§ Mr. Mapp
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will modify the individual price contract system for housing to enable those authorities with a heavy slum clearance programme to encourage large building contractors to participate with edaquate strength and over an extended period.
§ Sir K. Joseph
I think that the hon. Member is under a misapprehension. I do not insist on competitive tendering for each individual housing project and in the case of local authorities with a long-term slum clearance problem, like Oldham's, I am in favour of forward contract arrangements providing for continuity of building work over a period of years.