HC Deb 10 May 1948 vol 450 c167W
7. Mr. Hopkin Morris

asked the Minister of Works why alterations and improvements to premises required for insurance purposes are entrusted to builders without invitation of competitive tenders; and whether he is satisfied that this is in the public interest.

Mr. Key

Wherever possible, competitive tenders have been obtained, but in view of the urgent necessity of getting the offices ready in time for the operation of the National Insurance scheme by 5th July, 1948, prime cost has had sometimes to be adopted. I am satisfied that this was in the public interest.