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Scores withheld


The Highways Agency has adopted a cautious approach to the publication of scores achieved by its suppliers.

It has withheld score information, declaring it exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, introduced on 1 January this year to prevent public bodies burying information.

It declined NCE's request for information on the grounds that 'public interest favours withholding information'.

'Disclosure of CAT scores would affect the way we do business. It would affect our ability to get best value for money for the taxpayer by undermining the confidence that our supply chain has in us as a best practice client, ' it claimed.

It also argued that CAT scores could be 'used inappropriately to determine tender lists by other clients who do not understand the context in which it should be applied.'

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