HC Deb 13 December 1988 vol 143 c498W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that all new contracts include penalty clauses to enable his Department to seek redress for a contractor's failure to perform; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sainsbury

All relevant factors are considered case by case in seeking to secure the best value for money in negotiating contract terms. The Ministry's policy is to negotiate taut terms and conditions which define the requirement in terms of specification and delivery, and which enable redress to be sought where appropriate.