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Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 6

The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006

(The document as of February, 2008. Arhiv.Online Library)

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STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS


2006 No. 6


PUBLIC PROCUREMENT, ENGLAND AND WALES


PUBLIC PROCUREMENT, NORTHERN IRELAND


The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006

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 Made9th January 2006 
 Laid before Parliament9th January 2006 
 Coming into force31st January 2006 


ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS


PART 1

GENERAL
1.Citation, commencement and extent
2.Interpretation
3.Utilities
4.Economic operators
5.Application
6.General exclusions
7.Exclusion of contracts awarded to affiliated undertakings or joint ventures
8.Exemption in respect of certain utilities operating in the energy sector
9.Exemption of contracts where activity is directly exposed to competition
10.Reserved Contracts
11.Thresholds

PART 2

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
12.Technical specifications in contract documents
13.Variants

PART 3

PROCEDURES LEADING TO THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT
14.The open, restricted and negotiated procedures
15.Periodic indicative notices
16.Call for competition
17.Award without a call for competition
18.Framework agreements
19.Dynamic purchasing systems
20.Electronic auctions
21.Central purchasing bodies
22.Time limits

PART 4

QUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF ECONOMIC OPERATORS
23.General
24.Mutual recognition concerning administrative, technical or financial conditions
25.Qualification system
26.Criteria for rejection of economic operators
27.Criteria for selection of economic operators
28.Consortia
29.Corporations

PART 5

THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT
30.Criteria for the award of a contract
31.Rejection of third country tenders – supply contracts
32.Contract award notices
33.Information about contract award procedures

PART 6

SPECIALISED CONTRACTS
34.Design contests

PART 7

MATTERS RELATING TO A CONTRACT
35.Obligations relating to taxes, environmental protection, employment protection and working conditions
36.Conditions for performance of contracts

PART 8

MISCELLANEOUS
37.Preservation of records
38.Statistical and other reports
39.Provision of reports
40.Publication of notices
41.Confidentiality of information
42.Means of communication
43.Sub-contracting
44.Attestation

PART 9

APPLICATIONS TO THE COURT
45.Enforcement of obligations
46.Conciliation

PART 10

REVOCATION, SAVINGS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
47.Revocation
48.Savings and transitional provisions

 SCHEDULE 1—UTILITIES

 SCHEDULE 2—ACTIVITIES CONSTITUTING WORKS

 SCHEDULE 3—CATEGORIES OF SERVICES

 SCHEDULE 4—EXTENSION TO NON-MEMBER STATES

The Treasury, being designated[1] for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972[2] in relation to public procurement, in exercise of the powers conferred upon them by the said section 2(2), make the following Regulations—



PART 1

GENERAL

Citation, commencement and extent
    1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 and come into force on 31st January 2006.

    (2) These Regulations do not extend to Scotland.

Interpretation
    2.—(1) In these Regulations—

    "attestation system" means a system under which a utility may have its contract award procedures and practices within the scope of the Utilities Directive examined periodically by an independent person or body with a view to obtaining an attestation that at the time of examination those procedures and practices are in conformity with these Regulations and the Community law to which they give effect;

    "to award" means to accept an offer made in relation to a proposed contract;

    "buyer profile" means a page on the internet set up by a utility containing one or more of the following: periodic indicative notices, information on ongoing invitations to tender, prospective and concluded contracts, cancelled procedures and useful general information, such as a contact point, a telephone number, a facsimile number, a postal address or an e-mail address;

    "carrying out" in relation to a work or works means the construction or the design and construction of that work or those works;

    "central purchasing body" means a utility which is a contracting authority and which—

    (a) acquires goods or services intended for one or more utilities;

    (b) awards contracts intended for one or more utilities; or

    (c) concludes framework agreements for work, works, goods or services intended for one or more utilities;

    "the Commission" means the European Commission;

    "Commission Regulation (EC) No 1564/2005" means Commission Regulation (EC) No 1564/2005 of 7 September 2005[3];

    "Common Procurement Vocabulary" means the reference nomenclature applicable to contracts as adopted by Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 of 5 November 2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Common Procurement Vocabulary[4];

    "contract" means any services contract, supply contract or works contract;

    "contract documents" means the invitation to tender for or to negotiate the contract, the proposed conditions of contract, the specifications or descriptions of the goods, services, work or works required by the utility and of the materials or goods to be used in or for such work or works, and all documents supplementary thereto;

    "contract notice" means, except in regulation 48, a contract notice sent to the Official Journal in accordance with regulation 16(2)(b);

    "contracting authority" has the meaning given to it by regulation 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006[5];

    "contractor" means a person who offers on the market work or works and—

    (a) who sought, who seeks, or would have wished, to be the person to whom a works contract is awarded; and

    (b) who is a national of and established in a relevant State;

    "CPC" means Central Product Classification of the United Nations[6];

    "CPV" means Common Procurement Vocabulary;

    "design contest" means a competition, particularly in the fields of planning, architecture, civil engineering and data processing—

    (a) which is conducted by or on behalf of a utility and in which that utility invites the entry by economic operators of plans and designs;

    (b) under the rules of which the plans or designs entered will be judged by a jury;

    (c) under which prizes may or may not be awarded; and

    (d) which enables the utility to acquire the use or ownership of plans or designs selected by the jury;

    "disabled person" means any person recognised as disabled within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995[7] and "disabled persons" shall be interpreted accordingly;

    "disability" has the same meaning as in that Act;

    "dynamic purchasing system" means a completely electronic system of limited duration which is—

    (a) established by a utility to purchase commonly used goods, work, works or services; and

    (b) open throughout its duration for the admission of economic operators which—

      (i) satisfy the selection criteria specified by the utility; and

      (ii) submit an indicative tender to the utility or person operating the system on its behalf which complies with the specification required by that utility or person;

    "EC Treaty" means the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, signed at Rome on 25 March 1957 as amended by the Community Treaties;

    "economic operator" has the meaning given to it by regulation 4;

    "electronic auction" means a repetitive electronic process for the presentation of prices to be revised downwards or of new and improved values of quantifiable elements of tenders, including price, which—

    (a) takes place after the initial evaluation of tenders; and

    (b) enables tenders to be ranked using automatic evaluation methods;

    "electronic means" means using electronic equipment for the processing (including digital compression) and storage of data which is transmitted, conveyed and received by wire, by radio, by optical means or by other electromagnetic means;

    "established" has the same meaning as in the Community Treaties;

    "European standard" has the meaning given to it by regulation 12(1);

    "financial year" means, except where the context otherwise requires, the period of 12 months ending on the date in any year in respect of which the accounts of a utility are prepared;

    "framework agreement" means an agreement or other arrangement, which is not in itself a supply contract, a works contract or a services contract, between one or more utilities and one or more economic operators which establishes the terms (in particular the terms as to price and, where appropriate, quantity) under which the economic operator will enter into one or more contracts with a utility in the period during which the framework agreement applies;

    "goods" includes electricity, substances, growing crops and things attached to or forming part of the land which are agreed to be severed before the purchase or hire under a supply contract and any ship, aircraft or vehicle;

    "Government Procurement Agreement" means the Agreement on Government Procurement between certain parties to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) signed in Marrakesh on 15th April 1994[8];

    "GPA" means the Government Procurement Agreement;

    "indicative tender" means a tender prepared by an economic operator seeking admission to a dynamic purchasing system which sets out the terms on which it would be prepared to enter into a contract with a utility should that utility propose to award a contract under the system;

    "international standard" has the meaning given to it by regulation 12(1);

    "Minister" has the meaning given to it by regulation 39;

    "Minister of the Crown" means the holder of an office in Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, and includes the Treasury;

    "national of a relevant State" means, in the case of a person who is not an individual, a person formed in accordance with the laws of a relevant State and which has its registered office, central administration or principal place of business in a relevant State;

    "negotiated procedure" means a procedure leading to the award of a contract whereby the utility negotiates the terms of the contract with one or more economic operators selected by it;

    "Office of Government Commerce" means the office of the Treasury having that title[9];

    "Official Journal" means the Official Journal of the European Union;

    "open procedure" means a procedure leading to the award of a contract whereby all interested economic operators may tender for the contract;

    "periodic indicative notice" means a notice sent to the Official Journal in accordance with regulation 15;

    "Public Sector Directive" means Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004[10];

    "relevant State" has the meaning given to it by regulation 4(4);

    "restricted procedure" means a procedure leading to the award of a contract whereby only economic operators selected by the utility may submit tenders for the contract;

    "services contract" means a contract, in writing, for consideration (whatever the nature of the consideration) under which a utility engages a person to provide services but does not include—

    (a) a works contract; or

    (b) a supply contract;

but a contract for both goods and services shall be considered to be a services contract if the value of the consideration attributable to those services exceeds that of the goods covered by the contract and a contract for services which includes activities specified in Schedule 2 that are only incidental to the principal object of the contract shall be considered to be a services contract;

    "services concession contract" means a services contract under which the consideration given by the utility consists of or includes the right to exploit the service or services to be provided under the contract;

    "services provider" means a person who offers on the market services and—

    (a) who sought, who seeks, or who would have wished—

      (i) to be the person to whom a services contract is awarded; or

      (ii) to participate in a design contest; and

    (b) who is a national of and established in a relevant State;

    "ship" includes any boat and other description of a vessel used in navigation;

    "substance" means any natural or artificial substance, whether in solid, liquid or gaseous form or in the form of vapour;

    "supplier" means a person who offers on the market goods for purchase or hire and—

    (a) who sought, who seeks, or who would have wished, to be the person to whom a supply contract is awarded; and

    (b) who is a national of and established in a relevant State;

    "supply contract" means a contract, in writing, for consideration (whatever the nature of the consideration)—

    (a) for the purchase of goods by a utility (whether or not the consideration is given in instalments and whether or not the purchase is conditional upon the occurrence of a particular event); or

    (b) for the hire of goods by a utility (both where the utility becomes the owner of the goods after the end of the period of hire and where it does not);

and for any siting and installation of those goods, but where, under such a contract, services are also to be provided, the contract shall only be a supply contract where the value of the consideration attributable to the goods and any siting or installation of the goods, is equal to or greater than the value attributable to the services;

    "Utilities Directive" means Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004[11];

    "Utilities Remedies Directive" means Council Directive 92/13/EC of 25 February 1992 coordinating the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the application of Community rules on the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors[12];

    "utility" has the meaning given to it by regulation 3;

    "work" means the outcome of any works which is sufficient of itself to fulfil an economic and technical function;

    "working day" means a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday within the meaning of the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971[13];

    "works" means any of the activities specified in Schedule 2;

    "works concession contract" means a works contract under which the consideration given by a utility consists of or includes the grant of a right to exploit the work or works to be carried out under the contract;

    "works contract" means a contract, in writing, for consideration (whatever the nature of the consideration)—

    (a) for the carrying out of a work or works for a utility; or

    (b) under which a utility engages a person to procure by any means the carrying out for the utility of a work corresponding to specified requirements;

    "written" or "in writing" means any expression consisting of words or figures that can be read, reproduced and subsequently communicated and may include information transmitted and stored by electronic means; and

    "year" means a calendar year.

    (2) Subject to paragraph (3), in these Regulations—

    (a) "a Part A services contract" is a contract under which services specified in Part A of Schedule 3 are to be provided;

    (b) "a Part B services contract" is a contract under which services specified in Part B of Schedule 3 are to be provided.

    (3) Where services specified in both Parts A and B of Schedule 3 are to be provided under a single contract, then the contract shall be treated as—

    (a) a Part A services contract if the value of the consideration attributable to the services specified in Part A is greater than that attributable to those specified in Part B; and

    (b) a Part B services contract if the value of the consideration attributable to the services specified in Part B is equal to or greater than that attributable to those specified in Part A.

    (4) Where a thing is required to be done under these Regulations—

    (a) within a certain period after an action is taken, the day on which that action is taken shall not be counted in the calculation of that period;

    (b) within a certain period, that period must include at least 2 working days; and

    (c) except for regulation 33(3), within a certain period and the last day of that period is not a working day, the period shall be extended to include the next working day.

Utilities
    3.—(1) In these Regulations a utility is a relevant person specified in one of the Parts of Schedule 1 carrying out an activity in that Part.

    (2) In this regulation and in Schedule 1—

    "local authority" means—

    (a) in relation to a local authority in England, an authority referred to in regulation 3(2) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006;

    (b) in relation to a local authority in Wales, an authority referred to in regulation 3(3) of those Regulations;

    (c) in relation to a local authority in Scotland, an authority referred to in regulation 3(4) of those Regulations; and

    (d) in relation to a local authority in Northern Ireland, an authority referred to in regulation 3(5) of those Regulations;

    "network" in relation to a service in the field of transport, means a system operated in accordance with conditions laid down by or under the law in any part of England, Wales or Northern Ireland including such conditions as the routes to be served, the capacity to be made available and the frequency of the service;

    "public undertaking" means a person over whom one or more contracting authorities are able to exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of—

    (a) their ownership of that person;

    (b) their financial participation in that person; or

    (c) the rights accorded to them by the rules which govern that person;

    "relevant person" means a person who is—

    (a) a contracting authority;

    (b) a public undertaking; or

    (c) not a contracting authority or a public undertaking, but whose activities include an activity specified in the second column of Schedule 1 and who carries out that activity on the basis of a special or exclusive right; and

    "special or exclusive rights" means rights granted by a competent authority by way of any legislative, regulatory or administrative provision, the effect of which is to limit the exercise of activities specified in the second column of Schedule 1 to one or more entities, and which substantially affects the ability of other entities to carry out such activities.

    (3) For the purposes of the definition of "public undertaking" a contracting authority is considered to be able to exercise a dominant influence over a person when it directly or indirectly—

    (a) possesses the majority of the issued share capital of that person or controls the majority of the voting power attached to the issued share capital of that person; or

    (b) may appoint—

      (i) more than half of the individuals who are ultimately responsible for managing that person's affairs;

      (ii) more than half of its members; or

      (iii) in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals.

Economic operators
    4.—(1) In these Regulations, an "economic operator" means a contractor, a supplier or a services provider.

    (2) When these Regulations apply, a utility shall not treat a person who is not a national of a relevant state and established in a relevant State more favourably than one who is.

    (3) A utility shall (in accordance with Article 10 of the Utilities Directive)—

    (a) treat economic operators equally and in a non-discriminatory way; and

    (b) act in a transparent way.

    (4) In these Regulations a relevant State is a member State or a State listed in column 1 of Schedule 4; the agreements with the European Union by which the provisions in relation to public procurement are extended to those States are specified in column 2 of that Schedule and the statutory provision designating them as European Treaties under section 1(3) of the European Communities Act 1972[14] is specified in column 3 of that Schedule.

Application
    5.—(1) These Regulations apply whenever a utility seeks offers in relation to a proposed supply contract, works contract or Part A services contract or a dynamic purchasing system other than a contract or dynamic purchasing system excluded from the operation of these Regulations by regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 or 11.

    (2) Whenever a utility seeks offers in relation to a proposed Part B services contract other than one excluded from the operation of these Regulations by regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 or 11—

    (a) Part 1 and Parts 9 and 10 of these Regulations apply; and

    (b) the following provisions in Parts 2 to 8 apply—

      (i) regulation 12 (technical specifications in contract documents);

      (ii) regulation 32 (contract award notices);

      (iii) regulation 38 (statistical and other reports);

      (iv) regulation 39 (provision of reports); and

      (v) regulation 40 (publication of notices).

    (3) A utility shall not enter into separate contracts with the intention of avoiding the application of these Regulations or the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, where applicable.

    (4) Where a utility seeks offers in relation to a contract for the purpose of carrying out—

    (a) one or more activities specified in the second column of Schedule 1; and

    (b) one or more activities not specified in the second column of Schedule 1 but to which the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 apply;

and it is impossible, on objective grounds, to determine the activity for which the contract is principally intended, the utility shall award the contract in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.

    (5) Where a utility seeks offers in relation to a contract for the purpose of carrying out—

    (a) one or more activities specified in the second column of Schedule 1; and

    (b) one or more activities not specified in the second column of Schedule 1 nor subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006;

and it is impossible, on objective grounds, to determine the activity for which the contract is principally intended, the utility shall award the contract in accordance with these Regulations.

