No-contest contracts

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many no-contest contracts have been awarded by the GLA and its functional bodies since May 2008? Please provide a list of the contracts and to whom each was awarded?


Answer for No-contest contracts

Answer for No-contest contracts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been informed that exemptions from the GLA's Contracts and Funding Code will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. When seeking approval for an exemption officers must clearly explain why the proposed exemption is required. They must make a strong case, including how they will obtain value for money.  In each case financial and legal advice will be provided on the relevant decision form in order to enable a fully informed decision to be made.

The reason for an exemption will normally fall into one of the following categories:

       Urgency (the requirement has to satisfy the legal definition of "urgent" and be an unforeseen situation like fire, flood or civil unrest);

       Complete absence of competition;

       Technical, artistic, exclusive right or intellectual property rights;

       Previous involvement in a specific current project or continuation of existing work which cannot be separated from the new project/work;

       Supplier unique in its ability to provide compatibility with an existing service (not applicable to the majority of contracts with contract values exceeding £150,000); and

       Bargain advantageous conditions i.e. bankruptcy, liquidation, etc.

GLA Response

The no-contest contracts approved by the GLA since May 2008 is attached as Appendix AB. This table includes exemptions for additional amounts for contracts that were originally approved under a competitive framework.


The MOPAC response is attached as Appendix AC.


The LFEPA response is attached as Appendix AD.

TfL response

TfL estimate the number of no-contest contracts since 2008 with TfL are 1024. The details are attached as Appendix AE.