HC Deb 20 July 1994 vol 247 c347W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 12 July,Official Report, columns 589–90, which company was finally awarded the contract; which company was originally recommended by officials; and what were the reasons for giving a direction.

Mr. Ancram

[holding answer 18 July 1994]: The criteria for awarding public service contracts include such aspects as value for money, price and quality. Although officials had recommended that the contract in question be awarded to a previous contractor to the Northern Ireland civil service on the basis of, among other relevant criteria, a highly satisfactory performance, the Minister directed that it be awarded to a new contractor, Mount Charles Catering Ltd., on the determining factor of lowest cost.