§ Mr. Hugh Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many ex gratia payments have been made to builders who have suffered heavy losses from fixed price contracts either under the terms of the statement made by the then Minister of Housing on 20th September 1973 or under the Circular Annex 2 to Circular 91/74 issued by his Department last year.
§ Mr. Freeson
My Department has made one such payment. My consent is not necessarily required to any ex gratia payment made by a local authority and I do not know how many such payments have been made.