Mobile Phone Contracts - 271/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 11/03/2012
Date of response: 21/03/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 11 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.
"I want to make a Freedom of Information request, could you please send me the following information with regards to the organisation’s Mobile Phone contracts. I sent a similar request last year but the information you have provided has now expired well the contract has can you please provide me with an update:
Existing Supplier(s) - If there is more than one supplier please split the contract up
Total contract value- If there isn’t a total contract value please cans you provide me with the latest annual spend on mobile phone.
Number of Users- Number of connections with network provider
Duration of the contract- please state if the contract also include contract extensions
Contract Start Date- please provide me with the month and year and day if possible
Contract Expiry Date- please provide me with the month and year and day if possible
Contract Review Date- please provide me with the month and year and day if possible
The person within the organisation responsible for this particular contract. Can you send me the full contact details Contact Name, Job Title, Contact Number and direct email address.
If the has more than one supplier can you please split the contract into to so they show information for both supplier including, total contract value, users, duration, and the other dates.
Please can you provide me with the latest information - If the organisation’s is currently out to tender please can you also state the approx. date of award along with the information above."
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Please note according to our records we did not receive your request from last year to which you refer above.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Procurement Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Vodafone UK. National Police Contract.
£180,000 Per annum.
Four years no extensions.
No reviews planned.
Simon Baird is the Procurement Officer responsible for this contract. As the further information you have requested at this point is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
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