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Contracts (Variation)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the high cost involved to the public in varying a housing contract once a contract has been placed, he will consider issuing an instruction to local authorities that contracts once placed cannot be varied without his consent.

I am not clear what the hon. and gallant Member has in mind, but if he will give me particulars of the type of case where difficulty has arisen, I should be glad to consider the matter again.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that every variation in a contract once placed, whether it is an addition or an omission, adds a very high cost to the contract, out of all proportion to the work produced?

I am afraid I do not really understand what the hon. Member has in mind, because these contracts are not in fact varied. If he will let me have particulars, I will inquire into the matter.