Protective Clothing: Contracts for Services:Written question - 71761

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

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Asked on: 09 July 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Protective Clothing: Contracts for Services
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many competitive tenders were issued for the supply of personal protective equipment between 1 March and 30 June 2020.
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 August 2020
Holding answer received on 14 July 2020

Guidance on how contracting authorities should respond to COVID-19 was published on 18 March at the following link:

Authorities are allowed to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency in exceptional circumstances using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

Over 1,000 contracts have been awarded to suppliers for COVID-19 related work, the majority through a direct award, i.e. which does not involve a competitive tender. The supplier will be evaluated by Departmental officials on their financial standing, compliance with minimum product specifications and ability to perform the contract.

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