Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Information about Tenders and contracts: examples

Looking at the EU Tenders online database service, Tenders from Irish Public authorities come with the following information addded: "Information in relation to this tender may be made available on demand in accordance with Freedom of Information Act, 1997. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them in response to this contract notice, is confidential or commercially sensitive or should not be disclosed in response to a request for information under the aforementioned act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive."

An example for Galway Council states: "Freedom of Information Act: Galway County Council will have regard to the relevant provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997 in considering the requests to participate and subsequent tenders. If you consider that any of the information supplied by you is either commercially sensitive or confidential in nature, this should be highlighted and the reasons for its sensitivity specified. In such cases the relevant material will in response to Freedom of Information requests, be examined in the light of the exemptions provided in the Freedom of Information Act."

There is a Tender from the House of Commons listed for building services that states: "The House of Lords and the House of Commons are Public Authorities within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and all correspondence received will be dealt with in accordance with the Act." (the only UK example on the database)

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