To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the contracts with (a) Ayanda Capital and (b) PestFix to provide personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak were approved through the 8-stage process.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
13 July 2021
The eight stage process to assess and approve offers of support to supply personal protection equipment (PPE) evolved over a short period of time at the end of April 2020 to formalise the checks quickly put in place by the cross-Government PPE procurement cell in March 2020. Contracts with Ayanda Capital and Pestfix pre-dated the formalised eight stage assurance process but these suppliers were evaluated by officials on financial standing, technical compliance and ability to perform the contract. The contracts are awarded by the appropriate Departmental accounting officer in line with our terms and conditions.