Contract Notice 2006/05 114-121806
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) which organisations her Department consulted on the contract notice 2006-05 114-121806;
(2) why the contract notice 2006-05 114-121806 published in the Official Journal of the European Union was withdrawn; and whether she intends to submit a revised contract notice.
Andy Burnham (Minister of State (Delivery and Quality), Department of Health; Leigh, Labour)
The advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) was withdrawn and a revised advertisement submitted on
The procurement framework will allow successful companies to offer a range of commissioning skills and services to PCTs who can chose whether or not to use the services offered. This is part of a range of measures to support PCTs and practices in developing effective commissioning as described in "Health reform in England: update and commissioning framework". PCTs are and will remain public, statutory bodies responsible for using their growing budgets to commission the best possible services for local people. They can never outsource this responsibility, or ask others to make these decisions for them.
We did not consult with external organisations prior to issuing the OJEU because one of the main purposes of such an advertisement is to elicit responses from interested organisations.