HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 c330W
Mr. Spence

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in order to encourage competition and greater economy in building work, he will issue a circular discouraging local authorities from making standing orders which reserve all construction work within certain cost limits, for their direct-labour department.

Mr. Amery

This is a matter for the discretion of the local authorities, subject to requirements as regards competition where Ministerial approval for building work is necessary.