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Contracts Compliance In Relation To Public Supply Or Works Contracts (No 2)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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  • `(1) It is the duty of every public authority to which this section applies, in exercising in relation to its public supply or works contracts, any proposed or any subsisting such contract, as the case may be, any function regulated by section 17 to exercise that function with reference to the enforcement of the law by any appropriate agency and the promotion of equality of opportunity in employment.
  • (2) The public authorities to which this section applies are those specified in Schedule 2 to this Act.
  • (3) The contracts whic are public supply or work contracts for the purposes of this section are contracts for the supply of goods or materials, for the supply of services or for the execution of works.
  • (4) A local authority may in pursuance of the functions regulated by this section, have regard to any of the following:—
  • (a) the terms and conditions of employment by contractors of their workers, the arrangements for the training of their workforces, or the employment (in the case of an inner city area or region of high unemployment) of a reasonable percentage of their workforce from among the local unemployed which shall be determined by the authority;
  • (b) the actual or potential membership of contractors of industrial, trade or professional associations, technical guarantee schemes or any other associations or schemes pertaining to their competence to perform the contract;
  • (c) in cooperation with the relevant local employment office, the employment by contractors of disabled people in accordance with the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944.
  • (5) In this section, any term defined in section 17 (8) below shall having the meaning thereby ascribed to it.
  • (6) In this section, 'inner city area' and 'region of high unemployment' shall have the meanings set out by the Secretary of State in regulations.
  • (7) The provisions of sections 17 to 21 shall have effect subject to the provisions of this section.
  • (8) This section shall have effect from the date of Royal Assent.'.—[Dr. Cunningham.]
  • Brought up, and read the First time.

    Motion made, and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

    The House divided: Ayes 221, Noes 301.

    Division No. 114]

    [6.11 pm


    Abbott, Ms DianeEastham, Ken
    Adams, Allen (Paisley N)Evans, John (St Helens N)
    Allen, GrahamEwing, Harry (Falkirk E)
    Alton, DavidEwing, Mrs Margaret (Moray)
    Anderson, DonaldFatchett, Derek
    Archer, Rt Hon PeterFearn, Ronald
    Armstrong, Ms HilaryField, Frank (Birkenhead)
    Ashdown, PaddyFields, Terry (L'pool B G'n)
    Ashton, JoeFlannery, Martin
    Banks, Tony (Newham NW)Flynn, Paul
    Barnes, Harry (Derbyshire NE)Foot, Rt Hon Michael
    Barron, KevinFoster, Derek
    Battle, JohnFoulkes, George
    Beckett, MargaretFraser, John
    Benn, Rt Hon TonyFyfe, Mrs Maria
    Bennett, A. F. (D'nt'n & FTdish)Galbraith, Samuel
    Bermingham, GeraldGalloway, George
    Blair, TonyGarrett, John (Norwich South)
    Boateng, PaulGarrett, Ted (Wallsend)
    Boyes, RolandGeorge, Bruce
    Bradley, KeithGilbert, Rt Hon Dr John
    Bray, Dr JeremyGodman, Dr Norman A.
    Brown, Gordon (D'mline E)Gordon, Ms Mildred
    Brown, Nicholas (Newcastle E)Gould, Bryan
    Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon)Grant, Bernie (Tottenham)
    Buchan, NormanGriffiths, Nigel (Edinburgh S)
    Buckley, GeorgeGriffiths, Win (Bridgend)
    Caborn, RichardGrocott, Bruce
    Callaghan, JimHardy, Peter
    Campbell, Ron (Blyth Valley)Harman, Ms Harriet
    Campbell-Savours, D. N.Hattersley, Rt Hon Roy
    Carlile, Alex (Mont'g)Haynes, Frank
    Clark, Dr David (S Shields)Healey, Rt Hon Denis
    Clarke, Tom (Monklands W)Heffer, Eric S.
    Clay, BobHenderson, Douglas
    Clelland, DavidHinchliffe, David
    Clwyd, Mrs AnnHogg, N. (C'nauld & Kilsyth)
    Cohen, HarryHome Robertson, John
    Coleman, DonaldHood, James
    Cook, Robin (Livingston)Howarth, George (Knowsley N)
    Corbett, RobinHowell, Rt Hon D. (S'heath)
    Corbyn, JeremyHowells, Geraint
    Cousins, JimHoyle, Doug
    Cox, TomHughes, Robert (Aberdeen N)
    Cryer, BobHughes, Roy (Newport E)
    Cummings, J.Hughes, Sean (Knowsley S)
    Cunliffe, LawrenceHughes, Simon (Southwark)
    Cunningham, Dr JohnIllsley, Eric
    Dalyell, TarnIngram, Adam
    Darling, AlastairJanner, Greville
    Davies, Ron (Caerphilly)John, Brynmor
    Davis, Terry (B'ham Hodge H'I)Jones, Barry (Alyn & Deeside)
    Dewar, DonaldJones, leuan (Ynys Môn)
    Dixon, DonJones, Martyn (Clwyd S W)
    Dobson, FrankKennedy, Charles
    Doran, FrankKinnock, Rt Hon Neil
    Dunnachie, JamesKirkwood, Archy
    Dunwoody, Hon Mrs GwynethLambie, David
    Eadie, AlexanderLamond, James

