§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 18 January 1999,Official Report, columns 359–60, concerning the tendering process for the award of a contract by Action 2000 (1) which of the companies invited to tender have previously done work for Action 2000; 
(2) what the closing date was for the receipt of tenders; and on what date a decision was made as to which tender was successful; 
(3) on what date the three companies were invited to tender; and in what way the tender opportunity was advertised; 
(4) on what date and where the three companies presented their proposals to Action 2000 and an independent representative from Business Link; 
(5) how many companies were visited prior to the issue of invitations to tender; and what criteria were used in deciding which companies should be invited to tender.