To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to his Written Answer on 30 July (HL9783), where was the invitation to tender for providing services to administer future hereditary by-elections advertised.
1 November 2018
In line with the Parliamentary Procurement Rules (p. 7), the cost of the contract was estimated to be between £10k and £50k and this allows the contracting Authority to select a minimum of 3 suppliers to invite to tender. There is no requirement to advertise the opportunity openly. 4 suppliers were invited to tender and 3 proposals were submitted.