Infrastructure UK: Legal Opinion

Treasury written question – answered am ar 23 Mawrth 2010.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Annibynnol, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used to select Linklaters as legal adviser to Infrastructure UK; how the contract for those services was advertised; how many other companies tendered for that contract; and what the monetary value is of that contract.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

The requirement for legal services was competed under the Office of Government Commerce buying solutions "Legal Services - major projects (including complex, innovative PFI/PPP)" framework ref RM373/L8. The requirement was "advertised" via a collaborative Framework Agreement.

The following evaluation criteria were used:

Demonstrable capability of the team in the relevant areas, particularly strong, proven skills in public finance initiative/public-private partnership lender advisory work on closed transactions.

Demonstrable capability to work with public sector authorities in the PFI/PPP sector

Capacity and strength in depth in the firm, to provide the necessary support as and when required

Costs/Fee proposal

Responses were received from eight firms, three of whom were invited to interview.

No monetary value was assigned to the contract. A schedule of hourly rates was agreed subject to staff seniority.

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 24 Maw 2010 2:09 pm (Report this annotation)

Yet another one of the questions from my MP that has little or no relevance to the people he is supposed to represent. Perhaps the odd question about improving the lot of the people of Blaenau Gwent wouldn't go amiss now and then. It seems to me that Mr D is overpaid and underworked as the Welsh Assembly is responsible for so much that he cannot ask questions on the things that matter to most. Perhaps all Welsh MP's should be paid less than their English counterparts as they are responsible for so much less?
Perhaps that's why he asks so many questions on nuclear issues as they are the responsibility of the UK government and he has little of value to say on most occasions on really important matters?