Published date: 8 March 2023

This notice was replaced on 8 March 2023

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Early engagement (published 8 March 2023, last edited 8 March 2023)

Closed early engagement

Contract summary


  • Transport services (excl. Waste transport) - 60000000

  • Administration, defence and social security services - 75000000

  • Guard services - 79713000

Location of contract

Any region

Procurement reference


Published date

8 March 2023

Closing date

31 March 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Home Office is responsible, under the Immigration Act 1971 and the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, for detaining and/or enforcing the removal of certain persons (Detainees), assigned by the Home Office to Immigration Removal Centres and other locations from the United Kingdom. The Home Office is responsible for the provision of bed space, escorting services and electronic monitoring. At any one time, approximately 3000 detained individuals can be held overnight in one of seven Immigration Removal Centres, 3 residential Short-Term Holding Facilities, a pre-departure accommodation and additional spaces including prisons and police stations across the United Kingdom. Persons can be detained for shorter periods of time in holding rooms at reporting centres, air and seaports.

To facilitate the transfer of detained individuals under Migration and Economic Development Partnerships, it is necessary to provide sufficient escort and transportation staff to enable their safe and secure passage. This includes the transportation of detained individuals with no legal basis to remain in the UK to an overseas destination and transfer to appropriate authorities upon arrival. Appropriate safeguards will be required for individuals being transferred with vulnerabilities, such as medical conditions or for those who refuse to comply with the transfer.

The Authority is seeking a commercial partner to provide a number of fully integrated services. These services include (but are not limited to):

• The escorting and transportation of detained and non-detained individuals within the UK (In-Country Escorting Services)

• The escorting of detained and non-detained individuals to and from the UK and to and from an overseas destination (Overseas Escorting) including the escorting of individuals from the UK to an overseas destination whereby a legal agreement has been signed to deliver MEDP

• Collection, transportation, and escorting individuals on a charter to an overseas destination, and where required returning individuals to an immigration removal centre where those individuals do not leave on the charter or are returned to the UK

The potential length of contract will be 3 years from service commencement, with options to extend on one or more occasions up to a maximum of a further 3 years. The estimated value for the initial 3 year term from service commencement is £78m.

The content of this PIN, including the nature of services may be subject to change. The service is volumetric and any estimated values may be subject to change up or down depending on the amount of activity undertaken during the life of contract. Note that services may include but not be limited to current and future MEDP locations and other immigration escorting and related service requirements.

Market engagement events will be held for interested Suppliers on 28th-29th March 2023 (subject to change). These will be held virtually.

More information

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1. To express an interest, participants must first be registered on the Home Office eSourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered, this can be done online at by following the Register Here Link. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering and who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

2. Email:
Title of email: MEDP Escorting Procurement - Expression of Interest
Email to include: Organisation name, Contact name, E-mail address and telephone number.
Once above steps are completed, documents will be made available via the portal, subject to parties signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

Market engagement events will be held for interested Suppliers on 28th-29th March 2023 (subject to change). These will be held virtually. Further details of events to follow upon receipt of a signed NDA.

The contract falls under Regulation 74 of and Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. As a result, the Authority has determined the procurement procedure that is being followed. The Authority will ensure that the procurement procedure is at least sufficient to ensure compliance with the principles of transparency and equal treatment of Bidders.

The content of this PIN, including the nature of services and estimated value, may be the subject to change.

About the buyer

Contact name

The Secretary of State for the Home Department


Home Office, 2 Marsham Street