General exclusions
    6.These Regulations do not apply to the seeking of offers in relation to a proposed contract or dynamic purchasing system—

    (a) other than for the purpose of carrying out an activity specified in the Part of Schedule 1 in which the utility is specified or in respect of a proposed contract referred to in regulation 5(5);

    (b) for the purpose of carrying out any activity outside the territory of the Communities but only if the carrying out of that activity does not involve the physical use of a network or geographical area within the Communities;

    (c) for the purpose of acquiring goods, works or services in order to sell, hire or provide them to another person unless the utility has a special or exclusive right to sell, hire or provide such goods, works or services or other persons are not free to sell, hire or provide them under the same conditions;

    (d) which is classified as secret or where the performance of the contract must be accompanied by special security measures in accordance with the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of any part of the United Kingdom or when the protection of the essential interests of the security of the United Kingdom requires it;

    (e) where different rules govern the procedures leading to the award of the contract and it is to be entered into in accordance with—

      (i) an international agreement concluded in conformity with the EC Treaty to which the United Kingdom and a State which is not a relevant State are parties and it relates to goods or the carrying out of a work or works or the provision of services intended for the joint implementation or exploitation of a project related to that agreement;

      (ii) an international agreement relating to the stationing of troops; or

      (iii) the contract award procedures of an organisation of which only States are members (an "international organisation") or of which only States or international organisations are members;

    (f) by a utility which engages in an activity specified in Category 1 of Schedule 1 for the purchase of water;

    (g) by a utility which engages in an activity specified in Categories 2 to 6 of Schedule 1 for the purchase of energy or of fuel for the production of energy;

    (h) by a utility specified in column 1 of Part S of Schedule 1 for the purpose of engaging in an activity specified in column 2 of that Part of that Schedule where that activity is provided in a geographical area in which other persons are free to provide the service under the same conditions as the utility;

    (i) under which services are to be provided by a contracting authority, or by a person which is a contracting authority in another relevant State because that contracting authority or person has an exclusive right—

      (i) to provide the services; or

      (ii) which is necessary for the provision of the services;

    in accordance with any published law, regulation or administrative provision which is compatible with the EC Treaty;

    (j) for the acquisition of land, including existing buildings and other structures, land covered with water, and any estate, interest, easement, servitude or right in or over land;

    (k) for arbitration or conciliation services;

    (l) for financial services in connection with the issue, purchase, sale or transfer of securities or other financial instruments, in particular transactions by the utility to raise money or capital;

    (m) for employment and other contracts of service;

    (n) for research and development services unless—

      (i) the benefits are to accrue exclusively to the utility for its use in the conduct of its own affairs; and

      (ii) the services are to be wholly paid for by the utility; or

    (o) which is a works concession contract or a services concession contract which is awarded by a utility carrying out an activity specified in the second column of Schedule 1, where the concession contract is awarded for carrying out or providing that activity.

Exclusion of contracts awarded to affiliated undertakings or joint ventures
    7.—(1) For the purposes of this regulation—

    "affiliated undertaking" means—

    (a) in respect of a utility which is subject to the seventh Council Directive 83/349/EC on consolidated accounts[15] as last amended by Directive 2003/51/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2003[16], any undertaking the accounts of which are consolidated with those of that utility; or

    (b) in any other case, any undertaking which is either a parent undertaking, a subsidiary undertaking or a fellow subsidiary undertaking of the utility and—

      (i) an undertaking is a parent undertaking of a utility if it exercises a dominant influence over it, directly or indirectly, and for these purposes an undertaking exercises a dominant influence over another if—

        (aa) it possesses the greater part of the issued share capital of that undertaking or controls the majority of the voting power attached to the issued share capital of that undertaking; or

        (bb) it may appoint more than half of the individuals who are ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of that company;

      and an undertaking is a subsidiary of a utility if the utility exercises such dominant influence over it; or

      (ii) an undertaking is a fellow undertaking of a utility if both are subsidiary undertakings of the same parent undertaking; and

    "joint venture" means an association formed exclusively by a number of utilities for the purpose of carrying out any of the activities specified in the second column of Schedule 1.

    (2) Subject to paragraph (3), these Regulations do not apply to the seeking of offers in relation to contracts which—

    (a) a utility proposes to award to an affiliated undertaking; or

    (b) a joint venture proposes to award to an affiliated undertaking of one of its members.

    (3) Paragraph (2) applies—

    (a) in relation to services contracts, provided that at least 80% of the average turnover of the affiliated undertaking in respect of services for the preceding 3 years derives from the provision of such services to one or more of its affiliated undertakings;

    (b) in relation to supplies contracts, provided that at least 80% of the average turnover of the affiliated undertaking in respect of supplies for the preceding 3 years derives from the provision of such supplies to one or more of its affiliated undertakings; and

    (c) in relation to works contracts, provided that at least 80% of the average turnover of the affiliated undertaking in respect of works for the preceding 3 years derives from the provision of such works to one or more of its affiliated undertakings.

    (4) Where more than one of its affiliated undertakings provides the same or similar services, supplies or works, a utility may calculate the percentages referred to in paragraph (3) by taking into account the total turnover deriving respectively from the provision of services, supplies or works by those affiliated undertakings.

    (5) For the purposes of paragraph (3), when turnover amounts are not available for the preceding three years because of the date upon which a relevant affiliated undertaking was created or commenced activities, it is sufficient for that affiliated undertaking to show, particularly by means of business projections, that the turnover in respect of the provision of services, supplies or works is credible.

    (6) These Regulations do not apply to the seeking of offers in relation to contracts which—

    (a) a joint venture proposes to award to one of its members; or

    (b) a utility proposes to award to a joint venture of which it is a member provided that—

      (i) the joint venture has been set up in order to carry out the activity for which the contract is being sought over a period of at least 3 years; and

      (ii) the instrument setting up the joint venture stipulates that its members will be part of the joint venture for at least the same period.

    (7) A utility which relies on the exclusions in paragraphs (2) or (6) shall, if the Commission requests it, send to the Minister—

    (a) the names of the undertakings or joint ventures concerned;

    (b) the value of the consideration and the type of—

      (i) services to be provided under any services contract;

      (ii) goods to be purchased or hired under any supply contract; or

      (iii) work or works to be carried out under any works contracts;

    excluded in accordance with paragraphs (2) or (6); and

    (c) any information which is necessary to justify the use of the exclusion.

Exemption in respect of certain utilities operating in the energy sector
    8.—(1) A utility carrying out one or more of the activities referred to in Commission Decision 97/367/EC[17] is excluded from having to comply with Parts 2 to 5 of these Regulations and regulations 34, 35, 37, 38 other than paragraphs (2)(a), 40 and 43 in seeking offers in relation to a contract to be awarded for the purpose of carrying out one or more such activities.

    (2) A utility which relies on the exemption in paragraph (1) shall observe the principles of non-discrimination and competitive procurement, and in particular shall—

    (a) hold a competition unless it can objectively justify not doing so; and

    (b) in—

      (i) making information about its procurement intentions available to economic operators;

      (ii) specifying its requirements to them;

      (iii) establishing and using a qualification system;

      (iv) selecting economic operators to tender for or to negotiate the contract;

      (v) holding any design contest; and

      (vi) awarding the contract;

    make decisions objectively on the basis of relevant criteria.

    (3) A utility which relies on the exemption in paragraph (1) shall—

    (a) in respect of a contract awarded by it the value of which, calculated in accordance with regulation 11, exceeds 5,000,000 euro, send to the Commission not later than 48 days after the award the following information—

      (i) the name and address of the utility;

      (ii) the nature of the contract, namely whether it is a supply contract, a services contract or a works contract and whether it is a framework agreement;

      (iii) a clear indication of the nature (for example, by using the Classification of Products by Activity[18] of—

        (aa) the goods to be purchased or hired under the contract;

        (bb) the work or works to be carried out under the contract; or

        (cc) the services to be provided under the contract;

      (iv) whether the contract was advertised and, if so, in which publication and, if not, the procedure or method used to decide to whom the contract should be awarded;

      (v) the number of offers received;

      (vi) the date of the award of the contract;

      (vii) the name and address of the person to whom the contract was awarded;

      (viii) the value of the contract, calculated in accordance with regulation 11;

      (ix) the expected duration of the contract;

      (x) any share of the contract which has been, or may be, sub-contracted, to which over 10% of the value of the consideration to be given under the contract is attributable;

      (xi) in the case of a supply contract, the country of origin of the goods and in the case of a works contract or a services contract, the principal country from which the contract is to be performed;

      (xii) where the contract was awarded on the basis of the offer which was the most economically advantageous, the main criteria on which the decision was based; and

      (xiii) whether the contract was awarded to an economic operator which offered a variant on the requirements specified in the contract documents; and

    (b) in respect of a supply contract or a services contract awarded by it the value of which, calculated in accordance with regulation 11, equals or exceeds 400,000 euro but does not exceed 5,000,000 euro—

      (i) retain the information specified in sub-paragraphs (a)(i) to (ix) for not less than 4 years after the award; and

      (ii) either—

        (aa) if the Commission requests that information in relation to any such contract, forthwith send it to the Minister; or

        (bb) where no such request has been made, send that information to the Commission not later than 48 days after the end of the period of 3 months ending on the last day of March, June, September or December in which the contract was awarded.

Exemption of contracts where activity is directly exposed to competition
    9.—(1) These Regulations do not apply to the seeking of offers in relation to a contract awarded by a utility for the purpose of carrying out an activity specified in Column 2 of Schedule 1 where that activity is directly exposed to competition on markets to which access is unrestricted and this will be the case if one of the following conditions is satisfied—

    (a) the Office of Government Commerce has notified the Commission in accordance with Article 30 of the Utilities Directive of all the relevant facts and—

      (i) the Commission has adopted a decision that an exemption should apply in response to such a notification; or

      (ii) the Commission has not adopted a decision in relation to such a notification within the time limits specified in Article 30(6) of the Utilities Directive;

    (b) the Commission has, on the application of a utility—

      (i) adopted a decision that an exemption should apply to the activity concerned; or

      (ii) has not adopted such a decision within the time limit specified in Article 30(6) of the Utilities Directive; or

    (c) the Commission has, of its own initiative—

      (i) adopted a decision that an exemption should apply to the activity concerned; or

      (ii) has not adopted such a decision within the time limit specified in Article 30(6) of the Utilities Directive and for the purposes of this sub-paragraph that time limit commences on the date that the Commission has informed the Office of Government Commerce in accordance with that Article that the matter was under consideration.

    (2) A utility may make an application to the Commission in accordance with Article 30 of the Utilities Directive for a decision that an activity that utility carries out or is proposing to carry out which is specified in the second column of Schedule 1 is directly exposed to competition on markets to which access is not restricted.

    (3) An application made by a utility in accordance with paragraph (2) shall be in writing and shall specify—

    (a) the activity in respect of which the notification or application is made;

    (b) the relevant facts and in particular, any law, regulation, administrative provision or agreement concerning compliance with the conditions that the activity is not directly exposed to competition on markets to which access is not restricted; and

    (c) whether the activity concerned is subject to any of the Community legislation referred to in Annex XI to the Utilities Directive and where it is, the relevant implementing legislation in the UK.

Reserved Contracts
    10.—(1) In this regulation—

    "supported business" means a service where more than 50% of the workers are disabled persons who by reason of the nature or severity of their disability are unable to take up work in the open labour market and "supported businesses" shall be interpreted accordingly;

    "supported employment programme" means a scheme under which work is provided for disabled persons and where more than 50% of the workers so supported are disabled persons who by reason of the nature or severity of their disability are unable to take up work in the open labour market and "supported employment programmes" shall be interpreted accordingly; and

    "supported factory" means an establishment where more than 50% of the workers are disabled persons who by reason of the nature or severity of their disability are unable to take up work in the open labour market and "supported factories" shall be interpreted accordingly.

    (2) A utility may reserve the right to participate in a contract award procedure or dynamic purchasing system to economic operators which operate supported factories, supported businesses or supported employment programmes.

    (3) Where a utility has reserved the right to participate in a contract or dynamic purchasing system in accordance with paragraph (2), it shall follow the contract award procedures set out in these Regulations.

    (4) When seeking offers in relation to a contract, or dynamic purchasing system, a utility shall specify in the contract notice if it is using the approach referred to in paragraph (2).

Thresholds
    11.—(1) These Regulations do not apply to the seeking of offers in relation to a proposed contract, dynamic purchasing system or framework agreement where the estimated value of the contract, dynamic purchasing system or framework agreement (net of value added tax) at the relevant time is less than the relevant threshold.

    (2) Except where paragraph (17) applies, for the purposes of paragraph (1), the relevant threshold is—

    (a) 422,000 euro for a supply contract or a services contract; and

    (b) 5,278,000 euro for a works contract.

    (3) The value in pounds sterling of any amount expressed in these Regulations in euro is calculated by reference to the rate for the time being applying for the purposes of the Utilities Directive as published from time to time in the Official Journal.

    (4) For the purposes of paragraph (1) the estimated value of a contract is the value of the total consideration payable, net of value added tax (calculated in accordance with this regulation), which the utility expects to be payable under the contract.

    (5) In determining the value of the total consideration which the utility expects to be payable under a contract it shall, where appropriate, take account of—

    (a) any form of option;

    (b) any renewal of the contract;

    (c) any prize or payment awarded by the utility to the economic operator;

    (d) the premium payable and other forms of remuneration for insurance services;

    (e) fees, commissions, interest or other forms of remuneration payable for banking and other financial services; or

    (f) fees, commissions or other forms of remuneration payable for design services.

    (6) For the purposes of paragraph (1) the estimated value of a supply contract for the hire of goods is—

    (a) the value of the consideration which the utility expects to be payable under the contract if the term of the contract is fixed for 12 months or less;

    (b) the value of the consideration which the utility expects to be payable under the contract if the term of the contract is fixed for more than 12 months; or

    (c) the value of the monthly consideration payable under the contract multiplied by 48 if the term of the contract is indefinite or uncertain at the time the contract is entered into.

    (7) For the purposes of paragraph (1) the estimated value of a services contract which does not indicate a total price, is—

    (a) the aggregate of the value of the consideration which the utility expects to be payable under the contract if the term of the contract is fixed for 48 months or less; or

    (b) the value of the consideration which the utility expects to be payable in respect of each month of the period multiplied by 48 if the term of the contract is fixed for more than 48 months, or over an indefinite period.

    (8) Subject to paragraphs (9) and (12), where a utility has a single requirement for goods or services or for the carrying out of a work or works and a number of contracts have been entered into or are to be entered into to fulfil that requirement, the estimated value for the purposes of paragraph (1) of each of those contracts is the aggregate of the value of the consideration which the utility expects to be payable under each of those contracts.

    (9) Paragraph (8) does not apply to any contract (unless the utility chooses to apply that paragraph to a contract) if the contract has an estimated value of less than—

    (a) 80,000 euro for a services contract or a supply contract; or

    (b) 1,000,000 euro for a works contract;

and the aggregate value of that contract and any other such contract is less than 20% of the aggregate of the value of the consideration which the utility has given or expects to be payable under all the contracts entered into or to be entered into to fulfil the single requirement for goods, services or for the carrying out of a work or works.

    (10) Subject to paragraph (12), where a utility has a requirement over a period for goods or services and for that purpose enters into—

    (a) a series of contracts; or

    (b) a contract which under its terms is renewable;

the estimated value for the purposes of paragraph (1) of the contract shall be the amount calculated in accordance with paragraph (11).

    (11) The utility shall calculate the amount referred to in paragraph (10) either—

    (a) by taking the aggregate of the value of the consideration payable under contracts which—

      (i) have similar characteristics; and

      (ii) are for the same type of goods or services;

    during the last financial year of the utility ending before, or the period of 12 months ending immediately before, the relevant time, and by adjusting that amount to take account of any expected changes in quantity and cost of the goods to be purchased or hired or services to be provided in the period of 12 months commencing with the relevant time; or

    (b) by estimating the aggregate of the value of the consideration which the utility expects to be payable under contracts which have similar characteristics, and which are for the same type of goods or services during—

      (i) in the case of supply contracts, the period of 12 months from the first date of the delivery of the goods to be purchased or hired, or in the case of services contracts, from the first date on which the services will be performed; or

      (ii) the financial year if that is longer than 12 months.

    (12) Notwithstanding paragraphs (8) and (10), in relation to a supply contract or a services contract, when the goods or services are required for the sole purposes of a discrete operational unit within the organisation of a utility and—

    (a) the decision whether to procure those goods or services has been devolved to such a unit; and

    (b) that decision is taken independently of any other part of the utility;

the valuation methods described in paragraphs (8) and (11) shall be adapted by aggregating only the value of the consideration which was payable or the utility expects to be payable, as the case may be, under a supply contract or a services contract which was or is required for the sole purpose of that unit.

    (13) Where a utility intends to provide any goods or services to the economic operator awarded a works contract for the purpose of carrying out that contract, the value of the consideration of the works contract for the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (8) shall be taken to include the estimated value at the relevant time of those goods and services.

    (14) Where the estimated value of a works contract is less than the threshold and where goods or services which are not necessary for its execution are to be purchased, hired or provided under it, the estimated value of the contract for the purposes of paragraph (1) shall be the value of the consideration which the utility expects to give for the goods and services and the relevant contract shall be treated as a supply or services contract, as appropriate.

    (15) Where under a contract both goods are to be purchased or hired and services are to be provided, the estimated value of the contract is the aggregate of the values of the consideration attributable to the purchase or hire of the goods including any siting and installation of the goods and of the consideration attributable to the provision of the services, regardless of whether the estimated value of either the goods or services is less than the threshold specified in paragraph (2).

    (16) The estimated value of a dynamic purchasing system or of a framework agreement is the aggregate of the values estimated in accordance with this regulation of all the contracts which could be entered into under the framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system.

