Office Equipment Framework Agreement, documentation and submission information: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested


The following documentation [for the Office Equipment Framework Agreement].

[1] Formal Tender Documentation

[2] Price/Quality scores for current suppliers on the Framework.

[3] Quality submission of highest scoring tenderer.

[4] Framework Agreement renewal date.



In response to your request, I enclose the following documents:


  • [1] Scottish Procurement’s National Framework for Office Equipment Invitation to Tender documents
  • [2] Price/Quality scores for current suppliers on the Framework.
  • [3] Quality submission of highest scoring tenderer.


Commentary on the information release

In response to your point 2, the Price/Quality scores for current suppliers on the Framework are provided in Annex A. Please note, this is not a ranked framework.


In response to point 3, the highest scoring tenderer is Konica Minolta. The tender document contains personal information, detailed cost information and trade secrets (such as software tools and elements of methodologies) and as such, some details have been redacted to protect the commercial interests of the tenderer. Further information is provided in Annex B.

In response to your point 4, the current framework expiry date is 2 June 2019 and there is the option to extend for two further 12 month periods, giving a maximum contract duration of four years, ending 2 June 2021.  The decision on whether to extend the framework or has not yet been taken. 


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Supplier Name

Commercial scores
(out of 40)

Technical Envelope Weighting

Total Combined scores
(out of 100)

Annodata Limited




Canon (UK) Limited




Capital Document Solutions Ltd




Konica Minolta UK Ltd




Ricoh UK Ltd.




The Danwood Group Ltd




Xerox (UK) Ltd








An exemption applies

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. names and contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998.  This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.


An exemption applies, subject to the public interest test

An exemption under section 33(1)(b) of FOISA (commercial interests) applies to some of the information requested.  This exemption applies because disclosure of this particular information would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of Konica Minolta Ltd.  Disclosing this information would be likely to give the Konica Minolta’s competitors an advantage in future similar tendering exercises which would substantially prejudice their ability to submit competitive tenders and so could significantly harm their commercial business.


This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’.  Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.  We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption.  We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open and transparent government, and to help account for the expenditure of public money.  However, there is a greater public interest in protecting the commercial interests of companies that tender for Scottish Government frameworks, to ensure that we are always able to obtain the best value for public money.


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