor may be required to carry out examinations into Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness or other audit needs as required.

The Contractor must have experience of auditing annual accounts within a public sector context and must not carry out audits on behalf of Audit Scotland for the duration of the Contract.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Service delivery / Weighting: 60
Price – Weighting: 40

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 100 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract duration may be extended by up to 12 months with the agreement of the Contractor and the SCPA.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

With reference to ESPD question 3D.12 — bidders cannot be considered for this contract if, within the duration of the contract, they carry out audits of public bodies on behalf of Audit Scotland, as this would constitute a conflict of interest.

With reference to ESPD question 4A.1 — if required by the member state, bidders are required to be enrolled in the relevant professional or trade registers within the country in which they are established.

With reference to ESPD question 4A.2 — where it is required within a bidder’s country of establishment they must confirm which authorisation or memberships of the relevant organisations are required in order to perform this service.

With reference to ESPD question 4C.1.2 — bidders will be required to provide 1 example that demonstrates that they have the relevant experience to deliver the services as described in part II.2.4) of the Contract Notice. This example must be for a publicly funded body (e.g. Government Agencies, NDPB’s, Local Authorities NHS bodies, etc.) or publicly regulated organisations such as Registered Social Landlords or Charities.

With reference to ESPD question 4C.6 — bidders will be required to confirm that they are eligible for appointment as a company auditor under section 1219 (1) (b) of the Companies Act 2006 or a member of a body of accountants established in the United Kingdom or another EEA State. ‘EEA State’ means any State which is a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2.5.1992, as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17.3.1993.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

On behalf of the SCPA, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) uses Creditsafe, an independent provider of online business credit reports, to assess the financial standing of tenderers. Tenderers are encouraged to review their financial performance on Creditsafe and read information about how that data is collected and used prior to submitting a tender. Information and the opportunity to run a free report can be found at: http://www.creditsafe.com/products/business-credit-reports/ If a tenderer does not agree with the credit rating it has been given it can provide supporting evidence to demonstrate its current position and this will be taken into account when the financial standing is being assessed.

If a tenderer is not listed on Creditsafe, for whatever reason, then it may be asked to submit equivalent accounts to enable the required assessment of financial standing to be carried out.

Tenderers should have a Creditsafe credit rating of 30 or higher to demonstrate satisfactory financial standing. If a tenderer has a lower credit rating score and has the backing of a parent company with a credit rating of 30 or higher the provision of a Parent Company Guarantee prior to the award of any contract will be acceptable. If a tenderer has a lower credit rating score and no evidence to support a stable or improved financial standing then the tender may be rejected.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

With reference to ESPD question 4B.5, it is a requirement that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

Employers’ (Compulsory) Liability Insurance 5 000 000 GBP;

Professional Indemnity Insurance 5 000 000 GBP.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

With reference to ESPD question 4C.1.2 — this question will not be weighted and will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Bidders will be required to provide 1 example to demonstrate that they have the relevant experience to deliver the services as described in part II.2.4) of the Contract Notice. This example should be for a publicly funded body such as Government Agencies, NDPB’s, Local Authorities NHS bodies, etc. or publicly regulated organisations such as Registered Social Landlords or Charities.

Ref 4C.10 (10) Bidders will be required to confirm whether they intend to subcontract and, if so, for what proportion of the contract.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Ref 4C.6 This question will not be weighted and will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Bidders will be required to confirm that they are eligible for appointment as a company auditor under section 1219 (1) (b) of the Companies Act 2006 or a member of a body of accountants established in the United Kingdom or another EEA State. ‘EEA State’ means any State which is a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2.5.1992, as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17.3.1993.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Bidders will be required to confirm that they are eligible for appointment as a company auditor under section 1219 (1) (b) of the Companies Act 2006 or a member of a body of accountants established in the United Kingdom or another EEA State. ‘EEA State’ means any State which is a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2.5.1992, as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17.3.1993.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Bidders cannot be considered for this contract if, within the duration of the contract, they carry out audits of public bodies on behalf of Audit Scotland, as this would constitute a conflict of interest.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 19/08/2016
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Tender must be valid until: 30/12/2016

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 19/08/2016
Local time: 12:30

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

With reference to ESDP question 2A.18 — Lots are not considered appropriate for the nature of this requirement.

With reference to ESPD questions 2A.17, 2C and 2D — please ensure that any participants and subcontractors provide a separate ESPD response.

With respect to ESPD Part III (Exclusion Grounds)- bidders may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

The duration of this contract has been specifically designed not to overlap with Audit Scotland’s next appointment of auditors, in order to ensure that service providers are not excluded from that procurement process.

The SPCB, on behalf of the SCPA, does not commit to letting a contract for all or any part of the requirement listed should it become evident that it is not economically viable to do so.

The SPCB, on behalf of the SCPA, will not be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest in or tendering for this contract.

The SPCB, on behalf of the SCPA, provides no guarantee to the volume or value of business that will be procured from the contract throughout its term.

The SPCB uses an electronic system called ‘In-tend’ to manage the tender process. The tender documentation for this contract will be issued and collected electronically via the ‘current tenders’ tab on the e-tendering website: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/scottishparliament

Guidance is available on the e-tendering system but additional help can be obtained by calling Procurement on 0131 3486620.

(SC Ref:450393).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
The Scottish Parliament, Procurement Services
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1313486620Internet address:http://www.parliament.scot
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

04/07/2016

 

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