    (17) The relevant threshold for the purposes of paragraph (1) for a dynamic purchasing system or a framework agreement is the threshold for—

    (a) a works contract, where that framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system relates to the carrying out of work or works;

    (b) a services contract where that framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system relates to the provision of services; or

    (c) a supply contract where that framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system relates to the purchase or hire of goods.

    (18) A utility shall not enter into separate contracts nor exercise a choice under a valuation method with the intention of avoiding the application of these Regulations to those contracts.

    (19) The relevant time for the purposes of paragraphs (1), (11) and (13) means—

    (a) if the utility selects economic operators to tender for or to negotiate the contract in accordance with a qualification system established in accordance with regulation 25, the date on which the selection commences;

    (b) if the utility satisfies the requirement that there be a call for competition by indicating the intention to award the contract in a periodic indicative notice in accordance with regulation 16(2)(a)(i), the date on which the notice is sent to the Official Journal; or

    (c) in any other case, the date on which a contract notice would be sent to the Official Journal if the requirement that there be a call for competition applied and the utility decided to satisfy that requirement by sending such a notice.



PART 2

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Technical specifications in contract documents
    12.—(1) In this regulation—

    "common technical specification" means a technical specification drawn up in accordance with a procedure recognised by the member States with a view to uniform application in all member States and which has been published in the Official Journal;

    "European standard" means a standard adopted by a European standards organisation and made available to the general public;

    "European technical approval" means an approval of the fitness for use of a product, issued by an approval body designated for the purpose by a member State, following a technical assessment of whether the product fulfils the essential requirements for building works, having regard to the inherent characteristics of the product and the defined conditions of application and use;

    "international standard" means a standard adopted by an international standards organisation and made available to the general public;

    "British standard" means a standard adopted by a British standards organisation and made available to the general public;

    "recognised bodies" means test and calibration laboratories and certification and inspection bodies which comply with applicable European standards and "recognised body" shall be interpreted accordingly;

    "standard" means a technical specification approved by a recognised standardisation body for repeated and continuous application, compliance with which is not compulsory and which is an international standard, a European Standard or a British standard;

    "technical reference" means any product produced by European standardisation bodies, other than official standards, according to procedures adopted for the development of market needs; and

    "technical specifications" means—

    (a) in the case of a services contract or a supply contract, a specification in a document defining the required characteristics of materials, goods or services, such as quality levels, environmental performance levels, design for all requirements (including accessibility for disabled persons) and conformity assessment, performance, use of a product, safety or dimensions, including requirements relevant to the product as regards the name under which the product is sold, terminology, symbols, testing and test methods, packaging, marking and labelling, user instructions, production processes and methods and conformity assessment procedures; and

    (b) in the case of a works contract, the totality of the technical prescriptions contained, in particular, in the contract documents, defining the characteristics required of the work, works, materials or goods, which permits the work, works, materials or goods to be described in a manner such that it fulfils the use for which it is intended by the utility and these characteristics shall include—

      (i) levels of environmental performance, design for all requirements (including accessibility for disabled persons) and conformity assessment, performance, safety or dimensions, including the procedures concerning quality assurance, terminology, symbols, testing and test methods, packaging, marking and labelling, user instructions and production processes and methods;

      (ii) rules relating to design and costing, the test, inspection and acceptance conditions for work or works and methods or techniques of construction; and

      (iii) all other technical conditions which the utility is in a position to prescribe, under general or specific regulations, in relation to the finished work or works and to the materials or parts which they involve.

    (2) Where a utility wishes to lay down technical specifications which must be met by—

    (a) the services to be provided under a services contract and the materials and goods used in or for it;

    (b) the goods to be purchased or hired under a supply contract; or

    (c) the work or works to be carried out under a works contract and the materials and goods used in or for it;

it shall specify those technical specifications in the contract documents.

    (3) When laying down technical specifications in accordance with paragraph (2), a utility shall wherever possible take into account accessibility criteria for disabled persons or the suitability of the design for all users.

    (4) A utility shall ensure that technical specifications afford equal access to economic operators and do not have the effect of creating unjustified obstacles to the opening up of public procurement to competition.

    (5) Subject to technical requirements which are mandatory in the United Kingdom and to the extent that those requirements are compatible with Community obligations, a utility shall define the technical specifications required for a contract in accordance with paragraphs (6), (7), (8) or (9).

    (6) A utility may define the technical specifications referred to in paragraph (5)—

    (a) by reference to technical specifications in the following order of preference—

      (i) British standards transposing European standards;

      (ii) European technical approvals;

      (iii) common technical specifications;

      (iv) international standards; or

      (v) other technical reference systems established by the European standardisation bodies; or

    (b) in the absence of the technical specifications referred to in sub-paragraph (a), by reference to the following technical specifications—

      (i) British standards;

      (ii) British technical approvals; or

      (iii) British technical specifications relating to the design, calculation and execution of the work or works and use of the products;

    and each reference to a technical specification made in accordance with this paragraph shall be accompanied by the words "or equivalent".

    (7) A utility may define the technical specifications referred to in paragraph (5) in terms of performance or functional requirements (which may include environmental characteristics) provided that the requirements are sufficiently precise to allow an economic operator to determine the subject of the contract and a utility to award the contract.

    (8) A utility may define the technical specifications referred to in paragraph (5) by defining performance and functional requirements as referred to in paragraph (7) with reference to the technical specifications referred to in paragraph (6) as a means of presuming conformity with such performance or functional requirements.

    (9) A utility may define the technical specifications referred to in paragraph (5) by reference to technical specifications referred to in paragraph (6) for certain characteristics and by reference to performance or functional requirements referred to in paragraph (7) for other characteristics.

    (10) Where a utility defines technical specifications as referred to in paragraph (6), it shall not reject an offer on the basis that the materials, goods or services offered do not comply with those technical specifications if an economic operator proves to the satisfaction of the utility by any appropriate means that the one or more solutions that economic operator proposes in its tender satisfy the requirements of the technical specifications in an equivalent manner.

    (11) Where a utility defines technical specifications in terms of performance or functional requirements as referred to in paragraph (7), it shall not reject an offer for materials, goods, services, work or works which complies with—

    (a) a British standard transposing a European standard;

    (b) a European technical approval;

    (c) a common technical specification;

    (d) an international standard; or

    (e) a technical reference system established by a European standardisation body;

if those technical specifications address the performance or functional requirements referred to by the utility and the economic operator proves in its tender to the satisfaction of the utility by any appropriate means that the work, works, materials, goods or services meet the performance or functional requirements of the utility.

    (12) Where a utility lays down environmental characteristics in terms of performance or functional requirements as referred to in paragraph (7), it may use the detailed technical specifications, or if necessary, parts thereof, as defined by European, national or multi-national eco-labels or by any other eco-label, provided that—

    (a) those technical specifications are appropriate to define the characteristics of the materials, goods or services that are the object of the contract;

    (b) the eco-label requirements are drawn up on the basis of scientific information;

    (c) the eco-label is adopted using a procedure in which all stakeholders, such as government bodies, consumers, manufacturers, distributors and environmental organisations, are able to participate; and

    (d) the technical specifications are accessible to any party interested.

    (13) A utility may indicate in the contract documents that the materials, goods or services bearing the eco-label are presumed to comply with the technical specifications laid down in the contract documents and shall accept any other appropriate means of proof that the materials, goods or services comply with those technical specifications.

    (14) The term "appropriate means" referred to in paragraphs (10), (11) and (13) includes a technical dossier of a manufacturer or a test report from a recognised body.

    (15) A utility shall accept certificates from recognised bodies established in other member States when considering whether a tender for a contract conforms with the technical specifications laid down by the utility in accordance with paragraph (2).

    (16) Subject to paragraph (17), a utility shall not lay down technical specifications in the contract documents which refer to—

    (a) materials or goods of a specific make or source or to a particular process; or

    (b) trademarks, patents, types, origin or means of production;

which have the effect of favouring or eliminating particular economic operators.

    (17) Notwithstanding paragraph (16), exceptionally, a utility may incorporate the references referred to in paragraph (16) into the technical specifications in the contract documents, provided that the references are accompanied by the words "or equivalent", where—

    (a) the subject of the contract makes the use of such references indispensable; or

    (b) the subject of the contract cannot otherwise be described by reference to technical specifications which are sufficiently precise and intelligible to all economic operators.

    (18) Subject to paragraph (19), a utility shall provide to any economic operator which is interested in obtaining a contract and which makes a request, a copy of the technical specifications which are regularly laid down as terms of the contracts which that utility awards or which it intends to lay down as terms of a contract which has been indicated in a periodic indicative notice sent to the Official Journal in accordance with regulation 15.

    (19) Where the technical specifications referred to in paragraph (18) are based on documents which are separately available to economic operators, the obligation in paragraph (18) shall be satisfied by informing any economic operator which makes a request, of the documents which include those technical specifications.

Variants
    13.—(1) Where a utility intends to award a contract on the basis of the offer which is the most economically advantageous in accordance with regulation 30(1)(a), it shall indicate in the contract notice whether or not it authorises economic operators to submit offers which contain variants on the requirements specified in the contract documents and a utility shall not accept an offer which contains a variant without that indication.

    (2) Where a utility authorises a variation in accordance with paragraph (1), it shall state in the contract notice the minimum requirements to be met by the variants and any specific requirements for the presentation of an offer which contains variants.

    (3) A utility shall only consider variants which meet its minimum requirements as stated in the contract documents in accordance with paragraph (2).

    (4) A utility shall not reject an offer which contains variants on the requirements specified in the contract documents on the ground that—

    (a) where it intends to award a services contract, the offer would lead to the award of a supply contract; or

    (b) where it intends to award a supply contract, the offer would lead to the award of a services contract.



PART 3

PROCEDURES LEADING TO THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT

The open, restricted and negotiated procedures
    14.For the purposes of seeking offers in relation to a proposed contract a utility shall use the open procedure, the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure.

Periodic indicative notices
    15.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (4), (6) and (7), a utility shall, at least once every 12 months, send a notice in the form of the periodic indicative notice in Annex IV to Commission Regulation (EC) No 1564/2005 and containing the information therein specified to the Commission or publish it on that utility's buyer profile as soon as possible after—

    (a) the beginning of the financial year in the case of supply contracts, services contracts or framework agreements for the purchase or hire of goods or for the provision of services; or

    (b) the decision authorising the programme of works contracts or framework agreements for the carrying out of work or works, in the case of works contracts or framework agreements for the carrying out of work or works.

    (2) The notice referred to in paragraph (1) shall contain information in respect of—

    (a) the supply contracts, the services contracts or the framework agreements referred to in paragraph (1)(a) which the utility expects to award during the period of 12 months beginning with the date of the notice; and

    (b) the works contracts or the framework agreements referred to in paragraph (1)(b) which the utility expects to award during the period of 12 months beginning with the date of the notice;

and that notice shall be sub-divided to give that information separately for each product area of goods by reference to the CPV nomenclature of each category of works or services as specified in Schedules 2 and 3.

    (3) Where a utility publishes a notice on its buyer profile in accordance with paragraph (1), it shall also send a notice informing of such publication to the Commission by electronic means in accordance with the format and procedure for sending notices specified in paragraph (3) of Annex XX to the Utilities Directive[19].

    (4) The obligation to publish a periodic indicative notice in accordance with paragraph (1) applies only to proposed contracts or framework agreements which are not excluded from the application of these Regulations by regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 or 11 and where, at the date of despatch of the notice—

    (a) the total consideration which the utility expects to be payable under—

      (i) supply contracts or framework agreements for the purchase or hire of goods falling within the same product area; or

      (ii) Part A services contracts or framework agreements for the provision of services falling within the same category specified in Part A of Schedule 3;

    is equal to or exceeds 750,000 euro; or

    (b) the total consideration which the utility expects to be payable under works contracts or framework agreements for the carrying out of work or works is equal to or exceeds 5,278,000 euro.

    (5) A notice sent to the Commission or published on the utility's buyer profile in accordance with paragraph (1) need not repeat information about contracts included in a previous periodic indicative notice, provided that the notice clearly states that it is an additional notice.

    (6) The obligation to publish a periodic indicative notice applies only where the utility takes the option of shortening time limits for the receipt of tenders in accordance with regulation 22(3).

    (7) This regulation does not apply to a proposed contract or framework agreement where the procedure for the award or conclusion of the framework agreement is a contract award procedure without a call for competition in accordance with regulation 17.

Call for competition
    16.—(1) Subject to regulation 17, for the purposes of seeking offers in relation to a proposed contract a utility shall make a call for competition.

    (2) The requirement under paragraph (1) to make a call for competition is satisfied—

    (a) in the case of a contract to be awarded using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure—

      (i) if the intention to award the contract has been indicated in a periodic indicative notice and the requirements referred to in paragraph (3) are satisfied in relation to the contract; or

      (ii) if a notice indicating the existence of a qualification system for economic operators has been sent to the Official Journal in accordance with regulation 25(17) and the requirement referred to in paragraph (5) is satisfied; or

    (b) in any case by sending to the Official Journal a contract notice in the form of Annex V to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 and containing the information therein specified in respect of the contract.

    (3) The requirements referred to in paragraph (2)(a)(i) are that—

    (a) the periodic indicative notice refers specifically to the goods, works or services which are to be the subject of the proposed contract;

    (b) the notice states that offers are to be sought using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure without further publication of a notice calling for competition and invites economic operators to express their interest in writing;

    (c) the utility sends to all economic operators which express an interest, detailed information, including the information described in paragraph (4), on the contract concerned and before beginning the selection of economic operators invites them to confirm their wish to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract; and

    (d) the notice referred to in sub-paragraph (b) was published not more than 12 months before the date on which the invitation is sent out in accordance with sub-paragraph (b).

    (4) The information referred to in paragraph (3)(b) shall include—

    (a) the nature and quantity or extent of the goods, work, works or services to be supplied under the contract;

    (b) any options for further supplies, work, works or services and, if known, an estimate of the timing when such options may be exercised;

    (c) in the case of recurring contracts for goods, work, works or services, their nature and quantity or extent, and, if known, the estimated date of the subsequent calls for competition for the goods to be supplied, the work or works to be carried out or the services to be provided;

    (d) a statement of whether the contract is to be awarded using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure;

    (e) any date for beginning or completing the delivery of goods or for the carrying out of work or works or for providing services;

    (f) the address to which and the date by which an application to be invited to tender must be submitted and the one or more languages in which it must be submitted;

    (g) the address of the utility and any information needed to obtain specifications and other documents relating to the proposed contract;

    (h) any economic and technical requirements, financial guarantees and information required from economic operators;

    (i) the amount to be paid for and the terms of payment in respect of the documents relating to the proposed contract;

    (j) a statement of whether the utility is inviting offers for purchase, lease, rental or hire-purchase or involving more than one of these methods; and

    (k) the contract award criteria and their weighting in accordance with regulation 30(3) and 30(4) or the descending order of importance of such criteria in accordance with regulation 30(5), if this information is not specified in the periodic indicative notice or the contract documents.

    (5) The requirement referred to in paragraph (2)(a)(ii) is that the economic operators selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract are selected from the candidates which qualify in accordance with the system.

Award without a call for competition
    17.—(1) A utility may seek offers in relation to a proposed contract without a call for competition in the following circumstances—

    (a) in the absence of tenders, suitable tenders or applications in response to a procedure with a call for competition but only if the original terms of the proposed contract offered in the discontinued procedure have not been substantially altered;

    (b) when the contract is to be awarded purely for the purposes of research, experiment, study or development but not where it has the purpose of securing profit or of recovering research and development costs and insofar as its award will not prejudice the competitive award of subsequent contracts which are, in particular, for the same purposes;

    (c) when, for technical or artistic reasons, or for reasons connected with the protection of exclusive rights, the contract may only be performed by a particular economic operator;

    (d) when (but only if it is strictly necessary) for reasons of extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable by the utility the time limits specified in regulation 22(2) to (11) cannot be met;

    (e) when the contract to be awarded is a supply contract and the goods to be purchased or hired under the contract are required by the utility as a partial replacement for, or in addition to, existing goods or an installation and when to obtain the goods from a supplier other than the supplier which supplied the existing goods or the installation would oblige the utility to acquire goods having different technical characteristics which would result in—

      (i) incompatibility between the existing goods or the installation and the goods to be purchased or hired under the contract; or

      (ii) disproportionate technical difficulties in the operation and maintenance of the goods or the installation;

    (f) when a utility wants an economic operator which has entered into a works contract or a services contract with that utility to carry out additional work or works or provide additional services which were not included in the project initially considered or in the original works contract or services contract but which through unforeseen circumstances have become necessary, and such work, works or services—

      (i) cannot for technical or economic reasons be carried out or provided separately from those under the original contract without major inconvenience to the utility; or

      (ii) can be carried out or provided separately from those under the original contract but are strictly necessary to the later stages of the performance of that contract;

    (g) subject to paragraph (2), when the utility wants an economic operator which has entered into a works contract with that utility following a call for competition which satisfies the requirement of regulation 16(1) to carry out new work or works which are a repetition of the work or works carried out under the original contract and which are in accordance with the project for the purpose of which the first contract was entered into;

    (h) in respect of a supply contract for the purchase or hire of goods quoted and purchased on a commodity market;

    (i) when the contract to be awarded is to be awarded under a framework agreement which has been concluded in accordance with these Regulations and to which the provisions of regulation 18 apply;

    (j) when the contract to be awarded is a supply contract, to take advantage of a particularly advantageous bargain available for a very short period of time at a price considerably lower than normal market prices;

    (k) when the contract to be awarded is a supply contract, to take advantage of particularly advantageous conditions for the purchase of goods in a closing down sale or in a sale brought about because a supplier is subject to a procedure referred to in regulation 26(5)(a), (b) and (c); and

    (l) in the case of services contracts, when the rules of a design contest require the contract to be awarded to the successful contestant or to one of the successful contestants, provided that all successful contestants are invited to negotiate the contract.

