§ 32. Mr. E. Johnson
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board, the British Electricity Authority, and the Gas Council to advertise publicly for tenders for all work they are letting out to contractors.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
No, Sir. The precise arrangements adopted by the nationalised industries under my jurisdiction in placing their widely differing types of contract are matters for the industries themselves to decide.
§ Mr. Johnson
Is not my right hon. Friend of the opinion that it is much more likely to lead to an agreement to quote the same price if only a limited number of firms are invited to tender for a project? Is he further aware that before nationalisation it was the practice of most electricity industries to advertise publicly for tenders, whereas the practice now is that only a few people are invited to tender?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if he adopts this practice and asks for tenders he will still get the same answer?