    Leighton, RonRees, Rt Hon Merlyn
    Lestor, Miss Joan (Eccles)Reid, John
    Lewis, TerryRichardson, Ms Jo
    Litherland, RobertRoberts, Allan (Bootle)
    Livingstone, KenRobinson, Geoffrey
    Livsey, RichardRogers, Allan
    Lloyd, Tony (Stretford)Rooker, Jeff
    Lofthouse, GeoffreyRoss, Ernie (Dundee W)
    Loyden, EddieRowlands, Ted
    McAllion, JohnRuddock, Ms Joan
    McCartney, IanSedgemore, Brian
    Macdonald, CalumSheerman, Barry
    McFall, JohnSheldon, Rt Hon Robert
    McKay, Allen (Penistone)Shore, Rt Hon Peter
    McKelvey, WilliamShort, Clare
    McLeish, HenrySkinner, Dennis
    McTaggart, BobSmith, Andrew (Oxford E)
    Madden, MaxSmith, C. (Isl'ton & F'bury)
    Mahon, Mrs AliceSmith, Rt Hon J. (Monk'ds E)
    Marek, Dr JohnSnape, Peter
    Marshall, David (Shettleston)Soley, Clive
    Marshall, Jim (Leicester S)Spearing, Nigel
    Martin, Michael (Springburn)Steel, Rt Hon David
    Martlew, EricSteinberg, Gerald
    Maxton, JohnStott, Roger
    Meacher, MichaelStrang, Gavin
    Meale, AlanStraw, Jack
    Michael, AlunTaylor, Mrs Ann (Dewsbury)
    Michie, Bill (Sheffield Heeley)Taylor, Matthew (Truro)
    Michie, Mrs Ray (Arg'l & Bute)Thomas, Dafydd Elis
    Millan, Rt Hon BruceThompson, Jack (Wansbeck)
    Moonie, Dr LewisTurner, Dennis
    Morgan, RhodriVaz, Keith
    Morley, ElliottWall, Pat
    Morris, Rt Hon A (W'shawe)Wallace, James
    Mowlam, Mrs MarjorieWalley, Ms Joan
    Mullin, ChrisWarden, Gareth (Gower)
    Murphy, PaulWareing, Robert N.
    Nellist, DaveWelsh, Andrew (Angus E)
    Oakes, Rt Hon GordonWelsh, Michael (Doncaster N)
    O'Brien, WilliamWigley, Dafydd
    O'Neill, MartinWilliams, Rt Hon A. J.
    Orme, Rt Hon StanleyWilliams, Alan W. (Carm'then)
    Parry, RobertWilson, Brian
    Patchett, TerryWinnick, David
    Pendry, TomWise, Mrs Audrey
    Pike, PeterWorthington, Anthony
    Powell, Ray (Ogmore)Wray, James
    Prescott, JohnYoung, David (Bolton SE)
    Primarolo, Ms Dawn
    Quin, Ms JoyceTellers for the Ayes:
    Radice, GilesMrs. Llin Golding and
    Randall, StuartMr. Frank Cook.
    Redmond, Martin


