BAA 'interference' led to re-tender

7 May 2008

8 May 2008 | Paul Snell

The Competition Commission (CC) has had to re-tender a contract for consultancy services investigating a BAA development project, after one of the airport operator's staff "interfered" in the process.

The CC began a tender for consultants in January to help review Stansted Airport development options suggested by BAA. But the regulator said it became concerned there had been "interference" in the tender and was forced to abandon the process and start again.

When BAA carried out an internal review of its contact with consulting firms, it found evidence of activity that could be seen as interference. BAA told the CC the behaviour was an isolated incident, "in no way" authorised, encouraged or condoned by its management team. A company spokesman said: "BAA regrets the unauthorised actions of one employee could be perceived as interference in the CC's appointment of a consultant."

A CC spokesman said the tender had now been completed and although the re-tender was not desirable there had not been "massive consequences".

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