    (2) A utility shall not seek offers without a call for competition in accordance with paragraph (1)(g) unless—

    (a) the original contract was awarded after a call for competition;

    (b) when the utility invited contractors to tender for or negotiate the contract it gave notice that a works contract for new work or works which would be a repetition of the work or works carried out under the original contract may be awarded without a call for competition in accordance with paragraph (1)(g); and

    (c) in determining the estimated value of the original contract for the purposes of regulation 11 the utility took into account the value of the consideration which it expected to be payable for the new works.

Framework agreements
    18.—(1) A utility may regard a framework agreement as a contract within the meaning of these Regulations and award it in accordance with these Regulations and in such a case a reference in these Regulations to a contract includes a framework agreement, except where the context otherwise requires.

    (2) A utility which has entered into a framework agreement awarded in accordance with these Regulations may rely on regulation 17(1)(i) when awarding a contract under a framework agreement.

    (3) A utility which has not entered into a framework agreement awarded in accordance with these Regulations shall not rely on regulation 17(1)(i) when awarding a contract under a framework agreement.

    (4) A utility may not misuse a framework agreement in order to prevent, restrict or distort competition.

Dynamic purchasing systems
    19.—(1) A utility using a dynamic purchasing system shall comply with this regulation.

    (2) The utility which seeks to establish a dynamic purchasing system shall comply with the requirements of regulation 42(2) to (7) and shall use only electronic means to—

    (a) establish that system; and

    (b) award contracts under it.

    (3) The utility shall use the open procedure in accordance with these Regulations to establish a dynamic purchasing system up to the beginning of the procedure for the award of contracts under the system set out in this regulation.

    (4) When establishing a dynamic purchasing system, the utility shall—

    (a) send to the Official Journal as soon as possible after forming the intention a notice, in the form of the contract notice in Annex V to Commission Regulation No. 1564/2005 stating that a dynamic purchasing system is to be established; and

    (b) produce a specification which indicates—

      (i) the nature of the goods, work, works or services intended to be purchased under that system; and

      (ii) information concerning the purchasing system, the electronic equipment to be used in its operation, the arrangements for technical connection to the system, the rules governing its operation and any other necessary information relating to the system.

    (5) When establishing a dynamic purchasing system the utility may also produce additional documents relating to the operation of the system.

    (6) Where the utility establishes a dynamic purchasing system it shall—

    (a) offer unrestricted, direct and full access to the specification and to any additional documents by electronic means from the date of publication of the contract notice to the date when the system ceases to be operated; and

    (b) indicate in the contract notice the internet address at which such documents may be examined.

    (7) Throughout the duration of the dynamic purchasing system, the utility shall—

    (a) give any economic operator the opportunity to—

      (i) submit an indicative tender; and

      (ii) be admitted to that system under the conditions referred to in paragraph (8); and

    (b) complete the evaluation of an indicative tender within 15 days from the date of its submission or such longer period as that utility may determine if no invitation to tender is issued under the system as provided in paragraph (13) within the 15 day period.

    (8) The utility shall admit to the dynamic purchasing system each economic operator which satisfies the selection criteria and has submitted an indicative tender which complies with the specification and any additional documents produced in accordance with paragraph (5) by the utility when establishing the system.

    (9) The utility shall as soon as possible notify an economic operator of its admission to a dynamic purchasing system or of the rejection of its indicative tender.

    (10) An economic operator which is admitted to a dynamic purchasing system may improve its indicative tender at any time provided that the improved tender complies with the specification described in paragraph (4)(b).

    (11) Where the utility proposes to award a contract under a dynamic purchasing system, it shall send to the Official Journal as soon as possible after forming the intention a notice, in the form of a simplified contract notice on a dynamic purchasing system in Annex IX to Commission Regulation (EC) No 1564/2005, inviting economic operators to submit an indicative tender in accordance with paragraph (7)(a)(i) not less than 15 days from the date of the despatch of the simplified contract notice.

    (12) The indicative tenders received within the period specified in paragraph (11) shall be evaluated by the utility for admittance to the dynamic purchasing system before it proceeds with the issue of invitations to submit tenders in relation to any contract to be awarded under the dynamic purchasing system to an economic operator admitted to the system.

    (13) The utility shall invite all economic operators admitted to the dynamic purchasing system to submit a tender for each contract within a time limit specified by the utility.

    (14) For each contract to be awarded under the dynamic purchasing system the utility—

    (a) shall award the contract to the economic operator which submits the tender which best meets the award criteria specified in the contract notice for the establishment of the dynamic purchasing system; and

    (b) may if appropriate, formulate those award criteria more precisely in the invitation to submit tenders.

    (15) The utility shall not charge any economic operator seeking admission to a dynamic purchasing system or which has been admitted to such a system in relation to any aspect of that system.

    (16) A dynamic purchasing system established by the utility shall not be operated for more than 4 years, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    (17) The utility shall not use a dynamic purchasing system improperly or in such a way as to prevent, restrict or distort competition.

Electronic auctions
    20.—(1) A utility which holds an electronic auction shall comply with this regulation.

    (2) Subject to paragraph (3), the utility may hold an electronic auction when using—

    (a) the open procedure;

    (b) the restricted procedure;

    (c) the negotiated procedure with a prior call for competition; or

    (d) the procedure set out in regulation 19 on the opening of competition for contracts to be awarded under a dynamic purchasing system.

    (3) The utility shall not hold an electronic auction to precede the award of a services contract or a works contract having as its subject matter intellectual performance, such as the design of works.

    (4) The utility may only hold an electronic auction to precede the award of a contract when the contract specification can be established with precision.

    (5) The utility shall base an electronic auction on—

    (a) price alone where the contract is to be awarded on the basis of the lowest price; or

    (b) price or the values of quantifiable elements of tenders indicated in the contract specification, where the contract is to be awarded on the basis of the offer which is the most economically advantageous in accordance with regulation 30(1)(a).

    (6) Where the utility intends to hold an electronic auction it shall state this in the contract notice.

    (7) A contract specification prepared by the utility in relation to a contract the award of which is to be preceded by an electronic auction shall include—

    (a) the quantifiable elements of tenders capable of expression in figures or percentages which will be the subject of the electronic auction;

    (b) any limitations on the values for the quantifiable elements of tenders (resulting from the contract specification) which may be submitted in the electronic auction;

    (c) the information to be made available to economic operators during the electronic auction and, where appropriate, an indication of when it will be made available to them;

    (d) a description of the electronic auction process;

    (e) the conditions under which economic operators will be able to bid and, in particular, the minimum differences which may be required when bidding; and

    (f) all relevant information concerning—

      (i) the electronic system to be used in the electronic auction; and

      (ii) the arrangements for and technical specifications relevant to connection to the electronic system to be used.

    (8) Before proceeding with an electronic auction, the utility shall—

    (a) make an initial evaluation of the tenders in accordance with the award criteria specified and with any weighting fixed for them; and

    (b) by electronic means simultaneously invite all the economic operators which have submitted admissible tenders to submit new prices or new values in the electronic auction.

    (9) Where the utility is to award a contract on the basis of the offer which is most economically advantageous to it in accordance with regulation 30(1)(a), each invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b) shall include the outcome of the evaluation of the tender submitted by the economic operator to which the invitation is sent, carried out in accordance with the weighting described in regulation 30(3).

    (10) The utility shall include in the invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b)—

    (a) all relevant information concerning individual connection to the electronic system to be used in the electronic auction;

    (b) the date and time of the start of the electronic auction;

    (c) the number of phases in the electronic auction;

    (d) the mathematical formula to be used in the electronic auction to determine automatic re-ranking of tenders on the basis of the new prices or new values to be submitted by economic operators and incorporating the weighting of all the criteria set to determine the most economically advantageous tender;

    (e) where variant bids are authorised by the utility, a separate mathematical formula for each variant; and

    (f) the basis on which the electronic auction is to be closed and the appropriate additional information specified in paragraph (16).

    (11) In relation to the formula referred to in paragraph (10)(d), any ranges used in the weighting of criteria shall be set at a specified value before the invitation is sent to economic operators.

    (12) At least two working days must elapse between the date on which the invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b) is sent and the date of the electronic auction.

    (13) During each phase of an electronic auction, the utility—

    (a) shall instantaneously communicate to all economic operators participating in the auction at least sufficient information to enable them to ascertain their relative rankings in the auction at any time;

    (b) may communicate to each economic operator other information concerning prices or values submitted by other economic operators provided that this has been stated in the contract specification; and

    (c) may disclose the number of economic operators participating in that phase of the auction.

    (14) During any phase of an electronic auction the utility shall not disclose the identity of any economic operator participating in the auction.

    (15) The utility shall close an electronic auction—

    (a) at the date and time fixed for closure in the invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b);

    (b) when it receives no further new prices or new values which meet the requirements concerning minimum differences; or

    (c) when the number of phases in the electronic auction specified in the invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b) has been completed.

    (16) Where the utility intends to close an electronic auction—

    (a) as described in paragraph (15)(b), it shall state in the invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b) the period which it intends to allow to elapse before it closes the auction after receiving a submission from an economic operator participating in the auction; or

    (b) as described in paragraph (15)(c), it shall state in the invitation referred to in paragraph (8)(b) the timetable for each phase in the auction.

    (17) After closing an electronic auction a utility shall award the contract in accordance with regulation 30 on the basis of the results of the electronic auction.

    (18) The utility shall not use an electronic auction improperly or in such a way as to prevent, restrict or distort competition or to change the subject matter of the contract as referred to in the contract notice and defined in the specification.

    (19) The references to values in paragraphs (5)(b), (8)(b), (10)(d), (13)(b) and (15)(b) shall be interpreted as including price.

Central purchasing bodies
    21.—(1) A utility may purchase work, works, goods or services from or through a central purchasing body.

    (2) Where a utility makes purchases in accordance with paragraph (1), it shall be deemed to have complied with these Regulations, or where appropriate the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, to the extent that the central purchasing body has complied with them.

Time limits
    22.—(1) Subject to the minimum time limits specified in this regulation, a utility shall take account of all the circumstances, in particular, the complexity of the contract and the time required for drawing up tenders when fixing time limits for receipt by it of requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract and for the receipt by it of tenders.

    (2) Subject to paragraphs (3), (6) and (7), the date which a utility using the open procedure fixes as the last date for the receipt by it of tenders made in response to the contract notice shall be specified in the notice and shall be not less than 52 days from the date of despatch of the notice.

    (3) Where—

    (a) the utility has published a periodic indicative notice in accordance with regulation 15;

    (b) the periodic indicative notice contained as much of the information specified in the form of periodic indicative notice used to call for competition in Annex IV to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 as was available at the time of publication; and

    (c) the periodic indicative notice was sent to the Official Journal at least 52 days and not more than 12 months before the date on which the contract notice was despatched;

a utility using the open procedure may substitute for the period of not less than 52 days specified in paragraph (2) a shorter period of generally not less than 36 days and in any event not less than 22 days.

    (4) The date which a utility using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure with a call for competition fixes as the last date for the receipt by it of requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract shall be specified in the contract notice or, where the call for competition is made by means of a periodic indicative notice, in the invitation to economic operators made in accordance with regulation 16(3)(b), and shall in general be at least 37 days from the date of the despatch of the notice or invitation and shall in any case be not less than 22 days from that date, apart from when the notice is transmitted by electronic means in accordance with paragraph (6) or facsimile in which case it shall be not less than 15 days.

    (5) The date which is the last date for the receipt of tenders made in response to an invitation to tender by a utility using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure with a call for competition may be agreed between the utility and the economic operators invited to tender and shall be the same date for all economic operators or, in the absence of agreement as to the date, shall be fixed by the utility and shall be as a general rule at least 24 days and in any event not less than 10 days from the despatch of the invitation to tender.

    (6) Where a contract notice is transmitted by electronic means in accordance with the format and procedures referred to in paragraph (3) of Annex XX to the Utilities Directive a utility may reduce the time limits by 7 days for—

    (a) the receipt by it of requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract; and

    (b) the receipt by it of tenders when using the open procedure.

    (7) Subject to paragraph (5), a utility using the open procedure, the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure may reduce the time limits for the receipt by it of tenders by 5 days provided that—

    (a) the utility offers unrestricted and full direct access by electronic means to the contract documents from the date of publication of the contract notice; and

    (b) the contract notice specifies the internet address at which the documents referred to in sub-paragraph (a) are available.

    (8) When using the reductions specified in paragraphs (3), (6) and (7), the date which a utility using the open procedure fixes as the last date for the receipt by it of tenders, shall be not less than 15 days from the date of despatch of the contract notice.

    (9) Where the contract notice is not transmitted by facsimile or electronic means and when using the reductions specified in paragraphs (3), (6) and (7), the date which a utility using the open procedure fixes as the last date for the receipt by it of tenders, shall be not less than 22 days from the date of despatch of the contract notice.

    (10) When using the reductions specified in paragraphs (3), (6) and (7) the date which a utility using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure with a call for competition fixes as the last date for the receipt by it of requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract, shall be not less than 15 days from the date of despatch of the notice or invitation.

    (11) Subject to paragraph (5) and when using the reductions specified in paragraphs (3), (6) and (7), the date which a utility using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure with a call for competition fixes as the last date for the receipt by it of tenders, shall be not less than 10 days from the date of despatch of the invitation to tender.

    (12) Subject to paragraph (5), a utility shall extend the time limit for receipt by it of tenders in order that all the information necessary for the preparation of a tender is available to all economic operators where—

    (a) an economic operator requests the contract documents in sufficient time to allow a utility to respond in accordance with paragraphs (13) and (14) and, for whatever reason, the contract documents are not supplied in accordance with those paragraphs; or

    (b) it is necessary that the economic operators be given the opportunity to inspect the site or premises or documents relating to the contract documents.

    (13) Where a utility using the open procedure does not offer unrestricted and full direct access by electronic means to the contract documents in accordance with paragraph (7), the utility shall send the contract documents to an economic operator within 6 days of the receipt of a request from that economic operator, provided that the documents are requested in good time before the date specified in the contract notice as the final date for the receipt by it of tenders.

    (14) A utility using the open procedure, the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure shall supply to an economic operator such further information relating to the contract documents as may be reasonably requested by that economic operator provided that the request is received in sufficient time to enable the utility to supply the information not later than 6 days before the date specified in the contract notice as the final date for the receipt by it of tenders.

    (15) A utility using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure with or without a call for competition shall send invitations in writing simultaneously to each of the economic operators selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract and the invitation shall—

    (a) be accompanied by the contract documents;

    (b) specify the internet address which offers unrestricted and full direct access by electronic means to the contract documents in accordance with paragraph (7); or

    (c) where the contract documents are held by an entity other than the utility, specify the address to which requests for contract documents should be sent including any final date for making such requests and the amount and any method of payment of any fee which may be charged for supplying that information.

    (16) Where the contract documents are held by an entity other than the utility, the utility shall ensure that the contract documents are sent to economic operators by the most rapid means of communication practicable.

    (17) The utility shall include the following information in the invitation—

    (a) the final date for making requests for further information and the amount and method of payment of any fee which may be charged for supplying that information;

    (b) the final date for receipt by it of tenders, the address to which they must be sent and the one or more languages in which they must be drawn up;

    (c) a reference to any contract notice;

    (d) an indication of the information to be included with the tender;

    (e) the criteria for the award of the contract if this information was not specified in the contract notice, the notice on the existence of a qualification system used as a means of calling for competition published in accordance with regulation 16(2)(a)(ii) or the contract documents; and

    (f) the relative weighting of the contract award criteria or, where appropriate, the descending order of importance of such criteria if this information was not specified in the contract notice, the notice on the existence of a qualification system or the contract documents.



PART 4

QUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF ECONOMIC OPERATORS

General
    23.—(1) Where a utility establishes criteria for the rejection of economic operators in accordance with regulations 26(1), 26(3), 27(1) or 27(2), it shall exclude any economic operator which meets those criteria when making its selection of the economic operators to be awarded a contract, to be invited to tender for, or to negotiate the contract.

