§ Mr. Michael Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many district auditor reports critical of direct labour have been submitted in the last 12 months; and which councils are involved.
§ Mr. Freeson
Auditors' reports since 1st November 1975 have drawn attention in 13 cases to the need for improvements, mainly in the provision of management information or the control of bonus schemes, in the operation of local authority direct labour organisations in306W England engaged on construction work. The 13 authorities are the Northumberland County Council, the Knowsley, Manchester, St. Helens, Solihull, Sunderland and Walsall Metropolitan District Councils and the Chester-le-Street, Darlington, Easington, Sedgefield, Tiverton and Wear Valley District Councils.