    Adley, RobertBody, Sir Richard
    Alison, Rt Hon MichaelBonsor, Sir Nicholas
    Allason, RupertBoswell, Tim
    Amess, DavidBottomley, Peter
    Amos, AlanBottomley, Mrs Virginia
    Arbuthnot, JamesBowden, A (Brighton K'pto'n)
    Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham)Bowden, Gerald (Dulwich)
    Arnold, Tom (Hazel Grove)Bowis, John
    Ashby, DavidBoyson, Rt Hon Dr Sir Rhodes
    Aspinwall, JackBraine, Rt Hon Sir Bernard
    Atkins, RobertBrandon-Bravo, Martin
    Atkinson, DavidBrazier, Julian
    Baker, Rt Hon K. (Mole Valley)Bright, Graham
    Baker, Nicholas (Dorset N)Brooke, Hon Peter
    Baldry, TonyBrown, Michael (Brigg & Cl't's)
    Banks, Robert (Harrogate)Bruce, Ian (Dorset South)
    Batiste, SpencerBuchanan-Smith, Rt Hon Alick
    Beaumont-Dark, AnthonyBudgen, Nicholas
    Bendall, VivianBurns, Simon
    Bennett, Nicholas (Pembroke)Burt, Alistair
    Benyon,W.Butler, Chris
    Bevan, David GilroyButterfill, John
    Biffen, Rt Hon JohnCarlisle, John, (Luton N)
    Blackburn, Dr John G.Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln)

    Carrington, MatthewHoward, Michael
    Carttiss, MichaelHowarth, Alan (Strat'd-on-A)
    Cash, WilliamHowarth, G (Cannock & B'wd)
    Channon, Rt Hon PaulHowell, Rt Hon David (G'dford)
    Chapman, SydneyHughes, Robert G (Harrow W)
    Chope, ChristopherHunt, John (Ravensbourne)
    Clark, Hon Alan (Plym'th S'n)Hurd, Rt Hon Douglas
    Clark, Dr Michael (Rochford)Irvine, Michael
    Clark, Sir W (Croydon S)Irving, Charles
    Clarke, Rt Hon K (Rushcliffe)Jack, Michael
    Colvin, MichaelJackson, Robert
    Conway, DerekJanman, Timothy
    Coombs, Anthony (Wyre F'rest)Jessel, Toby
    Coombs, Simon (Swindon)Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
    Cope, JohnJones, Gwilym (Cardiff N)
    Cormack, PatrickJones, Robert B (Herts W)
    Couchman, JamesKellett-Bowman, Mrs Elaine
    Cran, JamesKey, Robert
    Critchley, JulianKilfedder, James
    Currie, Mrs EdwinaKing, Roger (B'ham N'thfield)
    Davies, Q (Stamf'd & Spald'g)Kirkhope, Timothy
    Davis, David (Boothferry)Knapman, Roger
    Day, StephenKnight, Greg (Derby North)
    Devlin, TimKnowles, Michael
    Dicks, TerryKnox, David
    Dorrell, StephenLamont, Rt Hon Norman
    Douglas-Hamilton, Lord JamesLang, Ian
    Dover, DenLatham, Michael
    Dunn, BobLawrence, Ivan
    Durant, TonyLee, John (Pendle)
    Eggar, TimLennox-Boyd, Hon Mark
    Emery, Sir PeterLester, Jim (Broxtowe)
    Evans, David (Welwyn Hatf'd)Lightbown, David
    Fallon, MichaelLilley, Peter
    Farr, Sir JohnLloyd, Sir Ian (Havant)
    Fenner, Dame PeggyLloyd, Peter (Fareham)
    Finsberg, Sir GeoffreyLord, Michael
    Fookes, Miss JanetLuce, Rt Hon Richard
    Forman, NigelMacfarlane, Neil
    Forth, EricMacKay, Andrew (E Berkshire)
    Fowler, Rt Hon NormanMaclean, David
    Fox, Sir MarcusMcLoughlin, Patrick
    Freeman, RogerMcNair-Wilson, M (Newbury)
    French, DouglasMcNair-Wilson, P (New Forest)
    Fry, PeterMajor, Rt Hon John
    Gale, RogerMalins, Humfrey
    Gardiner, GeorgeMans, Keith
    Gill, ChristopherMaples John
    Glyn, Dr AlanMarlow, Tony
    Goodhart, Sir PhilipMarshall, Michael (Arundel)
    Goodlad, AlastairMartin, David (Portsmouth S)
    Goodson-Wickes, Dr CharlesMaude, Hon Francis
    Gow, IanMaxwell-Hyslop, Robin
    Gower, Sir RaymondMellor, David
    Grant, Sir Anthony (CambsSW)Meyer, Sir Anthony
    Greenway, Harry (Ealing N)Miller, Hal
    Greenway, John (Rydale)Mills, Iain
    Gregory, ConalMitchell, Andrew (Gedhng)
    Griffiths, Peter (Portsmouth N)Monro, Sir Hector
    Grist, IanMontgomery, Sir Fergus
    Grylls, MichaelMorris, M (N'hampton S)
    Hamilton, Hon A (Epsom)Morrison, Hon C (Devizes)
    Hamilton, Neil (Tatton)Moss, Malcolm
    Hampson, Dr KeithMoynihan, Hon C
    Hannam, JohnMudd, David
    Hargreaves, A (B'ham H'll Gr')Neale, Gerrard
    Hargreaves, Ken (Hyndburn)Nelson, Anthony
    Harris, DavidNeubert, Michael
    Hawkins, ChristopherNewton, Tony
    Hayes, JerryNicholls, Patrick
    Hayward, RobertNicholson, David (Taunton)
    Heathcoat-Amory, DavidNicholson, Miss E (Devon W)
    Heddle, JohnOnslow, Cranley
    Hicks, Robert (Cornwall SE)Oppenheim, Phillip
    Higgins, Rt Hon Terence LPage, Richard
    Hill, JamesPaice, James
    Hind, KennethPatnick, Irvine
    Hogg, Hon Douglas (Gr'th'm)Patten, Chris (Bath)
    Holt, RichardPawsey, James
    Hordern, Sir PeterPeacock, Mrs Elizabeth