    (2) A utility shall make its selection of the economic operators to be awarded a contract, to be invited to tender for, or to negotiate the contract in accordance with the selection criteria established by it in accordance with regulations 26 and 27.

    (3) A utility using the restricted or negotiated procedure with a call for competition shall reduce, where appropriate and in accordance with regulation 27, the number of economic operators selected in accordance with paragraphs (1) and (2) of this regulation.

    (4) Where a utility makes a call for competition in respect of a contract by publishing a notice on the existence of a qualification system, when making its selection of the economic operators to be invited to tender for or to negotiate that contract, the utility shall—

    (a) qualify economic operators in accordance with regulation 25; and

    (b) apply the provisions of paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) which are relevant to the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure to such qualified economic operators.

    (5) A utility shall verify that the tenders submitted by the economic operators which have been selected by the utility comply with the rules and requirements applicable to tenders and shall award the contract on the basis of the criteria referred to in regulation 30.

Mutual recognition concerning administrative, technical or financial conditions
    24.—(1) When using the negotiated procedure or the restricted procedure and in determining what rules and criteria are to be met by economic operators to be invited to tender for or to negotiate a contract or to qualify under a qualification system, a utility shall not—

    (a) impose conditions of an administrative, technical or financial nature on some economic operators which are not imposed on others; or

    (b) require tests or the submission of evidence which duplicates objective evidence already available.

    (2) For the purpose of assessing an economic operator's technical ability, a utility may request that economic operator to provide—

    (a) a certificate—

      (i) attesting its conformity to quality assurance standards based on the relevant European standard; and

      (ii) from an independent body established in any relevant State conforming to the European standard concerning certification; or

    (b) any other evidence of its conformity to quality assurance measures which are equivalent to the standards referred to in sub-paragraph (a)(i).

    (3) Where the contract to be awarded is a works contract or a services contract, for the purposes of verifying the economic operator's technical abilities, a utility may, where appropriate, request an indication of the environmental management measures which the economic operator will apply when performing the contract and a utility may request that economic operator to provide—

    (a) a certificate—

      (i) attesting its conformity to environmental management standards based on—

        (aa) the Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme[20]; or

        (bb) the relevant European standard or international standard; and

      (ii) from an independent body established in any relevant State conforming to Community law or the relevant European standard or international standard concerning certification; or

    (b) any other evidence of its conformity to environmental management measures which are equivalent to the standards referred to in sub-paragraph (a)(i).

Qualification system
    25.—(1) A utility may establish and operate a system of qualification of economic operators if that system complies with this regulation.

    (2) The utility shall permit economic operators to apply for qualification under the system at any time during its operation.

    (3) The system may involve different stages of qualification and shall be based on objective rules and criteria as determined from time to time by the utility and those criteria and rules may include technical specifications in which case the provisions of regulation 12 apply.

    (4) The rules and criteria referred to in paragraph (3) may include the rejection criteria referred to in regulation 26(3) and (5).

    (5) Where the utility is a contracting authority, the rules and criteria referred to in paragraph (3) shall include the rejection criteria referred to in regulation 26(1).

    (6) Where the criteria referred to in paragraph (3) includes requirements relating to the economic and financial capacity or the technical or professional abilities of an economic operator—

    (a) the economic operator, or a group of economic operators as referred to in regulation 28, may rely on the capacity or abilities of other entities or members in the group, whatever the legal nature of the link between the economic operator or the group of economic operators and the other entities; and

    (b) the economic operator or the group of economic operators shall prove to the utility that the necessary resources will be available to it, and such proof may in particular include an undertaking from those entities to that effect.

    (7) In determining what rules and criteria are to be met by applicants to qualify under the system a utility shall comply with regulation 24.

    (8) Where the utility makes a call for competition in respect of a contract by publishing a notice on the existence of a qualification system, it shall comply with regulation 23(4).

    (9) The rules of and criteria applying to the system shall be made available on request to economic operators and any amendment of those rules and criteria shall be sent to them as the amendment is incorporated into the system.

    (10) The utility may establish a system of qualification where an economic operator may qualify under the system of, or be certified by, another person, and in those circumstances the utility shall inform economic operators which apply to qualify the name of that other person.

    (11) The utility shall inform applicants for qualification of the success or failure of their application within 6 months from the date of presentation of an application and, if the decision will take longer than 4 months, the utility shall inform the applicant, within 2 months of the date of presentation of the application of—

    (a) the reasons justifying a longer period; and

    (b) the date by which its application will be accepted or refused.

    (12) The utility shall inform any applicant whose application to qualify is refused of the decision and the reasons for refusal as soon as possible and under no circumstances later than 15 days after the date of the decision.

    (13) An application may only be refused if the applicant fails to meet the requirements for qualification laid down in accordance with paragraph (3).

    (14) The utility shall keep a written record of qualified economic operators which may be divided into categories according to the type of contract for which the qualification is valid.

    (15) The utility may cancel the qualification of an economic operator which has qualified under the qualification system only if it does not continue to meet the rules and criteria laid down in accordance with paragraph (3).

    (16) The utility may not cancel a qualification unless it notifies the economic operator in writing at least 15 days before the qualification is due to be cancelled of the reasons for the proposed cancellation.

    (17) The utility shall send a notice in the form of the qualification system notice in Annex VII to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 and containing the information relating to the qualification system therein specified to the Official Journal when the system is first established.

    (18) If the utility expects to operate the system for more than 3 years, or if it has operated the system for more than 3 years, it shall send a notice as referred to in paragraph (17) on an annual basis after the year in which the system is first established.

Criteria for rejection of economic operators
    26.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), where a utility is a contracting authority, it shall treat as ineligible and shall not select an economic operator in accordance with these Regulations if the utility has actual knowledge that the economic operator or its directors or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the economic operator has been convicted of any of the following offences—

    (a) conspiracy within the meaning of section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977[21] where that conviction relates to participation in a criminal organisation as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA[22];

    (b) corruption within the meaning of section 1 of the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889[23] or section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906[24];

    (c) the offence of bribery;

    (d) fraud, where the offence relates to fraud affecting the financial interests of the European Communities as defined by Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Union[25], within the meaning of—

      (i) the offence of cheating the Revenue;

      (ii) the offence of conspiracy to defraud;

      (iii) fraud or theft within the meaning of the Theft Act 1968[26] and the Theft Act 1978[27];

      (iv) fraudulent trading within the meaning of section 458 of the Companies Act 1985[28];

      (v) defrauding the Customs within the meaning of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979[29] and the Value Added Tax Act 1994[30];

      (vi) an offence in connection with taxation in the European Community within the meaning of section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993[31]; or

      (vii) destroying, defacing or concealing of documents or procuring the extension of a valuable security within the meaning of section 20 of the Theft Act 1968;

    (e) money laundering within the meaning of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003[32]; or

    (f) any other offence within the meaning of Article 45(1) of the Public Sector Directive as defined by the national law of any relevant State.

    (2) In any case where an economic operator or its directors or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control has been convicted of an offence described in paragraph (1), a utility may disregard the prohibition described there if it is satisfied that there are overriding requirements in the general interest which justify doing so in relation to that economic operator.

    (3) Where a utility is not a contracting authority, the criteria which the utility uses for deciding not to select an economic operator may include the fact that the economic operator or its directors or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the economic operator has been convicted of any of the offences in paragraph (1).

    (4) A utility may apply to the relevant competent authority to obtain further information regarding the economic operator and in particular details of convictions of the offences listed in paragraph (1) if it considers it needs such information to decide on any exclusion referred to in paragraphs (1) and (3).

    (5) A utility may treat an economic operator as ineligible or decide not to select an economic operator in accordance with these Regulations on one or more of the following grounds, namely that the economic operator—

    (a) being an individual is bankrupt or has had a receiving order or administration order or bankruptcy restrictions order made against him or has made any composition or arrangement with or for the benefit of his creditors or has made any conveyance or assignment for the benefit of his creditors or appears unable to pay, or to have no reasonable prospect of being able to pay, a debt within the meaning of section 268 of the Insolvency Act 1986[33], or article 242 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989[34], or in Scotland has granted a trust deed for creditors or become otherwise apparently insolvent, or is the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of his estate, or is the subject of any similar procedure under the law of any other state;

    (b) being a partnership constituted under Scots law has granted a trust deed or become otherwise apparently insolvent, or is the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of its estate;

    (c) being a company or any other entity within the meaning of section 255 of the Enterprise Act 2002[35] has passed a resolution or is the subject of an order by the court for the company's winding up otherwise than for the purpose of bona fide reconstruction or amalgamation, or has had a receiver, manager or administrator on behalf of a creditor appointed in respect of the company's business or any part thereof or is the subject of the above procedures or is the subject of similar procedures under the law of any other state;

    (d) has been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of his business or profession;

    (e) has committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of his business or profession;

    (f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established;

    (g) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established; or

    (h) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required of him under this regulation.

    (6) A utility may require an economic operator to provide such information as it considers it needs to make the evaluation in accordance with paragraphs (1), (3) and (5) except that it shall accept as conclusive evidence that an economic operator does not fall within the grounds specified in paragraphs (1), (3), (5)(a), (b), (c), (d), (f) or (g) if that economic operator provides to the utility—

    (a) in relation to the grounds specified in paragraphs (1), (3), (5)(a), (b), (c) or (d)—

      (i) an extract from the judicial record; or

      (ii) in a relevant State which does not maintain such a judicial record, a document issued by the relevant judicial or administrative authority;

    (b) in relation to the grounds specified in paragraphs (5)(f) or (g), a certificate issued by the relevant competent authority; and

    (c) in a relevant State where the documentary evidence specified in paragraphs (6)(a) and (b) is not issued in relation to one of the grounds specified in paragraphs (1), (3), (5)(a), (b), (c), (d), (f) or (g), a declaration on oath made by the economic operator before the relevant judicial, administrative or competent authority or a relevant notary public or Commissioner for oaths.

    (7) In this regulation, "relevant" in relation to a judicial, administrative or competent authority, notary public or Commissioner for oaths means an authority nominated by, or a notary public or Commissioner for oaths in, the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.

Criteria for selection of economic operators
    27.—(1) A utility using the open procedure shall establish selection criteria on the basis of objective criteria and rules which it determines and which it makes available to economic operators which request them.

    (2) A utility using the restricted procedure or the negotiated procedure, with or without a call for competition, shall make the selection of the economic operators to be invited to tender for or to negotiate the contract on the basis of objective criteria and rules which it determines and which it makes available to economic operators which request them.

    (3) Where the criteria referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) include requirements relating to the economic and financial capacity or the technical or professional abilities of the economic operator—

    (a) the economic operator, or a group of economic operators as referred to in regulation 28 may rely on the capacity or abilities of other entities or members in the group, regardless of the legal nature of the link between the economic operator or the group of economic operators and the other entities; and

    (b) the economic operator, or the group of economic operators shall prove to the utility that the resources necessary to perform the contract will be available to it, and such proof may in particular include an undertaking from those entities to that effect.

    (4) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (2), the criteria may be based on the need of the utility to reduce the number of economic operators selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract to a level which is justified by the characteristics of the award procedure and the resources required to complete it.

    (5) The utility shall take account of the need to ensure adequate competition in determining the number of economic operators selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract.

Consortia
    28.—(1) In this regulation a "consortium" means two or more persons, at least one of whom is an economic operator, acting jointly for the purpose of being awarded a contract.

    (2) Subject to paragraph (3), a utility shall not treat the tender of a consortium as ineligible nor decide not to include a consortium amongst those economic operators from which it will make the selection of economic operators to be invited to tender for or to negotiate a contract or to be admitted to a dynamic purchasing system on the grounds that the consortium has not formed a legal entity for the purpose of tendering for or negotiating the contract or being admitted to a dynamic purchasing system.

    (3) Where a utility awards a contract to a consortium it may, if it is justified for the satisfactory performance of the contract, require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into, or as a term of, the contract.

    (4) In these Regulations references to an economic operator where the economic operator is a consortium include a reference to each person who is a member of that consortium.

Corporations
    29.—(1) A utility shall not treat the tender of a services provider as ineligible nor decide not to include a services provider amongst those services providers from which it will make the selection of services providers to be invited to tender for or to negotiate a contract or to be admitted to a dynamic purchasing system on the ground that under the law of any part of the United Kingdom the services provider is required to be an individual, a corporation or other type of body, if under the law of the relevant State in which the services provider is established, that services provider is authorised to provide such services.

    (2) In the case of—

    (a) a services contract;

    (b) a works contract; or

    (c) a supply contract which includes services or siting and installation of operations;

a utility may require an economic operator which is not an individual to indicate in the tender, the indicative tender or in the request to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract, the names and relevant professional qualifications of the staff who will be responsible for the performance of the contract.



PART 5

THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT

Criteria for the award of a contract
    30.—(1) Subject to regulation 31 and paragraphs (6) and (9) of this regulation, a utility shall award a contract on the basis of the offer which—

    (a) is the most economically advantageous from the point of view of the utility; or

    (b) offers the lowest price.

    (2) A utility shall use criteria linked to the subject matter of the contract to determine that an offer is the most economically advantageous including delivery date or period for completion, running costs, cost-effectiveness, quality, aesthetic and functional characteristics, environmental characteristics, technical merit, after sales service and technical assistance, commitments with regard to parts, security of supply and price or otherwise.

    (3) Where a utility intends to award a contract on the basis of the offer which is the most economically advantageous, it shall state the weighting which it gives to each of the criteria chosen in the contract notice or in the contract documents.

    (4) When stating the weightings referred to in paragraph (3), a utility may give the weighting a range and specify a minimum and maximum weighting where it considers it appropriate in view of the subject matter of the contract.

    (5) Where, in the opinion of the utility, it is not possible to provide weightings for the criteria referred to in paragraph (3) on objective grounds, the utility shall indicate the criteria in descending order of importance in the contract notice or contract documents.

    (6) If an offer for a contract is abnormally low, the utility may reject that offer but only if it has—

    (a) requested in writing an explanation of the offer or of those parts which it considers contribute to the offer being abnormally low;

    (b) taken account of any evidence provided in response to a request in writing; and

    (c) subsequently verified the offer or parts of the offer being abnormally low with the economic operator.

    (7) Where a utility requests an explanation in accordance with paragraph (6), the information requested may, in particular, include—

    (a) the economics of the method of construction, the manufacturing process or the services provided;

    (b) the technical solutions suggested by the economic operator or the exceptionally favourable conditions available to the economic operator for the execution of the work or works, for the supply of goods or for the provision of the services;

    (c) the originality of the work, works, goods or services proposed by the economic operator;

    (d) compliance with the provisions relating to employment protection and working conditions in force at the place where the contract is to be performed; or

    (e) the possibility of the economic operator obtaining State aid.

    (8) Where a utility establishes that a tender is abnormally low because the economic operator has obtained State aid, the offer may be rejected on that ground alone only after—

    (a) consultation with the economic operator; and

    (b) the economic operator is unable to prove within a reasonable time limit fixed by the utility, that the aid has been granted in a way which is compatible with the EC Treaty.

    (9) Where a utility rejects an abnormally low offer in accordance with paragraph (8), it shall send a report justifying the rejection to the Minister for onward transmission to the Commission.

    (10) In this regulation "offer" includes a bid by one part of a utility to provide services, to carry out work or works or to make goods available to another part of the utility when the former part is invited by the latter part to compete with the offers sought from other persons.

Rejection of third country tenders - supply contracts
    31.—(1) In this regulation—

    "an offer of third country origin" means an offer to enter a supply contract under which more than 50% of the total value of the goods offered originate in States with which the Communities have not concluded, multilaterally or bilaterally, an agreement ensuring comparable and effective access for undertakings in member States to the markets of those States or in States to which the benefit of the provisions of the Utilities Directive has not been extended; and

    "goods" includes software used in telecommunications network equipment.

    (2) The origin of the goods shall be determined in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 2913/92 of 12 October 1992 establishing the Community Customs Code[36].

    (3) Notwithstanding regulation 30, a utility need not accept an offer of third country origin.

    (4) Notwithstanding regulation 30, where an offer of third country origin is equivalent to an offer which is not of third country origin a utility shall not accept the offer of third country origin unless not to accept that offer would oblige the utility to acquire—

    (a) goods having technical characteristics different from those of existing goods; or

    (b) an installation resulting in incompatibility, technical difficulties in operation and maintenance or disproportionate costs.

    (5) In the case of a supply contract to be awarded on the basis of the offer which offers the lowest price, offers are equivalent for the purposes of paragraph (4) if their prices are to be treated as equivalent in accordance with paragraph (7).

    (6) In the case of a supply contract to be awarded on the basis of the offer which is the most economically advantageous to the utility, offers are equivalent for the purposes of paragraph (4) if—

    (a) their prices are to be treated as equivalent in accordance with paragraph (7); and

    (b) disregarding any difference in price the offer which is not of third country origin is at least as economically advantageous to the utility as the offer of third country origin.

