HC Deb 20 March 1986 vol 94 c253W
Mr. Dover

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to prevent local authorities from inserting irrelevant provisions in tender invitations or contracts.

Mrs. Rumbold

An authority which abuses the contractual process in this way risks successful challenge in the courts. Consideration will be given to strengthening the existing law if it can be demonstrated that fresh legislation would indeed have that effect.