Wider Public Sector Travel Management Services – Government Procurement Service

Wider Public Sector Travel Management Services – Government Procurement Service

Framework Agreement consisting of three lots designed to provide Wider Public Sector Travel Management Service options to all types of organisations within the Wider Public Sector, Local Authority, Devolved Administration, Health and Education sectors. The framework will be split into three lots.

United Kingdom-Liverpool: Travel management services

2013/S 126-216219

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.ukeEnablement@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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

Other: Public Procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Wider Public Sector Travel Management Services
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 20: Supporting and auxiliary transport services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK Wide
NUTS code UK

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: 5
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 800 000 000 GBP

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

This Framework is a collaborative procurement between Government Procurement Service and YPO.
Framework Agreement consisting of three lots designed to provide Wider Public Sector Travel Management Service options to all types of organisations within the Wider Public Sector, Local Authority, Devolved Administration, Health and Education sectors. The framework will be split into three lots;
Lot One is to provide an online only, research and booking tool for UK and International Rail and Accommodation Venues. This Lot is designed to provide a solution which replicates the services currently available through commercial websites.
Lot Two is to provide an for Online research and booking tool and Offline research and booking system for UK and International Rail, Accommodation Venue and Air, including an Out Of Hours Service. This Lot provides all the elements of Lot 1, with the additional service elements of Air Travel, accompanied by offline help, support and booking channels.
Lot Three is to provide a fully managed service to include an Online research and booking tool and Offline research and booking system for UK and International Rail, Accommodation Venue and Air, including an Out Of Hours Service. This Lot provides all the elements of Lot 1 and Lot 2, with the addition of the fully managed service.
Please note that the estimated value range below is for all Lots and is for the 4 year life of the framework.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

63516000, 79997000

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:

See Annex B for Procurement Scope.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 800 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Online Rail and Hotel

1)Short description

Lot 1 Online Rail and Hotel Services to Include:
1. online central or travel booker self registration;
2. customer creation & maintenance of online traveller profiles;
3. password set up & maintenance;
4. rail and hotel inventory research;
5. rail and hotel inventory research (in tool) help and support;
6. rail and hotel bookings;
7. rail and hotel bookings (in tool) help and support;
8. ability to prioritise presentation of rail fares and hotel rates;
9. various payment options supported;
10. rail ticket booking fulfilment and hotel confirmations;
11. rail and hotel amendments and cancellations;
12. rail and hotel refunds;
13. management information (inc. booking history);
14. payment solutions to support a customer’s selected payment option ;
15. feedback/complaints (in tool);
16. system downtime for maintenance (outside of core hours).
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

63516000, 79997000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

There will be a single appointed supplier for Lot 1. Any call-off agreements will be awarded via direct award.
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Online and Offline Rail, Hotel and Air

1)Short description

Lot 2 Online and Offline Rail and Hotel & Air Services to include:
1. online central or travel booker self registration;
2. offline central or travel booker supplier registration;
3. customer creation & maintenance of online traveller profiles;
4. supplier creation & maintenance of offline traveller profiles;
5. password set up & maintenance;
6. rail, hotel and air inventory research;
7. rail, hotel and air inventory research (in tool) help and support;
8. rail, hotel and air bookings;
9. rail, hotel and air bookings (in tool) help and support;
10. ability to prioritise presentation of rail fares, hotel rates and air fares;
11. airline reservations and services
12. the ability to select either pre-registered profiles or create ad hoc traveller details;
13. various payment options supported;
14. rail ticket booking fulfilment and rail, hotel and air confirmations;
15. rail, hotel and air amendments and cancellations (online);
16. rail, hotel and air amendments and cancellations (offline);
17. rail, hotel and air refunds;
18. management information (inc. booking history);
19. payment solutions to support a customer’s selected payment option;
20. feedback/complaints (in tool);
21. system downtime for maintenance (outside of core hours).
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

63516000, 79997000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

There will be a single appointed supplier for Lot 2. Any call-off agreements will be awarded via direct award.
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
Lot No: 3 Lot title: One Stop Shop Travel Management Services