    (7) The prices of offers are to be treated as equivalent for the purposes of paragraphs (5) and (6) if the price of the offer which is not of third country origin is the same as or is not more than 3% greater than the offer of third country origin.

Contract award notices
    32.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), a utility which has awarded a contract or concluded a framework agreement shall, not later than 2 months after the award or conclusion, send to the Official Journal a notice, in the form of the contract award notice in Annex VI to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 including the information therein specified.

    (2) When sending the contract award notice to the Official Journal, a utility may indicate that information regarding—

    (a) the number of tenders received;

    (b) the identity of the economic operator; or

    (c) prices;

is of a sensitive commercial nature, and require that it not be published.

    (3) A utility shall not be required to send a contract award notice in accordance with paragraph (1) where it awards a contract under a framework agreement.

    (4) A utility which has awarded a contract under a dynamic purchasing system in accordance with regulation 19 may—

    (a) send the contract award notice in accordance with paragraph (1); or

    (b) retain any notice it is proposing to send to the Official Journal in accordance with paragraph (1) for a period of 3 months commencing on the date that the first notice was retained.

    (5) Where a utility retains contract award notices in accordance with paragraph (4)(b), it shall send those contract award notices to the Official Journal not later than 48 days after the end of each period of 3 months.

    (6) A utility which has awarded a Part B services contract shall state in the contract award notice whether or not it agrees to its publication.

    (7) Where a utility has awarded a research and development services contract it may, if the contract was awarded without a call for competition in accordance with regulation 17(1)(b), insert in section II.1.4 of the form of contract award notice in Annex VI to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 only the title of the category of services.

    (8) Where the services contract referred to in paragraph (7) was not awarded in accordance with regulation 17(1)(b), the utility may provide limited information at section II.1.4 of the form of contract award notice in Annex VI to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 if the information which would otherwise be given is of a commercially sensitive nature, provided that the information given is no less detailed than that already provided in either its call for competition in accordance with regulation 16(2), or where a qualification system is used, than that recorded in accordance with regulation 25(14).

Information about contract award procedures
    33.—(1) Subject to paragraph (13), a utility shall as soon as possible after the decision has been made, inform any economic operator which submitted an offer or applied to be included amongst the economic operators to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract, or applied to be a party to a framework agreement, of its decision in relation to—

    (a) the award of the contract; or

    (b) the conclusion of the framework agreement;

and shall do so by notice in writing by the most rapid means of communication practicable.

    (2) The notice referred to in paragraph (1) shall include—

    (a) the criteria for the award of the contract;

    (b) where practicable, the score obtained by—

      (i) the economic operator which is to receive the notice; and

      (ii) the economic operator—

        (aa) to be awarded the contract; or

        (bb) to become a party to the framework agreement; and

    (c) the name of the economic operator—

      (i) to be awarded the contract; or

      (ii) to become a party to the framework agreement.

    (3) A utility shall allow a period of at least 10 days to elapse between the date of despatch of the notice under paragraph (1) and the date on which that utility proposes to enter into the contract or to conclude the framework agreement.

    (4) Subject to paragraph (13) if by midnight at the end of the second working day of the period referred to in paragraph (3) a utility receives a request in writing, from an economic operator which was sent a notice under paragraph (1), for the reasons why that economic operator was unsuccessful, the utility shall inform that economic operator of the characteristics and relative advantages of the successful tender.

    (5) A utility shall give the information set out in paragraph (4) at least 3 working days before the end of the period referred to in paragraph (3), or where that is not possible, the period referred to in paragraph (3) shall be extended to allow at least 3 working days between the provision of the information set out in paragraph (4) and the date the utility proposes to enter into the contract or conclude the framework agreement.

    (6) Where a utility is seeking offers without a call for competition in accordance with regulation 17(1)(d) and there is only one tender for the contract, that utility need not comply with paragraphs (1) to (5).

    (7) Where a utility awards a contract under a framework agreement, that utility need not comply with paragraphs (1) to (5).

    (8) Where a utility is seeking to establish a dynamic purchasing system in accordance with regulation 19 that utility need not comply with paragraphs (1) to (5) but, subject to paragraph (13), shall as soon as possible after a decision has been made, inform any economic operator which applied to be admitted to the dynamic purchasing system of its decision in relation to admittance to that system and shall do so in writing if requested by the economic operator.

    (9) Except for a request made in accordance with paragraph (4) which shall be dealt with in accordance with paragraphs (4) to (5) and subject to paragraph (13), a utility shall within 15 days of the date on which it receives a request in writing from any economic operator which was unsuccessful—

    (a) inform that economic operator of the reasons why it was unsuccessful; and

    (b) if the economic operator submitted an admissible tender, the utility shall inform that economic operator of the characteristics and relative advantages of the successful tender and—

      (i) the name of the economic operator to be awarded the contract,

      (ii) the names of the parties to the framework agreement; or

      (iii) the names of the economic operators admitted to the dynamic purchasing system.

    (10) The reasons referred to in paragraph (9)(a) shall include any reason for the utility's decision that the economic operator did not meet the technical specifications—

    (a) as specified in regulation 12(6) by an equivalent means; or

    (b) in terms of the performance or functional requirements in regulation 12(7) by an equivalent means.

    (11) Subject to paragraph (13), a utility shall as soon as possible after the decision has been made, inform any economic operator which submitted an offer, which applied to be included amongst the economic operators to be selected to tender for, to negotiate the contract or to be admitted to a dynamic purchasing system, of its decision to abandon or to recommence a contract award procedure in respect of which a contract notice has been published, in relation to—

    (a) the award of a contract;

    (b) the conclusion of a framework agreement; or

    (c) admittance to a dynamic purchasing system.

    (12) A utility which informs an economic operator of its decision in accordance with paragraph (11) shall—

    (a) include the reasons for the decision; and

    (b) provide the decision and reasons in writing if requested by the economic operator.

    (13) A utility may withhold any information to be provided in accordance with paragraph (1), (2), (4), (8), (9), (11), or (12) where the disclosure of such information—

    (a) would impede law enforcement;

    (b) would otherwise be contrary to the public interest;

    (c) would prejudice the legitimate commercial interests of any economic operator; or

    (d) might prejudice fair competition between economic operators.



PART 6

SPECIALISED CONTRACTS

Design contests
    34.—(1) A utility which organises a design contest—

    (a) shall establish the rules for that design contest in accordance with the provisions of this regulation; and

    (b) shall not limit the admission of any economic operator to the design contest by reference to the territory or part of the territory of a relevant State.

    (2) This regulation applies to a design contest if it is organised as part of a procedure leading to the award of a services contract whose estimated value (net of value added tax and including the value of any prizes or payments) is not less than the relevant threshold described in paragraph (4).

    (3) This regulation applies to a design contest whether or not it is organised as part of a procedure leading to the award of a services contract if—

    (a) the contest is conducted for the purpose of carrying out an activity specified in any Part of Schedule 1 in which the utility is specified; and

    (b) the aggregate value of the prizes or payments for the contest, including the estimated value (net of value added tax) of the contract which might subsequently be awarded in accordance with regulation 17(1)(l) provided that the utility does not exclude such an award in the contest notice, is not less than the relevant threshold described in paragraph (4).

    (4) For the purpose of paragraphs (2) and (3) the relevant threshold is 422 000 euro.

    (5) This regulation does not apply to a design contest—

    (a) which is organised by the utility other than for the purpose of carrying out an activity specified in the Part of Schedule 1 in which the utility is specified;

    (b) which is organised by the utility for the purpose of carrying out any activity outside the territory of the Communities but only if the carrying out of that activity does not involve the physical use of a network or geographical area within the Communities;

    (c) which is classified as secret or where it must be accompanied by special security measures in accordance with the laws, regulations or administrative provisions of any part of the United Kingdom or when the protection of the essential interests of the security of the United Kingdom requires it;

    (d) where different rules govern the procedures of the design contest and it is to be entered into in accordance with—

      (i) an international agreement to which the United Kingdom and a State which is not a relevant State are parties and it relates to a design contest intended for the joint implementation or exploitation of a project related to that agreement;

      (ii) an international agreement relating to the stationing of troops; or

      (iii) the design contest procedures of an organisation of which only States are members (an "international organisation") or of which only States or international organisations are members; or

    (e) organised by the utility for the purpose of carrying out an activity specified in Column 2 of Schedule 1 where that activity is directly exposed to competition on markets to which access is unrestricted and this will be the case if one of the following conditions is satisfied—

      (i) the Office of Government Commerce has notified the Commission in accordance with Article 30 of the Utilities Directive that the activity concerned is directly exposed to competition on markets to which access is not restricted and—

        (aa) the Commission has adopted a decision that an exemption should apply in response to such a notification; or

        (bb) the Commission has not adopted a decision in relation to such a notification within the time limits specified in Article 30(6) of the Utilities Directive;

      (ii) the Commission has, on the application of the utility—

        (aa) adopted a decision that an exemption should apply to the activity concerned; or

        (bb) has not adopted such a decision within the time limit specified in Article 30(6) of the Utilities Directive; or

      (iii) the Commission has, of its own initiative—

        (aa) adopted a decision that an exemption should apply to the activity concerned and for the purposes of this sub-paragraph that time limit commences on the date that the Commission has informed the Office of Government Commerce in accordance with Article 30 that the matter is under consideration.

    (6) The utility shall publicise its intention to hold a design contest by sending to the Official Journal a notice in the form of the design contest notice in Annex XII to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 and containing the information therein specified.

    (7) The utility shall make the rules of the design contest available to economic operators which wish to participate in the contest.

    (8) Regulations 28(2) and 29 apply to design contests as they apply to the seeking of offers in relation to a proposed contract.

    (9) Regulation 40(1)(b) to (7) applies to notices relating to design contests as it applies to notices in relation to a proposed contract.

    (10) Regulation 42(1), (2) and (4) applies to all communications relating to design contests as it applies to a proposed contract.

    (11) The utility shall ensure that the specified means of communication and the storage of information enables—

    (a) the integrity and confidentiality of information provided by those economic operators participating in the design contest to be maintained; and

    (b) the jury to ascertain the contents of proposals only after the time limit for their submission has expired.

    (12) Where the utility requires that proposals are to be transmitted by electronic means, it shall ensure that—

    (a) details of the equipment which is necessary for the electronic receipt of proposals, including encryption, are available to all economic operators which wish to participate in the design contest; and

    (b) the equipment for the electronic receipt of proposals complies with the requirements of regulation 42(6).

    (13) Where the utility restricts the number of economic operators in the design contest, it shall—

    (a) establish clear and non-discriminatory criteria to select those economic operators; and

    (b) ensure that the number of economic operators selected is sufficient to ensure adequate competition.

    (14) The utility shall ensure that—

    (a) the members of the jury are all individuals who are independent of those economic operators participating in the design contest;

    (b) where the economic operators are required to possess a particular professional qualification, that at least one third of the members of the jury also possess that qualification or an equivalent qualification;

    (c) the proposals of the economic operators are submitted to the jury without any indication as to the authorship of each proposal;

    (d) the jury makes its decisions or opinions independently and solely on the basis of the criteria specified in the notice referred to in paragraph (6);

    (e) the jury is not informed of the authorship of any proposal until after it has reached its decision or opinion;

    (f) the jury prepares minutes signed by its members in which it records—

      (i) its ranking of the proposals based upon its assessment of each proposal's merits; and

      (ii) its observations or details of any issues upon which clarification is required in relation to each proposal; and

    (g) the jury may invite the economic operators to answer any questions to clarify issues noted in the minutes referred to in sub-paragraph (f) and shall record complete minutes of any such communications with economic operators.

    (15) The utility shall, not later than 2 months after the date the jury makes its selection, publicise the results of the design contest by sending to the Official Journal a notice in the form of the notice of the results of a design contest in Annex XIII to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1564/2005 and including the information therein specified.

    (16) When sending the notice of the results of a design contest to the Official Journal in accordance with paragraph (15), the utility may indicate that information regarding—

    (a) the number of proposals received;

    (b) the identity of the economic operators; or

    (c) prices;

is of a sensitive commercial nature, and require that it not be published.



PART 7

MATTERS RELATING TO A CONTRACT

Obligations relating to taxes, environmental protection, employment protection and working conditions
    35.—(1) A utility may include in the contract documents relating to a works contract or a services contract information as to where a contractor or services provider may obtain information about the obligations relating to taxes, environmental protection, employment protection and working conditions which will apply to—

    (a) the work or works to be carried out under the works contract; or

    (b) the services to be provided under the services contract.

    (2) A utility which provides the information referred to in paragraph (1) shall request contractors or services providers to indicate that they have taken account of the obligations relating to those employment protection provisions and those working conditions in preparing their tender or in negotiating the contract.

Conditions for performance of contracts
    36.—(1) A utility may stipulate conditions relating to the performance of a contract, provided that those conditions are compatible with Community law and are indicated in—

    (a) the notice used as a means of calling for competition and the contract documents; or

    (b) the contract documents.

    (2) The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) may, in particular, include social or environmental considerations.



PART 8

MISCELLANEOUS

Preservation of records
    37.—(1) When these Regulations apply to the seeking of offers in relation to a contract, a utility shall keep appropriate information on each contract sufficient to justify decisions taken in connection with—

    (a) the qualification and selection of economic operators and the award of contracts; and

    (b) the use of a procedure without a prior call for competition by virtue of regulation 17.

    (2) When a utility decides not to apply these Regulations to the seeking of offers in relation to a contract in accordance with regulation 6, 7, 8, 9 or 11, it shall keep appropriate information on such a contract sufficient to justify that decision.

    (3) A utility shall take appropriate steps to document the progress of contract award procedures conducted by electronic means.

    (4) The information referred to in paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) shall be preserved for at least 4 years from the date of the award of the contract.

Statistical and other reports
    38.—(1) A utility shall each year, by the date notified to it by the Minister, send to the Minister a report specifying—

    (a) the aggregate value (estimated if necessary) of the consideration payable under contracts awarded in the previous year which have been excluded from the operation of these Regulations by regulation 11 for the purpose of carrying out the activities in each Part of Schedule 1 in which the utility is specified; and

    (b) the type of activities for which those contracts were awarded.

    (2) A utility when requested shall for the purpose of informing the Commission send to the Minister a report—

    (a) containing such information as the Minister may from time to time require in respect of a particular contract (including contracts excluded or exempted from the application of all or some of these Regulations by regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 or 11 );

    (b) specifying which of its activities it considers are not activities specified in the Part of Schedule 1 in which the utility is specified, or are activities outside the territory of the Communities not involving the physical use of a network or geographical area within the Communities; and

    (c) specifying the categories of goods, work, works or services it considers comprise the goods, work, works or services which it acquires in order to sell, hire or provide them to another person, but which it does not have a special or exclusive right to sell, hire or provide and which other persons are free to sell, hire or provide under the same conditions.

    (3) Subject to paragraph (4), a utility specified in Parts A to F, O, P, R or S of Schedule 1 shall, not later than 31st July in each year, send to the Minister a report specifying in relation to each contract awarded by it in the previous year (including contracts excluded or exempted from the application of some or all of these Regulations by regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 or 11)—

    (a) the value (estimated if necessary) of the consideration payable under the contract;

    (b) the principal category of works or services carried out or to be carried out under the contract according to the nomenclature used in Schedule 2 or 3 or the type of goods purchased or hired under the contract; and

    (c) the nationality of the economic operator to which the contract was awarded and the relevant State in which that economic operator is established.

    (4) The report referred to in paragraph (3) need not include information concerning contracts for—

    (a) research and development services specified in category 8 of Part A of Schedule 3;

    (b) telecommunications services specified under CPV references 64200000-8 to 64228200-2, 72318000-7, and from 72530000-9 to 72532000-3 within category 5 of Part A of Schedule 3; or

    (c) the services specified in Part B of Schedule 3.

    (5) A utility may indicate that any of the information in a report sent to the Minister in accordance with paragraph (2)(c) is of a sensitive commercial nature, and require that it not be published.

Provision of reports
    39.—(1) Any reference to the Minister in these Regulations shall be deemed to be a reference to the Minister responsible for that utility.

    (2) The Minister responsible for a utility shall be the Minister of the Crown whose areas of responsibility are most closely connected with the functions of the utility.

    (3) Any question as to which Minister of the Crown's areas of responsibility are most closely connected with the functions of a utility shall be determined by the Office of Government Commerce whose determination is final.

    (4) The requirement on a utility to send any report in accordance with regulations 7(7), 8(3)(b)(ii)(aa), 30(9) or 38 to the Minister shall be enforceable, on the application of the Minister responsible to the High Court, by mandatory order.

    (5) In the application of this regulation to Northern Ireland references to the Minister includes references to the head of a Northern Ireland Department.

    (6) The Minister to whom a report is sent in accordance with regulations 7(7), 8(3)(b)(ii)(aa), 30(9) or 38 shall send the report to the Office of Government Commerce for onward transmission to the Commission.

