Government declines to reveal details of a £252 million PPE contract saying is “commercially sensitive” to say whether any of the equipment was unfit for use in the NHS or other purposes.

Feb 19, 2021 | Uncategorized

Lord Bethell, the Department of Health and Social Care, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL10941):

Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government which contracts they awarded to Ayanda Capital for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the total value of such contracts; and what value of equipment supplied under such contracts were designated as (1) unfit for use in the NHS, (2) fit for clinical use only, (3) suitable for supply or sale to departments other than the Department of Health and Social Care, (4) suitable for sale or supply to third countries, and (5) required to be destroyed. (HL10941)

Tabled on: 01 December 2020

Answer:
Lord Bethell:

One contract has been awarded to Ayanda Capital by the Department with a value of £252 million. The Contract Award Notice and the contract has been published online at the Government’s Contracts Finder service which contains details of the value of each contract and the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) which have been ordered against each contract.

Delivery is progressing for all the PPE items. All items of PPE undergo a rigorous technical assurance process before they can be released for use at which point decisions will be made about which healthcare setting they are suitable for or whether alternative settings need to be considered. Details of such decisions on individual contracts is regarded as commercially sensitive information as the Department may have to negotiate contract variations, which could include a refund or other form or redress against the supplier.

Date and time of answer: 19 Feb 2021 at 11:37.


Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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