Aerodrome Contract.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

asked the Secretary of State for Air the names of local contractors who were invited to tender for work recently begun at a certain aerodrome?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I am advised that it is not customary in the case of Government contracts to divulge the names of firms whose tenders are unsuccessful.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Is the right hon. Baronet aware that the Parliamentary Secretary told me last week that they always gave an opportunity for local contractors to tender? In this case I have made inquiries and find that no local contractors have had the opportunity. Will the right hon. Baronet look further into it and give me the names privately if he cannot give them in the House?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Certainly I will look into it again, but I am informed that two local contractors tendered. If that is contrary to the hon. Member's informa- tion, perhaps he will communicate with me.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Could I have the names of those two firms?

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the right hon. Baronet aware that many years ago the names of contractors used to appear in the Ministry of Labour "Gazette" but not the amount of the tender?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is the right hon. Baronet aware that this is about the only country remaining where the antiquated system of not publishing names is maintained?