Further on the Wellingborough prison contract.
There has indeed been an objection to the proposed award to G4S, that is why MoJ hasn’t formally announced the outcome. There will now be a short interval while MoJ confirm that they did everything right. Indeed, it is rather hard to see how the objection could be framed: it’s not enough to say the decision was daft (of what MoJ procurement is that not true?), they would need to show some serious irregularity of process.
As to where the objection comes from, I feel sure neither of the other tri-oplists would wish to upset the customer (and SERCO’s hands are just as dirty as G4S’s, regarding the fraud case). So, my guess it’s MTC, who would also have been pissed off by handling of probation outsourcing and who (if they are the objectors) might as well be on the next plane back to the States.
As I've said before, I'd advise any company seeking to enter the prison market to look at the history (table 6.1 in my book will serve). Free advice: don't!
I was formerly Finance Director of the Prison Service and then Director of the National Offender Management Service responsible for competition. I also worked in the NHS and an IT company. I later worked for two outsourcing companies.
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