Mr. John David Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the Northern Ireland Housing Executive is restricting tender documents for painting contracts to those painting firms which have previously carried out contracts to a value of £100,000 or over; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand from the chairman that the information is not readily available; I shall reply to the right hon. Gentleman as soon as possible.