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
[pursuant to his reply, 11 March 1985, c. 37]: I am advised by the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that the issue of tender documents for painting contracts is not restricted in the way suggested. Financial capacity and management resources are, however, assessed before the issue of invitations to tender for painting and other contracts.