§ Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received concerning his Department's policy with regard to placing contracts for removals at its establishments; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
Since the introduction of the service contract scheme for furniture removal there have been a number of representations from companies which have either not been invited to tender for the work or who have felt that the scheme is aimed at the larger companies. It is not possible to invite every furniture removal company to tender because of the very large number involved but I am satisfied that those included gave a reasonable spread of firm by size and geographical location.224W
Any company can apply to tender provided they meet the financial and operational criteria for entry to the approved list. Contracts have been awarded to large and small companies on the basis of their ability to carry out the work and have not been restricted to members of the British Association of Removers.