Cleaner dishes needed at Houses of Parliament

David Cameron and his fellow politicians look set to get their lunchtime meals served on sparkling clean plates in future after the Houses of Parliament issued a contract for the supply of chemical foodservice cleaning products.

The government is looking for a single supplier to provide a range of products and detergents, including chemical and dishwasher dosing dispensing units, kitchen hygiene, food hygiene and cleaning products.

The Corporate Office of the House of Commons, which is the buying organisation in charge of the contract, says the supplier will also need to be able to provide maintenance support for all dishwasher dosing and chemical dispensing equipment within the catering facilities and outlets that comprise the Parliamentary Estate.

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Provisions for technical advice and support, including COSHH training for catering and retail services staff, are also set out in the contract.

Additionally, the Catering and Retail Services (CRS) of the House of Commons and House of Lords is looking for “various service” options, including free on loan for all chemical and dishwasher dosing dispensing units; the installation of equipment for new dishwashers including calibration and set up; and hygiene dishwasher checks to that cover temperature, water, mineral content and cleanliness.

The contract is set to run for a two-year period and is estimated at £51,000, excluding VAT.

As well as examining value for money, the contract notice stipulates that sustainability, effective category contract management, technical support and staff training will also be taken into account when awarding the project.

The deadline date for tendering is the first week in July.

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