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Services Restricted Procedure Notice

Is this contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)? Yes

SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

I.1) OFFICIAL NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY Organisation: National Audit Office, Address: 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, Town: London, Telephone: 020 7798 7350, Electronic Mail: enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk, For the attention of: Emma Gallacher, Postal Code: SW1W 9SP, Country: UNITED KINGDOM, Fax: 020 7798 7025, Internet address (URL): www.nao.org.uk
I.2) ADDRESS FROM WHICH FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED As in I.1.
I.3) ADDRESS FROM WHICH DOCUMENTATION MAY BE OBTAINED As in I.1.
I.4) ADDRESS TO WHICH TENDERS/REQUESTS TO PARTICIPATE MUST BE SENT As in I.1.
I.5) TYPE OF CONTRACTING AUTHORITY Central level

SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE CONTRACT

II.1) DESCRIPTION
II.1.3) Type of services contract (in case of service contract)(Service category) 9.
II.1.4) Is it a framework agreement? No
II.1.5) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority UK-London: External Audit Services
II.1.6) Description / object of the contract The National Audit Office's (NAO) external auditors are appointed by the Public Accounts Commission under section 4(5) of the National Audit Act 1983. They are be responsible for auditing annual financial statements of the NAO and giving an opinion to Parliament. The financial statements are accruals based and prepared in a form prescribed by Parliament, with financial years ending 31 March. In addition the auditor may be asked to carry out value for money examinations of the use of resources by the NAO. This may include, but is not restricted to, an annual Value For Money review into an aspect of NAO business and validation of the financial impacts arising from the NAO's work. The NAO also undertakes international work, some of which is funded by sponsoring organisations which require claims for payment to be audited and certified. More information about the NAO, including the latest annual report and accounts, may be found at: www.nao.org.uk Financial auditing services.
II.1.7) Site or location of works, place of delivery or performance National Audit Office, UK
NUTS code
II.1.8) Nomenclature
II.1.8.1) Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)
Main Object: 74121210-8.
II.1.8.2) Other relevant nomenclature (CPA / NACE / CPC) CPC: 82211.
II.1.9) Division into lots No
Tenders may be submitted for
Lot No
II.1.10) Will variants be accepted No
II.2) QUANTITY OR SCOPE OF THE CONTRACT
II.2.1) Total quantity or scope (including all lots and options, if applicable) It is expected that the initial contract will be for a period of 3 years commencing with the audit of accounts for 2006/07 and ending with the audit of the accounts for 2008/09. There will be a period of setting up of operations for 3 months prior to audit activity commencing in 2006/07. The volume of additional work will depend on the requirements of the Public Accounts Commission and international funding bodies and cannot be guaranteed.
II.2.2) Options (if applicable). Description and time when they may be exercised (if possible) 1 option to extend of up to 24 months in total.
II.3) DURATION OF THE CONTRACT OR TIME LIMIT FOR COMPLETION
Either: Period in months
And / or days
Or: Starting 01/07/2006
And/or ending 30/06/2009

SECTION III: LEGAL, ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION

III.1) CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE CONTRACT
III.1.1) Deposits and guarantees required (if applicable) Not applicable
III.1.2) Main terms of financing and payment and / or reference to the relevant provisions (if applicable)
III.1.3) Legal form to be taken by the grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom the contract is awarded (if applicable)


III.2) CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
III.2.1) Information concerning the personal situation of the contractor, supplier or service provider and information and formalities necessary for the evaluation of the minimum economic, financial and technical capacity required
Any supplier may be disqualified who:

(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, whose affairs are being administered by the court, who has entered into an arrangement with creditors or who is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding-up or administration by the court or for an arrangement with creditors or is the subject of any other similar proceedings under national laws or regulations;
(c) has been convicted of an offence concerning his professional conduct by a judgement which has the force of res judicata;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can justify;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under the provisions of the Directive on the criteria for qualitative selection;

III.2.1.1) Legal position - means of proof required
Further information will be requested in the pre-qualification questionnaire.
III.2.1.2) Economic and financial capacity - means of proof required
Further information will be requested in the pre-qualification questionnaire.
III.2.1.3) Technical capacity - means of proof required
Further information will be requested in the pre-qualification questionnaire
III.3) CONDITIONS SPECIFIC TO SERVICES CONTRACTS
III.3.1) Is provision of the service reserved to a specific profession? Yes
If yes, reference of the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision As detailed in the National Audit Act 1983, Schedule 3.
III.3.2) Will legal entities be required to state the names and professional qualifications of the personnel responsible for execution of the contract? Yes

SECTION IV: PROCEDURE

IV.1) TYPE OF PROCEDURE Restricted procedure.
IV.1.3) Previous publication concerning the same contract (if applicable)
IV.1.3.1) Prior information notice concerning the same contract (if applicable)
Notice number in OJ content list
Of
IV.1.3.2) Other previous publications
Notice number in OJ content list
Of
IV.1.4) Envisaged number of suppliers that will be invited to tender (when applicable)
Number
Or: Minimum 5
/ Maximum 10
IV.2) AWARD CRITERIA B) The most economically advantageous tender in terms of: B2) criteria as stated in contract documents.
IV.3) ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
IV.3.1) Reference number attributed to the file by the contracting authority SA/05/01
IV.3.2) Conditions for obtaining contract document and additional documents
Obtainable until
Price (where applicable)
Currency GBP
Terms and method of payment
IV.3.3) Requests to participate
Date 10/11/2005
Days from dispatch of notice
Time (when applicable) 12:00
IV.3.4) Dispatch of invitations to tender to selected candidates (In restricted and negotiated procedure)(Estimated Date) 08/12/2005
IV.3.5) Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up English
Other(s) - third country

SECTION VI: OTHER INFORMATION

VI.1) IS THIS NOTICE A NON-MANDATORY ONE? No
VI.2) IF APPLICABLE, INDICATE WHETHER THIS PROCUREMENT IS A RECURRENT ONE AND THE ESTIMATED TIMING FOR FURTHER NOTICES TO BE PUBLISHED
VI.3) DOES THE CONTRACT RELATE TO A PROJECT / PROGRAMME FINANCED BY EU FUNDS? No
If yes, indicate the project / programme and any useful reference
VI.4) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (if applicable) A pre-qualification questionnaire will be issued to all organisations that express an interest. The pre-qualification questionnaire can be obtained by contacting the awarding authority at the address in 1.1. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award a contract, or to award all or part of the contract to a supplier. The National Audit Act 1983 Schedule 3 specifies the bodies whose members may be appointed as auditor of the NAO. The Public Accounts Commission will consider applications by members of equivalent bodies (including those outside the United Kingdom). It should be noted that to demonstrate independence and objectivity, organisations currently contracted to provide audit services to the NAO will not be considered for the position of external auditor. Similarly, the successful appointee will not be able to bid for any other NAO assignments during their term as auditor. GO reference: GO 05092803/01
VI.5) DATE OF DISPATCH OF THIS NOTICE 27/09/2005


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