Contract Tender Forms.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Photo of Mrs Agnes Hardie Mrs Agnes Hardie , Glasgow Springburn

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in requesting five firms to tender for a small ventilating fan, for a hut he has been advised about, and costing less than £10, each firm received Army forms totalling 21 folio sheets and six smaller documents for completion and guidance; and will he take steps to stop this waste of paper and the time of firms on his lists?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

I am informed that the documents used consisted only of the usual forms, such as tender forms, conditions of contract, and specifications. The firms are asked to fill in three of these forms; the rest contain information on conditions of contract and the details of what is required. The latter are all returnable, and are issued over and over again.

Photo of Mrs Agnes Hardie Mrs Agnes Hardie , Glasgow Springburn

Is the Minister aware that this is only one of several complaints which Members have received about the wasteful methods adopted by his Department?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

I do not think I can accept that. Only a minimum of forms have to be filled in. The rest are sent for information, and are used again and again.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

If the hon. Gentleman goes to the Army and Navy Stores for something, has he to fill in 21 pieces of paper?