HC Deb 05 November 1936 vol 317 c245

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that in their specifications for electrical work his Department places third-party obligations upon electrical contractors, although it is impossible for electrical contractors to insure with recognised offices against such risks; and will he take steps to see that in future the Post Office does not insist upon indemnities which the recognised insurance offices of the country will not cover?


I am aware that the specifications in question require contractors to accept responsibility for damage or injury caused by their operations. That requirement, which is of long standing, has not, so far as I am aware, given rise to difficulties between the Department and its contractors, and I see no reason for modifying it.