§ Mr. Harold Walker
asked the Minister of Transport if private contractors carrying out reimbursable cost contracts for his Department will be subject to the cash limit constraints which apply to public sector employers, and in what way, or if 533W such contractors will be automatically reimbursed for extra labour costs irrespective of the level of wage and salary settlements they may enter into.
§ Mr. Fowler
There is a cash limit on the amount available for procurement by my Department. Any unexpected increase in contractors' costs would reduce the overall amount of business they can be given.
For contracts where the price may be varied to take account of changes in wage and material costs the variations are calculated in accordance with a formula normally based on published indices. The formula is not affected by cash limits.
In the case of cost-plus contracts, costs are taken into account as may be provided for in the terms of the individual contract.