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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To record any declarations of interest from Members present.
There were no declarations of interest.
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5TH MARCH 2010 PDF 58 KB
The Part 1 minutes of the Portfolio Holder meeting that had been held on 5th March 2010 were agreed and signed as a correct record.
QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ATTENDING THE MEETING
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No questions had been received.
GATEWAY 1 MEMBERS REPORT: NEGOTIATED CONTRACT FOR HER MAJESTY'S CORONERS POST MORTEM & MORTUARY SERVICES PART 1 (PUBLIC) INFORMATION PDF 138 KB
Members discussed the Part 1 report that had been drafted by Joanne Stowell (LBB Assistant Director for Public Protection and Enforcement).
The tender for the Mortuary Services contract had been processed via ProContract in the usual manner. However, despite the closing date for the tender being extended, no bids had been received. The report was therefore required to consider options for the provision of mortuary services in the light of the failed bid, and made recommendations.
The Executive Director of Environmental and Community Services pointed out that this was a niche market, and that the service needed to be provided close to the Coronial District. The service provider would need to be able to provide the full range of mortuary services, and LBB had to meet the requirements of the Coroner.
The Assistant Director for Public Protection and Enforcement clarified that there was no private sector provider for this service, and that the geographical location of the mortuary was important.
The report outlined various options, and Members and the Portfolio Holder considered the benefits and risks associated with each one. It was noted that the preferred option was option three, which was outlined in section 5.3 of the report. This was the option to negotiate with the incumbent provider for a 3+3 year contract.
Members noted the benefits of this option:
· It offered stable service provision
· It would enable LBB to discharge its statutory duty in the medium term
· It would provide the current provider with medium term financial stability
· It would place LBB in strong negotiating position
· It would allow for the formation of a Task and Finish Group to assess options going forward
· The proposed contract period would allow for an appraisal of the suitability of partnering with other authorities should the need arise.
There would be a risk associated with the option in that the King’s Trust was in financial measures, but this would apply to all the options across the board.
A Member enquired if a better deal could be achieved with a 5 year contract. The Assistant Director for Public Protection and Enforcement reiterated the benefits of the three year contract period which had been approved by the Commissioning Board. It was also the case that it would not be in LBB’s best interests to be tied in to a 5 year contract.
The Assistant Director for Public Protection and Enforcement expanded on the work of the proposed Task and Finish Group which had been outlined in section 5.1 of the report.
1) LBB negotiate with the incumbent provider for a 3+3 year contract, as detailed in option three of the report.
2) An exemption from tender to maintain the provision of a statutory service by the incumbent provider be approved by the Portfolio Holder.
3) A Task and Finish Group be formed to explore the options for the future provision of the mortuary service, and to make appropriate recommendations.
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The Chairman to move that the Press and public be excluded during consideration of the items of business listed below as it is likely in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings that if members of the Press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information.
EXEMPT MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5TH MARCH 2010
The exempt minutes of the meeting that had been held on 5th March 2010 were agreed and signed as a correct record.
GATEWAY 1 MEMBERS REPORT: NEGOTIATED CONTRACT FOR HER MAJESTY'S CORONERS POST MORTEM & MORTUARY SERVICES PART 2 (EXEMPT) INFORMATION
The part 2 report was basically the same as the part 1 report with a few additional paragraphs.
Matters were able to be discussed and resolved under part 1 without the need to enter into separate part 2 discussions.
Therefore the minutes of the meeting have all been written under the part 1 section of the meeting.