Disclosure Details

Outsourced Services - 287/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   16/03/2012

Date of response:   20/04/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  16 March 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

We would like to request some information relating to your operations with third-party providers under the freedom of information act.
For each of the below service areas (1, 2, 3), can you please indicate: 

  1. Total expenditure with third-party providers for the provision of the service in the police authority’s catchment area in 2011.

  2. If the provision of the service was open for competitive tender in 2011. If only a proportion of the service was open to tender, please provide the split by value terms (for example, X% of total expenditure on the delivery of the service is open for competitive tender from third-party providers, irrespective of whether a third-party provider was chosen as part of the tender process).

  3. If the service was provided in-house by the police or if it was outsourced to a third party provider. If the service provision was mixed, please provide the split between providers by value. (Please note that staff-related pay and wages is to be included within the cost of service provision) 

  1. Management of custody suite operations (includes full management of custody suite operations, including ‘street to suite’ transportation, detainee welfare including catering, cleaning and laundry, reception duties at custody suites, security.
  2. Fleet management (includes storage, repairs, maintenance, MOT and servicing and associated administration, but excludes procurement of the vehicles themselves.
  3. Forensic services (from on-site crime scene examination/management to off-site forensic science services)
Note: For the purposes of each request, a ‘third-party provider’ is defined as any non-publicly owned/controlled institution – to include private firms, charities, universities and other non-for-profit but independent bodies, but excludes publicly controlled but arms-length institutions such as Housing Associations.

By competitive tender we mean that the delivery of the service was open for bids from different organisations, for example on supply2.gov.uk, regardless of whether there were no bids received or the final decision was to provide the service in-house.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

    1. In the financial year 2011/12 the total expenditure with third-party providers for the Management of the custody suite was nil.
    2. The service was not open to competitive tender in 2011.
    3. The service was provided in-house.
    1. The only element of fleet management that was provided by third-party providers was in relation to repairs.  In the financial year 2011/12 the total expenditure with third-party providers for the repairs was £122,000.
    2. The service was not open to competitive tender in 2011.
    3. The split between in-house and third party providers is as per below:-
      Description Cost (£)
      Third-party provider  122,000
      In-House 2,258,000
    1. For the forensic service the total expenditure with third-party providers in 2011/12 was £1,618,000.  This was for the provision of general forensic services carried out at third-party’s premises.
    2. The service was not open to competitive tender in 2011.
    3. Northumbria do not monitor such expenditure separately, any costs relating to examinations carried out would be absorbed within the Crime Department general equipment and consumables expenditure.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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