Transport Research Laboratory

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Deputy Chief Whip, Whips, Shadow Minister, Transport, Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many external contracts worth £1 million or more the Department for Transport currently has with the Transport Research Laboratory; and what is the figure as a proportion of the total number of external contracts worth £1 million or more that the department has placed with outside bodies.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

The department currently has five contracts, established following specific invitations to tender, worth £1 million or more, with the Transport Research Laboratory. This represents 1.6 per cent of all the department's contracts for specific assignments worth £1 million or more.

In addition, the department has a number of frameworks in place, which are typically with a number of suppliers through which it expects to place orders on a "call-off" basis. Such arrangements are based on an estimated value of spend over their duration and may include accumulated orders worth £1 million or more, often placed following further competition. The Transport Research Laboratory is included in a number of such framework arrangements.

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