§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions, and for what value in each case, the Property Services Agency has recovered excess profits from contractors (a) as a result of information given by employees to his Department and (b) otherwise; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
[pursuant to his reply, 14 April 1986]: The Property Services Agency does not normally let contracts under which the amount due to the contractor is in any way dependent upon the financial return achieved. I am not aware of any case in which a return of excess profits has been sought.
Cases do arise in which overpayments related to the value or amount of work done under a particular contract are recovered from contractors. A very small percentage of such cases originates from information from sources outside the agency, but the detailed information requested is not available.