§ Mr. H. Brooke
It is already the general policy for Government Departments to call for tenders at fixed prices, and not to include variation of price clauses in their contracts. The uniform application of these principles is not, however, always practicable, for example in the case of certain long-term contracts.
§ Mr. Brooke
I think I have stated the Government's policy quite clearly. It does, of course, take two to make a contract.
§ Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison
Will my hon. Friend not agree that at a time when wage rates and costs are constantly rising, a time of full employment, which results in long delivery dates, an escape clause which allows for the variation of a contract with variations in costs of wages and materials frequently provides the cheapest method and not the most expensive to the customer of obtaining the article?