Bird and Bird

Transport written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contracts were awarded by her Department to Bird and Bird Solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and (b) duration of each such contract was.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The following contracts have been awarded by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to Bird and Bird Solicitors since 2005:

Contract description Contract start date / award date Contract end date Contract v alue (exc. VAT)
MOT computerisation contract management 17 March 2005 31 March 2007 337,747.93
Legal services for Test Lane Refreshment Programme 13 July 2005 31 August 2008 99,887.25
Ad-hoc strategic legal advice 14 June 2006 19 March 2008 7,813.84
Legal Review of Transport for London Low Emission Zone Contract 20 January 2007 19 July 2007 31,112.95
Commercial Data Exploitation Advice 1 February 2007 31July 2007 33,491.70

In addition work has been placed with Bird and Bird Solicitors by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) via OGC Buying Solution's legal services framework. This was to represent DVLA in relation to a dispute on the procurement of a Storage Area Network and associated equipment. The value of this work was:

2005-06 34,645
2006-07 21,478
2007-08 1,122

The central Department placed a one off order with Bird and Bird Solicitors in January 2006 for professional charges associated with a DVO e-Learning system. The value of this work was £1,969.

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