HC Deb 21 April 1937 vol 322 cc1742-3
41 and 42. Mr. Turton

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air (1) how many local sub-contractors were asked to tender for the electrical wiring work in connection with the erection of the aerodrome at Dishforth; and whether all those on the Air Ministry's list of firms eligible to tender for electrical wiring work were given this opportunity;

(2) what steps he is taking to secure that local contractors and sub-contractors have an opportunity of quoting for work in connection with the building of the new aerodromes?

Sir P. Sassoon

It is the present practice to let one Air Ministry contract for the whole of the building work at a new aerodrome, leaving the successful firm to enter into the necessary sub-contracts subject to Air Ministry approval. As regards contracts placed directly by the Air Ministry, suitable local contractors are invariably included in the invitations to tender. As regards sub-contracts, the Department's list of firms, including local firms, eligible to carry out the work is circulated for the guidance of the firms invited to tender for the building work as a whole, but the tenderers are not necessarily limited to firms on that list. The normal procedure was followed by the Air Ministry in the case of Dish-forth, but I regret that the details asked for by my hon. Friend as regards that case are not in my possession.

Mr. Turton

Will my right hon. Friend reconsider his policy, so as to secure that local contractors and sub-contractors can get greater opportunities to secure contracts than they do at present?

Sir P. Sassoon

The Air Ministry does whatever it can to make use of local resources in these cases.

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