To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts have been awarded under the Development Collaborative Business Project portal for the Animals in Science Regulation Unit; on what dates these contracts were awarded; and what the duration is of each contract.
The Collaborative Business Portal was originally procured in January 2003 and a contractual agreement was put in place at this time.
Under the normal contract renewal cycle, the contract for the Collaborative Business Portal is currently undergoing a retender exercise. The Home Office has taken this opportunity to carry out a strategic review of its needs with regard to information exchange and security and will put in place appropriate tools to deliver a range of information exchange services using approved procurement processes. The requirements for the Animals in Science Regulation Unit application process are included in this. The Collaborative Business Portal is a business critical tool. Therefore, in order to allow time for the review to be completed and to ensure continuity of service, an interim extension to Fincore's service contract was agreed in December 2011. This will expire on