§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the rules under which urban development corporations carry out the process of tendering or seek contracts for the disposal of land or property or the provision of services; and how those rules differ from those applying to(a) local authorities and (b) central Government.
§ Mr. David Hunt
[holding answer 12 December 1989]: Like local authorities and Government Departments urban development corporations are required to secure best price when disposing of assets, and value for money when letting contracts. They are advised that these objectives are normally best achieved by competitive tendering.
Urban development corporations are also subject to the competition provisions of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 in respect of construction and maintenance work and of the Local Government Act 1988 in respect of certain defind services. Part II of the 1988 Act, concerning public supply and works contracts, also applies to urban development corporations.