Framework Agreement for Consultation Analyses for Scottish Government

Framework Agreement for Consultation Analyses for Scottish Government

The Scottish Government is seeking to commission a multi-supplier framework agreement for the analysis of consultations conducted by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Housing Regulator.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Survey analysis services

2013/S 172-297869

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

The Scottish Ministers acting through the Scottish Government
3F North Victoria Quay
Contact point(s): Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate
For the attention of: Neil Stewart
EH6 6QQ Edinburgh
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1312443509

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10482

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Transport Scotland

The Scottish Government Core Directorates

Scottish Housing Regulator

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Framework Agreement for Consultation Analyses.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 10: Market research and public opinion polling services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland.
NUTS code UKM

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 12
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 750 000 and 1 500 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Scottish Government is seeking to commission a multi-supplier framework agreement for the analysis of consultations conducted by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Housing Regulator. The framework will be structured in two lots, a general lot covering the vast majority of policy areas, and a specific lot for housing.
Note: The authority is using PCS-Tender to carry out this procurement process. Please note this is a separate website and if you are not already registered, registration will be required. To access PCS-Tender, record your interest in this notice and access the tender documentation please visit https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk. and search for project Code 1188 within the appropriate area. If you have already registered on Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender and paired your accounts you can access PCS-Tender through your Public Contracts Scotland Control Panel.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79311300

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The number of individual requirements under the framework is unpredictable. In the year 2012/13, there were 54 individual requirements.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 750 000 and 1 500 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.2.2014. Completion 31.1.2017

Information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Housing Lot

1)Short description

Consultation Analysis for Housing, Regeneration and the Built Environment Policy area.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79311300

3)Quantity or scope

Consultation Analysis.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

It is envisaged that 6 providers will be appointed to each lot (although the same provider may be appointed to both lots).
Lot No: 1 Lot title: General Lot

1)Short description

Consultation Analysis, covering policy areas including: Corporate, Strategic and Constitutional issues; Education; Economy; Transport; Local Government; Justice; Equalities, Culture and Commonwealth Games; Rural and Environment; and Health and Social Care. Other areas not covered specifically by Lot 2.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79311300

3)Quantity or scope

Consultation Analysis.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

It is envisaged that 6 providers will be appointed to each lot (although the same provider may be appointed to both lots).

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Consortia must nominate a prime or lead contractor to deal with Scottish Ministers on all matters relating to this procurement. If successful, consortium bidders may be required to accept joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
(7) All candidates will have to demonstrate that they are licensed, or a member of the relevant organisation, in the State where they are established, when the law of that State prohibits the provision of the services, described in this notice, by a person who is not so licensed or who is not a member of the relevant organisation.
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established
(9) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(2) All candidates will be required to provide a statement, covering the 3 previous financial years including the overall turnover of the candidate and the turnover in respect of the activities which are of a similar type to the subject matter of this notice.
(3) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As stated in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 20
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: It is intended to around invite ten operators to tender for each lot (although the same operator may bid for both lots).
Selection criteria as stated in the Pre-qualification Questionnaire.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

CASE/205436
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

11.10.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

18.11.2013
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

(SC Ref:276114).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Scottish Ministers will incorporate a minimum of a 10-calendar-day standstill period at the point that information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be required from the address in point I. 1) of the Contract Notice. If an appeal regarding the award of the Contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rule to take action in the Sherriff Court or Court of Session. Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a Contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the Contract has been entered into the court may only award damages (the purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to apply to the courts to set aside an award decision before the Contract is entered into).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:3.9.2013