It is the intention of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as the Contracting Authority to put in place a second generation contract for the provision of language services. The services required will include but may not be limited to the provision of:
— Face to face interpretation;
— Telephone interpretation;
— Written translation;
— Translation for the deaf, blind and deaf/blind.
Due to its diversity and range of stakeholders the MoJ currently has a range of language service requirements. The MoJ would like to explore potential contracting options further with market providers and key stakeholders within the industry.
As part of establishing second generation contracts, consideration will be given to:
— Contract construct (contract or framework agreement);
— How services could be procured;
— Type and numbers of contracting authorities able to draw off the potential contract(s);
— Division of services into lots*;
— Contract duration.
The MoJ anticipates that its spend under any resulting contract is likely to be 80 000 000 GBP - 160 000 000 GBP, however these figures will vary depending on the number of contracting authorities who may be purchasing and the contract term.
* The MoJ is committed to supporting the government's drive to open up competition and increase opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) suppliers and to give language service providers access to SMEs' creativity and innovation. The MoJ would encourage all SMEs who are interested in participating in this procurement to register their interest.
** Potential providers should be aware that a number of services required will involve dealing with highly sensitive information. Security vetting and provision of information assurance will be of paramount importance in any resulting contracts awarded.
Potential providers should also be aware that some of the services required will need to be available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 80 000 000 and 160 000 000 GBP
LotsThis contract is divided into lots: no