1)Short description

Lot 3 Travel Management Services
1. online central or travel booker self registration;
2. offline central or travel booker supplier registration;
3. customer creation & maintenance of online traveller profiles;
4. supplier creation & maintenance of offline traveller profiles;
5. password set up & maintenance;
6. rail, hotel and air inventory research;
7. rail, hotel and air inventory research (in tool) help and support;
8. rail, hotel and air bookings;
9. rail, hotel and air bookings (in tool) help and support;
10. ability to prioritise presentation of rail fares, hotel rates and air fares;
11. airline reservations and services;
12. meeting and events booking process for external venues;
13. booking and delivery of tickets for ferry services;
14. provide a taxi booking service taxi services;
15. book vehicles on behalf of the customer using the suppliers vehicle hire offerings;
16. ability to reserve coach tickets on intercity coach journeys;
17. facility for the customer to purchase oyster cards for transport in and around London;
18. the ability to select either pre-registered profiles or create ad hoc traveller details;
19. various payment options supported;
20. rail ticket fulfilment and rail, hotel and air confirmations;
21. rail, hotel and air amendments and cancellations (online);
22. rail, hotel and air amendments and cancellations (offline);
23. rail, hotel and air refunds;
24. management information (inc. booking history);
25. payment solutions to support a customer’s selected payment option;
26. feedback/complaints (in tool);
27. system downtime for maintenance (outside of core hours).
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

63516000, 79997000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

There will be a maximum of three appointed suppliers for Lot 3. Any resultant call off contract will be awarded via either direct award or further competition.
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Contracting Authority’s (“Authority”) particular Guarantee requirements are set out in the ITT.
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:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.
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: Candidates must be members of the following professional bodies:
For Lot 1 – IATA TIDS or IATA
ATOC
ATOL
For Lot 2 – IATA
ATOC
ATOL
For Lot 3 – IATA
ATOC
ATOL
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with the Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates must provide assurance, prior to framework award, that they have Insurances compliant with questions SQD5, SQD6 and SQD7 of Attachment 1 of the ITT.
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with the Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
The Contracting Authority may take into account any of the following information:
(a) appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance;
(b) the presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established;
(c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates must provide confirmation, prior to Framework commencement, that they have a registered quality management system based on the principles of either ISO 9001 or the current European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model.
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with the Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
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: no

Section IV: Procedure

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

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: Please refer to Attachment 10 of the Invitation to tender.
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

RM1034
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

of 20.12.2012

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

2.8.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
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

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

As stated in the voluntary OJEU notice, this Procurement relates to Part B services and therefore the Regulations have limited application. Whilst the Authority is broadly following the restricted procedure, it acknowledges that limited provisions contained within Directive 2004/18/EC and/or the Regulations relating to the restricted procedure apply to this procurement. This Procurement however is subject to the general obligations of transparency, equal treatment and non-discrimination
This Market Engagement will be managed electronically via the Government Procurement Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this Market Engagement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at:

http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

Note that, by registering for the eSourcing Suite in this way, you will then be in a position to express an interest in any future procurements run by Government Procurement Service.
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can request access to the Market Engagement. This is done by emailing: ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the Market Engagement; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the Market Engagement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact the Government Procurement Service Helpdesk: Freephone: +44 3450103503 or Email: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk.

Potential suppliers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, Government Procurement Service intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document and the text of any Framework Agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Government Procurement Service. The terms of the proposed Framework Agreement will also permit a public sector contracting authority, awarding a contract under this Framework Agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the contracting authority. Further information on transparency can be found at:
http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/about-government-procurement-service/transparency-and-accountability/transparency-procurement

The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates. If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Framework Agreement with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers. Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework between the supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the Framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The duration referenced in Section II.1.4 is for the placing of orders under the framework agreement.
The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this framework agreement.
The Authority wishes to establish a Framework Agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations):
Local Government and Public Corporations eligible to use this framework can be accessed at the “Public Sector Classification Guide”.
This framework excludes any organisations listed as “Central Government”, “Former Central Government”, “Central Bank”, “Monetary Financial Institutions”, “Other Financial Intermediaries”, “Financial Auxiliaries”, “Insurance Corporations and Pension Funds” or are listed as having a Central Goverment Sponsoring Department on the “Public Sector Classification Guide”
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-285768

For the avoidance of doubt Suppliers will be required to confirm customer eligibility with the Contracting Authority prior to any and all call-off agreement sign-off.
Local Authorities
http://openlylocal.com/councils/all

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/Localcouncils/AToZOfLocalCouncils/DG_A-Z_LG).

NDPBs
http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/a-f

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/g-l

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/m-r

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/recruitment/departments-and-accredited-ndpbs/s-z

National Parks Authorities
http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/

Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department
for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but
not Independent Schools
http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml

http://www.schoolswebdirectory.co.uk/

Police Forces in the United Kingdom
Police Forces and Special Police Forces in the United Kingdom, and/or Police and Crime Commissioners (as defined by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011) and/or the Police Authorities (as defined in the Police Act 1964, Police Act 1996, Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, Police and Justice Act 2006,Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006), and other relevant legislation for the constituent parts of the United Kingdom, for their respective rights and interests.
http://www.police.uk/?view=force_sites

Fire and Rescue Services in the United Kingdom
Fire and Rescue Services (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) – Joint Authorities established under Part IV of the Local Government Act 1985
http://www.fireservice.co.uk/information/ukfrs

http://dontgivefireahome.org/contacts

NHS Bodies England
http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AcuteTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/PrimaryCareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/MentalHealthTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/CareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AmbulanceTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/StrategicHealthAuthorityListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/SpecialHealthAuthorityListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/OtherListing.aspx

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/OrganisationsthatworkwithDH/Armslengthbodies/Categorisationofa rmslengthbodies/index.htm

http://www.general-practitioners-uk.co.uk/

Hospices in the UK
Hospices in UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
http://www.helpthehospices.org.uk/about-hospice-care/find-a-hospice/uk-hospice-and-palliative-care-services/

http://www.hauraki.co.uk/hospice_uk/.

