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Government Contracts

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th June 1957.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 6th June 1957

asked the Minister of Labour what action has been taken to review the possibility of extending the practice of Government Departments of costing their contracts so as to be able to offer sheltered workshops a large number of contracts on this basis in accordance with the suggestion of the Piercy Committee.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

This suggestion is being considered by my Department and the others concerned.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

While the Parliamentary Secretary is considering that, would he consider something else also; that is, extending the idea of sponsorship to Government Departments and national public corporations?

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

I will certainly do that.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

Are many Government contracts issued without being properly costed?

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

That is another matter which is not for me to answer.