HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2464-5W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Health whether he will specify the grounds upon which his Department is prepared to consider permitting a local authority to accept a tender other than the lowest tender?

Mr. Elliot

Without attempting to enumerate exhaustively the reasons which might properly justify the acceptance of a tender other than the lowest, I should be prepared to agree to the acceptance of such a tender if the local authority

satisfied me that there were reasonable grounds for believing that the contractor who had submitted the lowest tender could not complete the work at the tender price without sacrifice of quality.