Last Tuesday a question and answer appeared in the Parliament system which was set out by Henry Smith who is the Conservative MP for Crawley and it was responded by Nick Gibb who is the MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Nick is also a Minister in the Department for Education. Sadly the answer was not very clear because it referred to a Framework that many of us would not be aware of. Here is this question and answer.
Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her planned timetable is for opening the tendering process for the supply of defibrillators for schools.
Nick Gibb: The Department has completed a compliant tendering process for the supply of defibrillators for schools through Crown Commercial Services Framework RM6157.
So if we research on RM6157 I found this Government website page and it starts by defining that RM6157 is
Building Materials and Equipment
UK government departments, devolved administrations and the wider public sector can access a range of building materials, equipment and associated services.
Now clearly there will be many Schools that will have building companies working for them. However if that is how they will obtain defibrillators that is very disturbing. We clearly need Nick Gibb and indeed his boss Gillian Keegan who is the MP for Chichester to review this answer and to obtain a more positive response.