§ 19. Mr. Hilton
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he will reduce the number of Departmental contracts let on a fixed-price basis, is view of the sporadic and large increases in costs within the building industry.
§ Mr. Hilton
Does the Minister agree that in a period of serious and sporadic rises any contractor on a fixed-price tender is taking a gamble which is not good for him, for his operatives, or for the client, and that urgent consideration must be given to the situation?
§ Mr. Emery
Does my right hon. Friend realise that his Ministry is the largest in the Government concerned with 222 letting building contracts and that there is considerable concern about the way in which the contracting has been done in the past? Do I gather from my right hon. Friend's reply that he is making an overall review of the way in which building contracts are being let?