January 2014

Request:


1 a) Copy contract for five years with TSO for publication of the London and other Gazettes effective 1 January 2013.

1 b) All payments to TSO under this contract in the easiest format for you, including bills received but not settled as at 31.12.13.
Please identify:
2) Payments to the London Gazette included in the above relating to BANKRUPTCY, RECEIVERSHIP, ADMINISTRATION, other IP activity

3) Whether there is any contract between NA and BIS (or parts as the Insolvency Service), that allows them to use the above contract, and if so, please supply it. If not please explain how staff of Official Receiver can fill a WEB FORM achieve a posting in Gazette without purchase requisition.

4) Where details of "savings" under this contract are, and whether "costs" include empirical data on manufactured bankruptcy & administration, with loss and consequential to the economy."

Outcome:


Part Successful / Some information not held

Response:


1a)
The published version of the contract for The Gazette, effective from 1 January 2013, is publicly available on Contract Finder:
online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&lang=en¬iceid=749253&fs=true

b) & 2)
No payments are made to The Stationery Office (TSO) or London Gazette under this contract as it is a public concession contract, which gives TSO the exclusive right to operate, maintain and invest in The Gazette service for 60 months from the start of the contract.

The fees charged by TSO to those placing notices in the gazettes are publicly available on their website (www.thegazette.co.uk/all-notices/content/96 ) and all insolvency notices are published online. The types of notice covered are listed at www.thegazette.co.uk/insolvency .

3) The National Archives and BIS (or parts of the Insolvency Service) do not have a contract relating to notice placing in The Gazette. How notices may be submitted is covered in Schedule 1 of the published TSO contract. How notices may be placed is also available on The Gazette website: www.thegazette.co.uk/all-notices/content/72

Pricing for notices is also covered in Schedule 8 of the contract. The concept of 'savings' does not apply to a concessionary contract, where no payments are made to the Contractor. The contract was formally procured to ensure best value for government. If a public sector body (including the Insolvency Service) places a mandated notice (i.e. one that is required by law to be published) electronically, TSO do not charge them for placing the notice.

4).The National Archives does not hold information on: 'empirical data on manufactured bankruptcy and administration, with loss and consequential to the economy'.