HC Deb 17 December 1975 vol 902 cc631-2W
36. Mr. Thorpe

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidelines the Government have laid down for local authorities in awarding major contracts.

Mr. Oakes

Local authorities are responsible for their own contract arrangements, but my right hon. Friend and his predecessors have given authorities advice from time to time. This advice is now being reviewed in the light of the Wood Report, but the usual practice is and remains the use of selective competitive tendering.