§ 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 1313W 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.