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All Defra evidence contracts are closely monitored by Defra specialists working with policy colleagues. Contract variations are required if there are significant changes to any of the details in the original agreement (eg costs, required outputs, timetable, research team, etc).
In June 2010 the Defra contract "Research into noise and vibration from building mounted micro-turbines" was amended due to the supplier having made an error in the financial section of its tender bid. The supplier is not VAT registered and included an element of VAT in its bid. The contract was amended to reflect the correct cost of the contract.