Published date: 1 April 2015

Withdrawn early engagement

Closing date: 23 February 2018

Contract summary


  • Sound recordings - 32353000

  • Justice services - 75230000

  • Translation services - 79530000

    • Interpretation services - 79540000

    • Print finishing services - 79821000

Location of contract

Any region

Procurement reference

4543-2-Professional Services-SE-RFI

Published date

1 April 2015

Closing date

23 February 2018

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



It is the intention of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as the Contracting Authority to put in place a second generation contract for the provision of language services. The services required will include but may not be limited to the provision of:

- Face to face interpretation
- Telephone interpretation
- Written translation
- Translation for the deaf, blind and deaf/blind

This notice was despatched to OJEU on the 27/3/15 and published on 1/4/15 under ref:UK-London: Translation services 2015/S 064-112767

NUTS code (UK)
Type of Contracting Authority - Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
Main activity - General public services & Public order and safety
Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): Y

Due to its diversity and range of stakeholders the MoJ currently has a range of language service requirements delivered across multiple locations within the UK. The MoJ would like to explore potential contracting options further with market providers and key stakeholders within the industry.

The MoJ anticipates that its spend under any resulting contract is likely to be £80m - £160m, however these figures will vary depending on the number of contracting authorities who may be purchasing and the contract term.

The purpose of this Notice is to:
(i) Inform the market of a prospective contract opportunity in connection with the procurement for the supply of language services to the criminal justice system; and
(ii) request information that may be relevant to the procurement strategy that may be adopted by the MoJ.

The next stage of the process is to seek further input from potential providers through a 'language services supplier day' to be held on the 1st May 2015.

In the first instance suppliers should respond to this notice to register their interest in attending the supplier day.

The form of response should be limited to the provision of a single point of contact (company name, contact, name, job title, e-mail address and telephone number).

Once the MoJ have gauged market interest, we will issue an invite to all interested parties, confirming the date, timings and location of the event.
In order to express your interest in attending the supplier event, please address an e-mail to the language services re-tender team at The subject of your e-mail should be:- Language services EOI & supplier day.

** Potential providers should be aware that a number of services required will involve dealing with highly sensitive information. Security vetting and provison of information assurance will be of paramount importance in any resulting contracts awarded.

Potential providers should also be aware that some of the services required will need to be available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

PLEASE NOTE - CPV CODE 79821000 (Print Finishing Services) should be treated as 79821100 proof reading services

More information

Additional text

The scope and structure of this procurement will be further developed following market and stakeholder engagement and may change as a result of this ongoing activity. The MoJ will host a supplier/industry day in
order to encourage supplier awareness, engagement and opinion on the proposed procedure. It is intended that this will be held on 1st May 2015.

As set out above, this notice is intended only to inform the market of a prospective contract opportunity and to request information which may be relevant to the development of any eventual procurement strategy/tender. Potential providers will not be prejudiced by any response to this notice, or failure to respond. All information made
available to those attending this event will be made available to bidders who express an interest in any resulting procurement. This notice does not formally signify the beginning of a procurement and does not constitute a commitment by the MoJ to undertake any procurement exercise. In the event that the MoJ decide to formally commence the procurement for the supply of language services a separate contract notice will be issued in the OJEU.

In the event that the MoJ decide to formally commence the procurement it is anticipated that a contract notice would be submitted via the OJEU in Summer 2015.

Suppliers who wish to ask questions in relation to the notice can send them to the e-mail address

Any resulting procurement will be managed electronically via the MoJ e-sourcing suite. Details on how to register on the portal will be provided in due course.

About the buyer

Contact name

MoJ language services re-tender team


Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France


+44 2033340850