HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 c457W
Mr. J. H. Osborn

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the capital construction of Sheffield Polytechnic estimated to cost between £250,000 and £300,000 has been offered to public tender; whether she is satisfied that the Public Works Department which is undertaking this work has either offered the lowest tender or the most satisfactory terms of completion; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. van Straubenzee

I am informing the Sheffield Local Education Authority that I cannot accept their reasons for seeking to carry out large-scale conversions at the Sheffield Polytechnic by means of a contract negotiated with the Sheffield Public Works Department and I am asking the authority to invite tenders for the work.