§ Mr. Dunnett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to have completed his inquiries 448W into the possibility of withdrawing his directive imposing fixed price tendering for public contracts on the building contracting industry.
§ Mr. Amery
I am sending the hon. Member a copy of my statement of 17th March, 1971, to the National Consultative Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industries. In this I explained why the Govtrnment decided to retain the firm price tendering policy, but offered to review the situation if circumstances showed this to be necessary. I have nothing to add to this statement.