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Andy Slaughter (Shadow Minister (Justice); Hammersmith, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) if he will place in the Library (a) pre-qualification criteria and (b) acceptable non-price criteria used in the tender process for the Commercial Framework Agreement to deliver language services in the criminal justice system;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2011, Official Report, column 310W, on Applied Language Solutions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the financial assessment of Applied Language Solutions.

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Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation); Reigate, Conservative)

In accordance with EU directives, questions and requirements in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) sought to address the financial and technical capacity of companies seeking to provide the services.

The Procurement for the Language Services Framework was undertaken via a Competitive Dialogue Process. The project board set the non-price evaluation criteria as follows:

Criteria Percentage weighting
Service 30
Innovation 10
Quality 25
Assurance of Supply 30
Sustainability 5

Thereafter, the deciding factor was affordability and price. We would accept the lowest priced, affordable and compliant tender, ie there was a minimum threshold for the non-price criteria above which the lowest priced tender would be selected. This threshold was set at 80% (representing an "acceptable" tender standard). Any tenders received which did not meet this level following Invitation to submit Detailed Solution were rejected.

The financial assessment of Applied Language Solutions contains information that is commercially confidential therefore cannot be provided.

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