HC Deb 13 June 1995 vol 261 cc429-30W
Mrs. Jane Kennedy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sanctions can be applied against a contractor for failing to comply fully with the specifications of a contract awarded to it by an NHS trust hospital following the market testing process. [28383]

Mr. Sackville

This depends on the terms of the contract, and on the nature of the failure to meet specified requirements. Minor or occasional failures would normally be resolved in discussion. In more serious and continuing cases sanctions might include premature termination of contract, withholding of payments pending satisfactory meeting of work requirements, or legal action for breach of contract.