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There is a potential requirement for a product that can be used to assist in situations where individuals require help to communicate, be that due to disability, not speaking the same language or other potential barriers. This exercise is being ...

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Ministry of Justice.
Harcourt House
United Kingdom
Contact person: Catherine Land
Telephone: +44 01133907341
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Supply/Development of Communication Aids to the Criminal Justice Sector.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

There is a potential requirement for a product that can be used to assist in situations where individuals require help to communicate, be that due to disability, not speaking the same language or other potential barriers.

This exercise is being conducted to assess whether a suitable product is already in existence within the market or if there is potential to develop something to fulfil this need.

This needs to be a physical product, not in a digital/software based format.

Please refer to additional information section for questions.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 150 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is seeking to establish what resources are available to support foreign national prisoners who have difficulties communicating with other prisoners and members of staff.

NOMS is interested to identify resources currently on the market that use visual aides and/or provide basic translation to foreign languages frequently spoken, to stimulate communication and support daily life for prisoners who do not speak English, or who have other barriers to communication.

Products should not rely on digital platforms and should be in a format which would enable prisoners and staff to interact during daily activities.

Potential requirement for 20 000-30 000 copies based on providing these to staff within FNP-only prisons, Immigration Removal.

Resources that are already developed and have been tested or have evidence of their effectiveness are of primary interest.

There is no guarantee that this will develop into a future business opportunity.

II.2.14)Additional information

Please provide the following information:

- A brief description of the resource and intended use.

- Has this product been used and evaluated with prisoners and/or speakers of other languages? Please provide details of the evaluation and/or case study.

- What is the cost per unit?

- Do you have a breakdown of bulk unit costs?

- What is the current availability of the product and estimated lead time?

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:


The Handbook on Prisoners with Special Needs (2007) produced by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) outlines various challenges for foreign nationals in the justice system, particularly isolation arising from difficulty communicating, participating in programmes and understanding rules and regimes.

9 891 foreign nationals were held in custody and NOMS-operated IRCs as at 30.6.2016. The most common nationalities after British are Polish, Irish, Romanian, Jamaican and Albanian, accounting for 35 % of the foreign national population and 4 % of the prison population overall.

HMIP inspections in 2015 indicated a lack of provision for speakers of foreign languages. Whilst libraries provide foreign language literature and audio, there was a lack of foreign language dictionaries and many were not regularly accessing the library.

Prison and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) report on self-inflicted deaths indicated 20 % of deaths in 2015 were by foreign national prisoners.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: