M25 (Payments)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1984.

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Photo of Mrs Lynda Chalker Mrs Lynda Chalker , Wallasey 12:00 am, 3rd December 1984

Of course I understand the concern of those staff who have been laid off by Bovis-Birse, but they are employed by that contractor and are that contractor's responsibility.

Our consultants, W. S. Atkins, who have an independent role as engineers to the contract, have acted exactly in line with the extensions of time according to the Institute of Civil Engineers' conditions of contract, which were established about 20 years ago. It is not unusual for extensions of contract to be given from time to time, according to what is necessary on a particular contract. I do not have direct control over them. I am not consulted unless a date goes outside the original target, and in this case that was not so.