§ Mr. John Spellar
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 18 April to the hon. Member for Gordon, (Mr. Bruce)Official Report, column 37, which part of the contract comprised the £3 million that was let to overseas contractors. 
§ Sir George Young
Some £3.5 million worth of work, excluding VAT, was let to two overseas contractors as part of the construction cost of the new Inland Revenue centre in Nottingham. Grill and Grossman of Austria undertook cladding and glazing work on the centre's amenity building. Koit High Tex of Germany provided the fabric roof and support steel for this building.
The previous figure of £3 million did not include the cost of an outstanding claim by one of the firms, which has now been settled. The £3.5 million is the final outturn figure in respect of these two firms.