Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (111)

Joe Carey


111. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding accessing information in relation to tenders for school building projects after the tender has been awarded; if it is the practice that all those who tendered for a particular scheme are notified in writing where their tender ranked; his Department's policy in relation to this matter; if this information may be accessed through the freedom of information process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45453/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In line with the Department's Design Team Procedures, standard template letters developed in conjunction with the Capital Works Management Framework and which are available on the Departments web-site, are generally used by schools and their design teams in providing feedback to unsuccessful tenderers. Details in relation to the lowest tender is supplied to all unsuccessful tenderers on large scale projects. Unsuccessful tenderers are given information regarding the apparently most successful tender but are not generally informed of their specific ranking in the list of unsuccessful tenderers. With regard to your query in relation to Freedom of Information process, issues in relation to commercial sensitivity would have to be considered when determining a response to any FOI request.