Publication of notices
    40.—(1) Any notice required by these Regulations to be sent to the Official Journal shall be—

    (a) in the correct format and contain the necessary information specified by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1564/2005 and contain any other information which the utility considers useful; and

    (b) sent to the Office for Official Publications of the European Union by electronic means in the format and in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (3) of Annex XX to the Utilities Directive or by other means.

    (2) Where a notice is not sent by electronic means in accordance with paragraph (1)(b), the utility may in exceptional cases request the Official Journal to publish a contract notice within 5 days of the date of despatch, provided that the notice is sent to the Official Journal by facsimile.

    (3) The utility shall not place a notice in any publication—

    (a) before the date on which the notice is despatched in accordance with paragraph (1)(b); or

    (b) which contains any additional information to that contained in the notice despatched in accordance with paragraph (1)(b) or published on the utility's buyer profile in accordance with regulation 15.

    (4) The utility shall refer in the notice to the date of despatch of that notice to the Official Journal or the date of its publication on its buyer profile where it publishes a notice in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (3).

    (5) A utility shall not publish a periodic indicative notice on its buyer profile before the date on which notice of its publication in that form is despatched to the Commission in accordance with regulation 15(3) and the utility shall refer to the date of that despatch on its buyer profile.

    (6) A utility shall retain evidence of the date of despatch to the Official Journal of each notice.

    (7) Where a utility is not required to publish a contract notice in respect of a particular contract, it may nevertheless publish such a notice in accordance with the provisions of this regulation.

Confidentiality of information
    41.—(1) A utility which makes information available to an economic operator in accordance with these Regulations may impose requirements on that operator for the purpose of protecting the confidentiality of that information.

    (2) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations the utility shall not disclose information forwarded to it by an economic operator which the economic operator has reasonably designated as confidential.

    (3) In this regulation, confidential information includes technical or trade secrets and the confidential aspects of tenders.

Means of communication
    42.—(1) A utility may specify that any communications referred to in these Regulations may be made—

    (a) by post;

    (b) by facsimile;

    (c) by electronic means in accordance with paragraphs (4) and (5);

    (d) by telephone in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (8); or

    (e) by any combination of those means of communication.

    (2) The means of communication specified by a utility shall be generally available and shall not restrict economic operators' access to the contract award procedures specified in these Regulations.

    (3) A utility shall ensure that the specified means of communication and the storage of information enables—

    (a) the integrity of data provided by economic operators and the confidentiality of tenders and requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract to be maintained; and

    (b) tenders and requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract to be opened only after the time limit for their submission has expired.

    (4) The equipment used for communications made by electronic means shall be—

    (a) non-discriminatory;

    (b) generally available; and

    (c) interoperable with information and communication technology products in general use.

    (5) Where a utility requires that tenders and requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract are to be transmitted by electronic means, it shall ensure that—

    (a) details of the equipment including any software which is necessary for the electronic receipt of tenders and requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract, including encryption, are available to all interested economic operators; and

    (b) the equipment for the electronic receipt of tenders and requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract complies with the requirements of paragraph (6).

    (6) The requirements referred to in paragraph (5)(b) are—

    (a) electronic signatures relating to tenders and requests to participate comply with national provisions adopted in accordance with Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 1999 on a Community framework for electronic signatures[37];

    (b) the exact time and date of the receipt of tenders and requests to participate are capable of being determined precisely;

    (c) it may reasonably be considered that—

      (i) data is not capable of being accessed before the time limits specified by the utility; and

      (ii) any such unauthorised access is clearly detectable;

    (d) only authorised persons shall set or change the dates for opening data received from economic operators;

    (e) access to any data is possible only through simultaneous action by authorised persons and only after the prescribed date; and

    (f) data received and opened in accordance with these requirements must remain accessible only to authorised persons.

    (7) A utility may require any documents, certificates and declarations referred to in regulation 24(2), (3), 25, 26 and 27 which do not exist in electronic format to be submitted before the time limit has expired for the receipt by it of tenders or requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract.

    (8) Requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract may be made—

    (a) in writing; or

    (b) by telephone.

    (9) Where a request to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract is made by telephone, an economic operator shall confirm the request in writing before the deadline for receipt of such requests has expired.

    (10) Where a request to be selected to tender for or to negotiate the contract is made by facsimile, a utility—

    (a) may require that the request be confirmed by post or by electronic means where this is necessary for the purposes of legal proof; and

    (b) shall specify any requirement for such confirmation and the time limit for sending it in the notice used as a means of calling for competition or in the invitation referred to in regulation 16(3)(b).

Sub-contracting
    43.A utility may require an economic operator to indicate in its tender—

    (a) any part of the contract that the economic operator intends to sub-contract to another person; and

    (b) the identity of any person to whom that economic operator proposes to sub-contract any part of the contract.

Attestation
    44.—(1) A utility which has recourse to an attestation system and obtains an attestation in accordance with Articles 4 and 5 of the Utilities Remedies Directive from an independent person or body accredited in a relevant State for the purpose of attestation in accordance with Article 6 of that Directive may include the following statement in a notice sent to the Official Journal for publication in accordance with regulations 15, 16(2)(b), 25(17) and 32(1)—

      "The contracting entity has obtained an attestation in accordance with Council Directive 92/13/EC that, on…, its contract award procedures and practices were in conformity with Community law and the national rules implementing that law.".

    (2) An attestation system established in a relevant State in accordance with the European Attestation Standard[38] is presumed to be in accordance with Articles 4 to 6 of the Utilities Remedies Directive.



PART 9

APPLICATIONS TO THE COURT

Enforcement of obligations
    45.—(1) The obligation on a utility to comply with the provisions of these Regulations other than regulations 30(9) and 38, and with any enforceable Community obligation in respect of a contract or design contest (other than one excluded from the application of these Regulations by regulations 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 or 34) is a duty owed to an economic operator.

    (2) The duty owed to an economic operator in accordance with paragraph (1), except in relation to—

    (a) a Part B services contract; and

    (b) a contract for research and development services specified in category 8 of Part A of Schedule 3;

is a duty owed also to a GPA economic operator.

    (3) References to an "economic operator" in paragraphs (4), (5), (8) and (9) shall be construed as including a reference to a GPA economic operator.

    (4) A breach of the duty owed in accordance with paragraphs (1) or (2) is actionable by any economic operator which, in consequence suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage and those proceedings shall be in the High Court.

    (5) Proceedings under this regulation may not be brought unless—

    (a) the economic operator bringing the proceedings has informed the utility of the breach or apprehended breach of the duty owed to it in accordance with paragraphs (1) or (2) by that utility and of its intention to bring proceedings under this regulation in respect of it; and

    (b) those proceedings are brought promptly and in any event within 3 months from the date when grounds for the bringing of the proceedings first arose unless the Court considers that there is good reason for extending the period within which proceedings may be brought.

    (6) Subject to paragraph (7), but otherwise without prejudice to any other powers of the Court in proceedings brought under this regulation, the Court may—

    (a) by interim order suspend the procedure leading to the award of the contract or the procedure leading to the determination of a design contest in relation to the award of the contract of which the breach of the duty owed in accordance with paragraphs (1) or (2) is alleged, or suspend the implementation of any decision or action taken by the utility in the course of following such a procedure; and

    (b) if satisfied that a decision or action taken by a utility was in breach of the duty owed in accordance with paragraphs (1) or (2)—

      (i) order the setting aside of that decision or action or order the utility to amend any document;

      (ii) award damages to an economic operator which has suffered loss or damage as a consequence of the breach; or

      (iii) do both of those things.

    (7) In proceedings under this regulation the Court does not have power to order any remedy other than an award of damages in respect of a breach of the duty owed in accordance with paragraphs (1) or (2) if the contract in relation to which the breach occurred has been entered into.

    (8) Where, in proceedings under this regulation, the Court is satisfied that an economic operator would have had a real chance of being awarded a contract or winning a design contest if that chance had not been adversely affected by a breach of the duty owed to it by the utility in accordance with paragraphs (1) or (2) the economic operator shall be entitled to damages amounting to its costs in preparing its tender and in participating in the procedure leading to the award of the contract or its costs of participating in the procedure leading to the determination of the design contest.

    (9) Paragraph (8) does not affect a claim by an economic operator that it has suffered other loss or damage or that it is entitled to relief other than damages and is without prejudice to the matters on which an economic operator may be required to satisfy the Court in respect of any other such claim.

    (10) Notwithstanding sections 21 and 42 of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947[39], in proceedings brought under this regulation against the Crown the Court has power to grant an injunction.

    (11) In this regulation—

    "GPA economic operator" means a person from a GPA State who sought, who seeks, or would have wished, to be the person to whom the contract is awarded;

    "GPA State" means any country other than a relevant State which at the relevant time is a signatory to the GPA and has agreed with the European Community that the GPA shall apply to a contract of the type to be awarded[40]; and

    "relevant time" means—

    (a) if the utility selects economic operators to tender for or to negotiate the contract in accordance with a qualification system established in accordance with regulation 25, the date on which the selection commences;

    (b) if the utility satisfies the requirement that there be a call for competition by indicating the intention to award the contract in a periodic indicative notice in accordance with regulation 16(2)(a)(i), the date on which the notice is sent to the Official Journal; or

    (c) in any other case, the date on which a contract notice or design contest notice would be sent to the Official Journal if the requirement that there be a call for competition applied and the utility decided to satisfy that requirement by sending such a notice.

Conciliation
    46.—(1) An economic operator which considers that—

    (a) a utility has breached or may breach the duty referred to in regulation 45(1) and (2); and

    (b) in consequence that economic operator has suffered, or risks suffering, loss or damage;

and which wishes to use the conciliation procedure provided for in Articles 10 and 11 of the Utilities Remedies Directive shall send a request for the application of the procedure to the Minister for onward transmission as soon as possible to the Commission.

    (2) Neither the request for nor any action taken in accordance with the conciliation procedure referred to in paragraph (1) shall affect the rights or liabilities of—

    (a) the economic operator requesting it;

    (b) the utility in respect of which the request is made; or

    (c) any other person.



PART 10

REVOCATION, SAVINGS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

Revocation
    47.This regulation revokes the Utilities Contracts Regulations 1996[41] and the Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2001[42].

Savings and transitional provisions
    48.—(1) Where a utility has commenced a contract award procedure or a design contest before 31st January 2006, the Regulations referred to in regulation 47 shall continue to have effect on and after 31st January 2006 in relation to that contract award procedure or design contest, as if those Regulations had not been revoked in accordance with regulation 47.

    (2) A utility has commenced a contract award procedure or design contest as referred to in paragraph (1) where before 31st January 2006, in relation to that procedure—

    (a) that utility has sent a contract notice to the Official Journal in order to invite tenders, requests to be selected to tender for or to negotiate in respect of a proposed contract;

    (b) in any case where there is no requirement to send a contract notice to the Official Journal in accordance with the Regulations referred to in regulation 47, that utility has despatched any form of advertisement seeking offers or expressions of interest in a proposed contract;

    (c) where there is no advertising as referred to in sub-paragraphs (a) or (b), that utility has contacted any economic operator in order to seek expressions of interest or offers in respect of a proposed contract; or

    (d) that utility has sent a notice to the Official Journal in accordance with the Regulations referred to in regulation 47 in order to publicise its intention to hold a design contest.

    (3) Where a framework agreement has been concluded before 31st January 2006, these Regulations do not apply to the award of any specific contract under that framework agreement.

    (4) "contract notice" in this regulation means a contract notice within the meaning of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 1996.


Tom Watson

Vernon Coaker
Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury

9 January 2006



SCHEDULE 1
Regulation 3


UTILITIES


Relevant PersonActivity
CATEGORY 1 - WATER
PART A
A company holding an appointment as a water undertaker or a sewerage undertaker under the Water Industry Act 1991[43].

The Department for Regional Development (Northern Ireland).

The Water Services Agency (Northern Ireland).

    1.The provision or operation of a fixed network which provides or will provide a service to the public in connection with the production, transport or distribution of drinking water.

    2.Hydraulic engineering, irrigation or land drainage, but only if more than 20% of the total volume of water made available by such activity is intended for the supply of drinking water.

    3.The disposal or treatment of sewage.

PART B
A relevant person not specified in Part C.

    4.The supply of drinking water to a network referred to in paragraph 1.

PART C
A relevant person other than a contracting authority who produces drinking water because its consumption is necessary for the purpose of carrying out an activity not specified in the second column of this Schedule and who supplies only the excess to a network which is referred to in paragraph 1.    5.The supply of drinking water to a network referred to in paragraph 1 but only if the drinking water supplied in the period of 36 months ending at the relevant time as defined in regulation 11(19) has exceeded 30% of the total produced by the utility in that period.

CATEGORY 2 - ELECTRICITY
PART D
A person licensed under section 6 of the Electricity Act 1989[44].

A person licensed under article 10(1) of the Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992[45].

    6.The provision or operation of a fixed network which provides or will provide a service to the public in connection with the production, transport or distribution of electricity.

PART E
A relevant person not specified in Part F.    7.The supply of electricity to a network referred to in paragraph 6.

PART F
A relevant person other than a contracting authority who produces electricity because its use is necessary for the purpose of carrying out an activity not specified in the second column of this Schedule and who supplies only the excess to a network referred to in paragraph 6.    8.The supply of electricity to a network referred to in paragraph 6 but only if the electricity supplied in the period of 36 months ending at the relevant time as defined in regulation 11(19) has exceeded 30% of the total produced by the utility in that period.

CATEGORY 3 - GAS
PART G
A gas transporter as defined in section 7(1) of the Gas Act 1986[46].

A person declared to be an undertaker for the supply of gas under article 8 of the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996[47].

    9.The provision or operation of a fixed network which provides or will provide a service to the public in connection with the production, transport or distribution of gas.

PART H
A relevant person not specified in Part I.

    10.The supply of gas to a network referred to in paragraph 9.

PART I
A relevant person other than a contracting authority who produces gas only as the unavoidable consequence of carrying out an activity not specified in the second column of this Schedule and who supplies gas for the sole purpose of the economic exploitation of the production to a network referred to in paragraph 9.    11.The supply of gas to a network referred to in paragraph 9 but only if the total consideration payable in the period of 36 months ending at the relevant time as defined in regulation 11(19) on account of such supply has exceeded 20% of the total turnover of the utility in that period.

CATEGORY 4 - HEAT
PART J
A local authority.

A person licensed under section 6(1)(a) of the Electricity Act 1989 whose licence includes the provisions referred to in section 10(3) of that Act.

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

    12.The provision or operation of a fixed network which provides or will provide a service to the public in connection with the production, transport or distribution of heat.

PART K
A relevant person not specified in Part L.    13.The supply of heat to a network referred to in paragraph 12.

PART L
A relevant person other than a contracting authority who produces heat as the unavoidable consequence of carrying out an activity not specified in the second column of this Schedule and who supplies heat for the sole purpose of the economic exploitation of the production to a network referred to in paragraph 12.    14.The supply of heat to a network referred to in paragraph 12 but only if the total consideration payable in the 36 months ending at the relevant time as defined in regulation 11(19) on account of such supply has exceeded 20% of the total turnover of the utility in that period.

CATEGORY 5 – EXPLORATION AND EXTRACTION OF OIL AND GAS
PART M
A person operating by virtue of a licence granted or having effect as if granted under the Petroleum Act 1998[48].

A person licensed under the Petroleum (Production) Act (Northern Ireland) 1964[49].

    15.The exploitation of a geographical area for the purpose of exploring for or extracting oil or gas.

CATEGORY 6 – COAL AND OTHER SOLID FUEL
PART N
Any licensed operator within the meaning of the Coal Industry Act 1994[50].

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (Northern Ireland).

A person operating by virtue of a prospecting licence, a mining lease, a mining licence or a mining permission as defined by section 57(1) of the Mineral Development Act (Northern Ireland) 1969[51].

    16.The exploitation of a geographical area for the purposes of exploring for or extracting coal or other solid fuel.

CATEGORY 7 – TRANSPORT
PART O
A local authority.

An airport operator within the meaning of the Airports Act 1986[52] who has the management of an airport subject to economic regulation under Part IV of that Act.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

An airport operator within the meaning of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994[53].

Any other relevant person.

    17.The exploitation of a geographical area for the purpose of providing airport or other terminal facilities to carriers by air.

PART P
A harbour authority within the meaning of section 57 of the Harbours Act 1964[54].

British Waterways Board.

A local authority.

A harbour authority as defined by section 38(1) of the Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970[55].

Any other relevant person.

    18.The exploitation of a geographical area for the purpose of providing maritime or inland port or other terminal facilities to carriers by sea or inland waterway.

PART Q
Network Rail.

Eurotunnel plc.

Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company.

Northern Ireland Railways.

London Underground Limited.

Transport for London.

A subsidiary of Transport for London within the meaning of section 424(1) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999[56].

Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive.

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive.

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive.

Brighton Borough Council.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive.

A local transport authority or passenger authority within the meaning of section 124 of the Transport Act 2000[57] which has made a quality contracts scheme under section 124 of that Act.

