27th October 2011
MP champions local firm in fight with MOD
Gordon Henderson has highlighted the plight of a local firm who found it impossible to bid for Ministry of Defence (MOD) work, despite being able to supply equipment that met fully the safety and quality standards required by the MOD.
Unfortunately, although the company met most of the specification requirements, they could not meet the tender requirement that asked for bidders to prove that their equipment had been used in field trials in Desert Storm warfare conditions. Mr Henderson complained that this effectively meant the only company able to bid for the job was the supplier of the original equipment.
Mr Henderson raised the issue in a debate in Parliament called to discuss various flaws in the MOD’s procurement system , a number of which were highlighted during a visit he made to the British Army training unit, Suffield (BATUS) in Canada.
During the debate Mr Henderson urged the Government to renegotiate the MOD contract with the Canadian Government which costs the British taxpayers £100 million each year for use of the BATUS training area.
Mr Henderson said,
“At a time when we are facing huge financial challenges I wanted to raise a number of issues that I believe show there to be serious flaws in the MOD’s procurement system that have contributed to the huge deficit we inherited.
“During the debate I took the opportunity of raising the case of a company on my constituency who wanted to bid for MOD work but were unable to do so because of the way in which the tender document was drafted.”
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