Interpretation Project at MoJ has no details of Capita's subcontractors
Our Reference: FOI - 82887 7 June 2013
Dear Ms Ford,
Freedom of Information Request
Thank you for your e-mail of 19 May 2013, in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):
“I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
1. Please provide a list of subcontractors of Capita Translation and Interpreting under the Framework Agreement/Service Level Agreement with HMCTS, approved by the Ministry of Justice/HMCTS under Section 26.4 of the Framework Agreement for language services.
2. Please provide a list of subcontractors drawn up from copies of each sub-contract Capita Translation and Interpreting duly sent to the Ministry of Justice/HMCTS under Section 26.3 of the Framework Agreement for language services.
Please let me have the information requested above in the electronic form.
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I can confirm that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not hold the information that you have requested. To establish whether the information was held I conducted a thorough search, and made enquires with MoJ Procurement. It may help if I clarify that information is not held by MoJ because there is no legal, or business requirement for MoJ to hold the information being requested. Contract clauses 26.3 and 26.4, to which you have referred in your request, allow the MoJ to request information from Capita but do not require it to do so.
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