HC Deb 05 July 1939 vol 349 cc1312-3W
Mr. Hepworth

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in all cases where the lowest tender for a Government contract is not accepted, the Treasury, in the interests of the taxpayer, satisfies itself that there are very good reasons for the departure from normal custom; and also that the firm concerned is placed in possession of the reasons why its tender is not accepted?

Captain Crookshank

The responsibility for deciding in any particular case whether the circumstances are such as to make it necessary to pass over the lowest tender for a Government contract rests with the Government Department concerned. It is equally for that Department to consider how far it is willing to give reasons for the non-acceptance of a tender.

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