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations)
http://portal.tenantservicesauthority.org/

https://www.rsrsurvey.co.uk/RSRDocuments

Third Sector and Charities in the United Kingdom
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/

http://www.oscr.org.uk/

http://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/

Citizens Advice in the United Kingdom
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm

www.cas.org.uk

http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/

Scottish Public Bodies
The framework agreement will be available for use by any Scottish Public Sector Body; Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies; offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices; cross-border public authorities within the meaning of section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998; the Scotland Office; the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body; councils constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (except where they are acting in their capacity as educational authority); Scottish joint fire boards or joint fire and rescue boards; Scottish joint police boards or any successor National Police or Fire Authority; Scottish National Park authorities, bodies registered as social landlords under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, Scottish health boards or special health boards, Student Loans Company Limited, Northern Lighthouse Board, further or higher education institutions being fundable bodies within the meaning of section 6 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005 any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament, any association of or formed by one or more of the foregoing, bodies financed wholly or mainly by one or more of the foregoing, bodies subject to management supervision by one or more of the foregoing and bodies more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, being appointed by one or more of the foregoing.
Scottish Government
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Home

Scottish Parliament
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/abouttheparliament/27110.aspx

Scottish Local Authorities
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/Government/councils

http://www.scotland-excel.org.uk/home/AboutUs/OurMembers/AssociateMembers.aspx

Scottish Agencies, NDPBs
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/public-bodies/about/Bodies

Scottish NHS Bodies
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/NHS-Workforce/NHS-Boards

Scottish Further and Higher Education Bodies
http://www.sfc.ac.uk/about_the_council/council_funded_institutions/WhoWeFundUniversities.aspx

http://www.sfc.ac.uk/about_the_council/council_funded_institutions/WhoWeFundColleges.aspx

Scottish Police
http://www.scottish.police.uk/

Scottish Housing Associations
http://www.sfha.co.uk/component/option,com_membersdir/Itemid,149/view,membersdir/

The Scotland Office
http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/33.30.html

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations) – Scotland
http://www.esystems.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/register/reg_pub_dsp.search

Scottish Schools
Primary Schools
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isprimaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Secondary Schools
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=issecondaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Special Schools
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isspecial&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search

Welsh Public Bodies
National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local
Authorities, and all bodies covered by:
www.buy4wales.co.uk/UsefulResources/contractsframeworks/organisationlist/poaplist.html?cat=14318

http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/abt-links.htm

http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/civilservice/directorates/?lang=en

NHS Wales
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory

https://www.buy4wales.co.uk/UsefulResources/contractsframeworks/organisationlist/poaplist.html?cat=14318

Housing Associations – registered Social Landlords Wales
http://www.wao.gov.uk/reportsandpublications/housingassociations.asp

NI Public Bodies
Northern Ireland Government Departments
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/gov.htm

Northern Ireland Public Sector Bodies and Local Authorities
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/az2.htm

Schools in Northern Ireland
http://www.deni.gov.uk/index/facts-and-figures-new/education-statistics/32_statistics_and_research-numbersofschoolsandpupils_pg/32_statistics_and_research-schoolleveldata_pg/statistics_and_research-school_enrolment_1112.htm

Universities in Northern Ireland
http://www.deni.gov.uk/links.htm

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland
http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=hospitals

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=boards

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=agencies

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=councils

Northern Ireland Housing Associations
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/contacts/contacts-az.htm/housing-associations-contact

Police Service of Northern Ireland
http://www.psni.police.uk/index.htm

Any corporation established, or a group of individuals appointed to act together, for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character, and
(i) financed wholly or mainly by another contracting authority listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice;
(ii) subject to management supervision by another contracting authority listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice; or
(iii) more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, are appointed by another contracting authority listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice
(iv) an association of or formed by one or more of the Contracting Authorities listed above in this section VI.3 of this notice

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor The Capital Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions
International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1EU London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: info@cedr.com
Telephone: +44 2075366000
Internet address: http://www.cedr.com
Fax: +44 2075366001

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. 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, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: Supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:27.6.2013