A person awarded a quality contract within the meaning of section 124 of the Transport Act 2000.

Any other relevant person.

    19.The provision or operation of a network providing a service to the public in the field of transport by railway.

PART R
Transport for London.

A subsidiary of Transport for London within the meaning of section 424(1) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive.

Blackpool Transport Services Limited.

Conwy County Borough Council.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive.

Any other relevant person.

    20.The provision or operation of a network providing a service to the public in the field of transport by automated systems, tramway, trolleybus, or cable.

PART S
Transport for London.

A subsidiary of Transport for London within the meaning of section 424(1) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

A local transport authority or Passenger Transport Authority within the meaning of section 124 of the Transport Act 2000 which has made a quality contracts scheme under section124 of that Act.

A person awarded a quality contract within the meaning of section 124 of the Transport Act 2000.

Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company.

A person who holds a road service licence under section 4(1) of the Transport Act (Northern Ireland) 1967[58] which authorises him to provide a regular service within the meaning of that licence.

Any other relevant person.

    21.The provision or operation of a network providing a service to the public in the field of transport by bus.




SCHEDULE 2
Regulation 2(1)


ACTIVITIES CONSTITUTING WORKS


Section FConstruction
Divi-sionGroupClassSubjectNotesCPV Code
45                    ConstructionConstruction of new buildings and works, restoring and common repairs45000000
          45.1          Site preparation          45100000
                    45.11Demolition and wrecking of buildings; earth movingDemolition of buildings and other structures

Clearing of building sites

Earth moving: excavation, landfill, levelling and grading of construction sites, trench digging, rock removal, blasting, etc.

Site preparation for mining:

overburden removal and other development and preparation of mineral properties and sites

Building site drainage

Drainage of agricultural or forestry land

45110000
                    45.12Test drilling and boringTest drilling, test boring and core sampling for construction, geophysical, geological or similar purposes45120000
          45.2          Building of complete constructions or parts thereof; civil engineering          45200000
                    45.21General construction of buildings and civil engineering worksConstruction of all types of buildings

Construction of civil engineering constructions

Bridges, including those for elevated highways, viaducts, tunnels and subways

Long-distance pipelines, communication and power lines

Urban pipelines, urban communication and power lines;

Ancillary urban works

Assembly and erection of prefabricated constructions on the site

45210000
                    45.22Erection of roof covering and framesErection of roofs

Roof covering

Waterproofing

45220000
                    45.23Construction of highways, roads, airfields and sport facilitiesConstruction of highways, streets, roads, other vehicular and pedestrian ways

Construction of railways

Construction of airfield runways

Construction work, other than buildings, for stadiums, swimming pools, gymnasiums, tennis courts, golf courses and other sports installations

Painting of markings on road surfaces and car parks

45230000
                    45.24Construction of water projectsConstruction of:

waterways, harbour and river works, pleasure ports (marinas), locks, etc.

dams and dykes dredging

subsurface work

45240000
                    45.25Other construction work involving special tradesConstruction activities specialising in one aspect common to different kinds of structures, requiring specialised skill or equipment:

Construction of foundations, including pile driving

Water well drilling and construction, shaft sinking

Erection of non-self-manufactured steel elements

Steel bending

Bricklaying and stone setting

Scaffolds and work platform erecting and dismantling, including renting of scaffolds and work platforms;

Erection of chimneys and industrial ovens

45250000
          45.3          Building installation          45300000
                    45.31Installation of electrical wiring and fittingsInstallation in buildings or other construction projects of:

electrical wiring and fittings

telecommunications systems

electrical heating systems

residential antennas and aerials

fire alarms

burglar alarm systems

lifts and escalators

lightning conductors, etc.

45310000
                    45.32Insulation work activitiesInstallation in buildings or other construction projects of thermal, sound or vibration insulation45320000
                    45.33PlumbingInstallation in buildings or other construction projects of:

plumbing and sanitary equipment

gas fittings

heating, ventilation, refrigeration or air conditioning equipment and ducts

sprinkler systems

45330000
                    45.34Other building installationInstallation of illumination and signalling systems for roads, railways, airports and harbours

Installation in buildings or other construction projects of fittings and fixtures n.e.c.

45340000
          45.4          Building completion          45400000
                    45.41PlasteringApplication in buildings or other construction projects of interior and exterior plaster or stucco, including related lathing materials45410000
                    45.42Joinery installationInstallation of non self-manufactured doors, windows, door and window frames, fitted kitchens, staircases, shop fittings and the like, of wood or other materials

Interior completion such as ceilings, wooden wall coverings, movable partitions, etc.

45420000
                    45.43Floor and wall coveringLaying, tiling, hanging or fitting in buildings or other construction projects of:

ceramic, concrete or cut stone wall or floor tiles

parquet and other wood floor coverings carpets and linoleum floor coverings, including of rubber or plastic, terrazzo, marble, granite

or slate floor or wall coverings

wallpaper

45430000
                    45.44Painting and glazingInterior and exterior painting of buildings

Painting of civil engineering structures

Installation of glass, mirrors etc

45440000
                    45.45Other building completionInstallation of private swimming pools, steam cleaning, sand blasting and similar activities for building exteriors

Other building completion and finishing work n.e.c.

45450000
          45.5          Renting of construction or demolition equipment with operator          45500000
                    45.50Renting of construction or demolition equipment with operator          45500000



SCHEDULE 3
Regulation 2(2)


CATEGORIES OF SERVICES


Part A
CategoryServicesCPC Reference NoCPV Code
1Maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment6112, 6122, 633, 886from 50100000 to 50982000 (except for 50310000 to 50324200 and 50116510-9, 50190000-3, 50229000-6, 50243000-0)
2Transport by land, including armoured car services and courier services but not including transport of mail and transport by rail712 (except 71235), 7512, 87304from 60112000-6 to 60129300-1 (except 60121000 to 60121600, 60122200-1, 60122230-0), and from 64120000-3 to 64121200-2
3Transport by air but not transport of mail73 (except 7321)from 62100000-3 to 62300000-5 (except 62121000-6, 62221000-7)
4Transport of mail by land, other than by rail, and by air71235, 732160122200-1, 60122230-0

62121000-6, 62221000-7

5Telecommunications services752from 64200000-8 to 64228200-2, 72318000-7, and

from 72530000-9 to 72532000-3

6Financial services:

(a) Insurance services

(b) Banking and investment services other than financial services in connection with the issue, sale, purchase or transfer of securities or other financial instruments and central bank services

Ex 81, 812, 814from 66100000-1 to 66430000-3 and

from 67110000-1 to 67262000-1

7Computer and related services84from 50300000-8 to 50324200-4,

from 72100000-6 to 72591000-4 (except 72318000-7 and from 72530000-9 to 72532000-3)

8Research and development services where the benefits accrue exclusively to the utility for its use in the conduct of its own affairs and the services are to be wholly paid for by the utility85from 73000000-2 to 73300000-5

(except 73200000-4, 73210000-7, 7322000-0)

9Accounting, auditing and book-keeping services862from 74121000-3 to 74121250-0
10Market research and public opinion polling services864from 74130000-9 to 74133000-0, and 74423100-1, 74423110-4
11Management consultancy services and related services, but not arbitration and conciliation services865, 866from 73200000-4 to 73220000-0,

from 74140000-2 to 74150000-5 (except 74142200-8), and 74420000-9, 74421000-6, 74423000-0, 74423200-2, 74423210-5, 74871000-5, 93620000-0

12Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape architectural services: related scientific and technical consulting services: technical testing and analysis services867from 74200000-1 to 74276400-8, and

from 74310000-5 to 74323100-0, and 74874000-6

13Advertising services871from 74400000-3 to 74422000-3 (except 74420000-9 and 74421000-6)
14Building-cleaning services and property management services874, 82201 to 82206from 70300000-4 to 70340000-6, and 74710000-9 to 74760000-4
15Publishing and printing services on a fee or contract basis88442from 78000000-7 to 78400000-1
16Sewage and refuse disposal service: sanitation and similar services94from 90100000-8 to 90320000-6, and 50190000-3, 50229000-6, 50243000-0
Part B
CategoryServicesCPC Reference No.CPV Code
17Hotel and restaurant services64from 55000000-0 to 55524000-9, and from 93400000-2 to 93411000-2
18Transport by rail71160111000-9, and

from 60121000-2 to 60121600-8

19Transport by water72from 61000000-5 to 61530000-9, and from 63370000-3 to 63372000-7
20Supporting and auxiliary transport services7462400000-6, 62440000-8, 62441000-5, 62450000-1,

from 63000000-9 to 63600000-5 (except 63370000-3, 63371000-0, 63372000-7), and 74322000-2, 93610000-7

21Legal services861from 74110000-3 to 74114000-1
22Personnel placement and supply services872from 74500000-4 to 74540000-6 (except 74511000-4), and from 95000000-2 to 95140000-5
23Investigation and security services, other than armoured car services873 (except 87304)from 74600000-5 to 74620000-1
24Education and vocational education services92from 80100000-5 to 80430000-7
25Health and social services9374511000-4, and

from 85000000-9 to 85323000-9 (except 85321000-5 and 85322000-2)

26Recreational, cultural and sporting services96from 74875000-3 to 74875200-5, and from 92000000-1 to 92622000-7 (except 92230000-2)
27Other services                    



SCHEDULE 4
Regulation 2(1) and 4(4)


EXTENSION TO NON-MEMBER STATES


Relevant StatesAgreement with the European Union which extends the provisions relating to public procurement to the relevant StateStatutory provisions designating the agreements as European Treaties
123
BulgariaEurope Agreement[59]SI 1994/758.
IcelandEuropean Economic Area Agreement[60]European Economic Area Act 1993[61], section 1.
LiechtensteinEuropean Economic Area AgreementEuropean Economic Area Act 1993, section 1.
NorwayEuropean Economic Area AgreementEuropean Economic Area Act 1993, section 1.
RomaniaEurope Agreement[62]SI 1994/760.



EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)


These Regulations implement, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 31st March 2004 coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (OJ No L 134, 30.4.2004, p.1).

These Regulations specify the procedures to be followed in relation to the award of supply contracts, works contracts and services contracts by utilities for the purpose of carrying out activities in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors.

The Regulations also provide remedies for breaches of these Regulations, in order to implement Council Directive 92/13/EEC of 25 February 1992 (OJ No L 76, 23.3.1992, p.14) which requires member States to provide effective remedies at national level for breaches of the Regulations relating to procurement in the utilities sector.

A full regulatory impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business has been prepared and placed in the library of each House of Parliament. Copies may be obtained from the Office of Government Commerce's website at www.ogc.gov.uk.


Notes:

[1]S.I. 1991/755.back

[2]1972 c.68. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[3]OJ L 257, 1.10.2005, p.1. The standard forms set out in the Annex to this Regulation are available at http://simap.eu.int.back

[4]OJ L 340, 16.12.2002, p.1.back

[5]S.I. 2006/5back

[6]CPC (provisional version). Further information may be obtained from the United Nations website http://unstats.un.org.back

[7]1995 c.50; section 1 was amended by S.I. 2005/1117 in relation to Northern Ireland. Sections 2 and 3 were amended by sections 18 and 19 of, and Schedule 1 to the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (c.13.) There are other amendments which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[8]Cm 2575. As at 1st January 2000, parties to the Government Procurement Agreement other than member States were Aruba, Canada, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America.back

[9]The address of the Office of Government Commerce is 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ.back

[10]OJ No L 134, 30.4.2004, p.114.back

[11]OJ No L 134, 30.4.2004, p.1.back

[12]OJ No L 76, 23..3.1992, p.14.back

[13]1971 c.80. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[14]1972 c.68.back

[15]OJ No L 193, 18.7.1983, p.1.back

[16]OJ No L 178, 17.7.2003, p.16.back

[17]OJ No L 156, 13.6.1997, p.55.back

[18]The Classification of Products by Activity is the official product classification by activity which is used by the European Union for statistical purposes.back

[19]The format and procedures for sending notices by electronic means are accessible at http://simap.eu.int.back

[20]The Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance; for more information, see www.europa.eu.int/comm/environment/emas/index_en.htm.back

[21]1977, c.45; section 1 was amended by section 5(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 (c.47), section 9(1) and (2) of, and paragraph 4 of Part II of Schedule 1 and Part II of Schedule 2 to, the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 (c.40) and section 300(1) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (c.52).back

[22]OJ No L 351, 29.12.1998, p.1.back

[23]1889 c.69.back

[24]1906 c.34; section 1 was amended by section 47(2) and (3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c.33) and section 108(2) of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (c.24).back

[25]OJ No C 316, 27.11.1995, p.49.back

[26]1968 c.60; section 9 was amended by s26(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c.53) and sections 139, 140 of, and Part 17 of Schedule 6 and Schedule 7 to, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (c.42). Section 14 was amended by S.I. 2003/2908. Sections 15A and 15B were inserted by sections 1(1) of the Theft (Amendment) Act 1996 (c. 62) and section 15B was amended by S.I. 2001/3649. Section 16 was amended by section 5(5) of the Theft Act 1978 (c.31). Section 24A was inserted by section 2(1) of the Theft (Amendment) Act 1996(c.62). Section 33 was amended by S.I. 2001/1149. Section 34 was amended by 2003/2908. Section 36 was amended by section 41(1) of, and Part I of Schedule 6 to, the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973 (c.36). There are other amendments which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[27]1978 c.31; section 1 was amended by s4(1) of the Theft (Amendment) Act 1996. Section 5 was amended by section 37(1) of and Schedule 2 to, the Extradition Act 1989 (c.33). There are other amendments which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[28]1985 c 6. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[29]1979 c.2. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[30]1994 c.23; section 72 was amended by section 17 of the Finance Act 2003 (c.14). There are other amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[31]1993 c.36. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[32]S.I. 2003/3075.back

[33]1986 c.45. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[34]S.I. 1989/2405 (N.I.19). There are amendments to this Order which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[35]2002 c.40. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[36]OJ No L 302, 19.10.92, p.1; Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 648/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2005 (OJ No L 117, 04.05.2005, p.13).back

[37]OJ No L 13, 19.1.2000, p.12.back

[38]The European Attestation Standard EN 45503: 1996D for the assessment of contract award procedures and practices of entities operating in the water, energy and transport sectors was prepared under the mandate of the Commission of the European Communities and of the European Free Trade Association.back

[39]1947 c.44. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[40]Information on the detailed application of the GPA under bilateral agreements between the EU and other signatories is maintained in the Annexes and general notes in Appendix 1 to the GPA. Access to this information is available through the World Trade Organisation website at www.wto.org.back

[41]S.I. 1996/2911.back

[42]S.I. 2001/2418.back

[43]1991 c.56; section 6 (appointment of relevant undertakers) was amended by section 101 of, and Schedule 8 to, the Water Act 2003 (c. 37). By virtue of S.I. 1999/672 as amended by S.I. 2000/253 the functions of the Minister of the Crown with respect to both water and sewerage undertakers under section 6 are now exercisable by the National Assembly for Wales for any undertaking whose area is wholly or mainly in Wales. There are other amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[44]1989 c.29; section 6 was amended by section 30 of the Utilities Act 2000 (c.27) and sections 89, 136, 143, 145, and 197 of, and Schedules 9 and 23 to the Energy Act 2004 (c.20). There are other amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[45]S.I. 1992/231 (N.I.1); article 10(1) was amended by article 28 and the changes applied to existing licences by article 29 of S.I. 2003/419 (N.I.6). There are other amendments to this Order which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[46]1986 c.44; section 7(1) was amended by section 5 of the Gas Act 1995 (c.45), section 76 of the Utilities Act 2000 (c.27), section 197 of and Schedule 23 to the Energy Act 2004. There are other amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[47]S.I. 1996/275 (N.I.2); article 8 was amended by articles 30 and the changes applied to existing licences by article 31 of S.I. 2003/419 (N.I.6). There are other amendments to this Order which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[48]1998 c.17. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[49]1964 c.28 (N.I); section 2 was amended by Schedule 3 to the Mineral Development Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 (c.35 NI). There are other amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[50]1994 c.21. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[51]1969 c.35 (N.I). There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[52]1986 c.31. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[53]S.I.1994/426 (N.I.1). There are amendments to this Order which are not relevant to these Regulationsback

[54]1964 c.40. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[55]1970 c.1 (N.I.). There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[56]1999 c.29. There are amendments to this Act which are not relevant to these Regulations.back

[57]2000 c.38; section 124 was amended by section 39 of the Railway Act 2005 (c.14)back

[58]1967 c.37 (N.I.); section 4 was amended by S.I. 1990/994 (N.I. 7) and S.I. 1984/703 (N.I.3).back

[59]OJ No L 358, 31.12.94, p..3.back

[60]OJ No L 1, 3.1.94, p. 3 as adjusted by the Protocol signed in Brussels on 17th March 1993 OJ No L 1, 3.1.94, p. 572.back

[61]1993 c.51.back

[62]OJ No L 357, 31.12.94, p.2.back



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