    Porter, Barry (Wirral S)Stradling Thomas, Sir John
    Porter, David (Waveney)Sumberg, David
    Portillo, MichaelSummerson, Hugo
    Powell, William (Corby)Tapsell, Sir Peter
    Price, Sir DavidTaylor, Ian (Esher)
    Raffan, KeithTaylor, John M (Solihull)
    Raison, Rt Hon TimothyTebbit, Rt Hon Norman
    Rathbone, TimTemple-Morris, Peter
    Redwood, JohnThompson, D. (Calder Valley)
    Renton, TimThompson, Patrick (Norwich N)
    Rhodes James, RobertThorne, Neil
    Rhys Williams, Sir BrandonThornton, Malcolm
    Riddick, GrahamThurnham, Peter
    Ridley, Rt Hon NicholasTownend, John (Bridlington)
    Ridsdale, Sir JulianTownsend, Cyril D. (B'heath)
    Rifkind, Rt Hon MalcolmTracey, Richard
    Roberts, Wyn (Conwy)Tredinnick, David
    Roe, Mrs MarionTrotter, Neville
    Rossi, Sir HughTwinn, Dr Ian
    Rost, PeterWaddington, Rt Hon David
    Rowe, AndrewWakeham, Rt Hon John
    Rumbold, Mrs AngelaWaldegrave, Hon William
    Ryder, RichardWalden, George
    Sackville, Hon TomWalker, Bill (T'side North)
    Sainsbury, Hon TimWalker, Rt Hon P. (W'cester)
    Scott, NicholasWaller, Gary
    Shaw, David (Dover)Walters, Dennis
    Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)Ward, John
    Shelton, William (Streatham)Wardle, C. (Bexhill)
    Shephard, Mrs G. (Norfolk SW)Warren, Kenneth
    Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)Watts, John
    Shepherd, Richard (Aldridge)Wells, Bowen
    Shersby, MichaelWheeler, John
    Sims, RogerWhitney, Ray
    Skeet, Sir TrevorWiddecombe, Miss Ann
    Smith, Sir Dudley (Warwick)Wiggin, Jerry
    Smith, Tim (Beaconsfield)Wilshire, David
    Soames, Hon NicholasWinterton, Mrs Ann
    Speed, KeithWolfson, Mark
    Speller, TonyWood, Timothy
    Spicer, Jim (Dorset W)Woodcock, Mike
    Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)Yeo, Tim
    Squire. RobinYoung, Sir George (Acton)
    Stanbrook, IvorYounger, Rt Hon George
    Steen, Anthony
    Stern, MichaelTellers for the Noes:
    Stevens, LewisMr. Tristan Garel-Jones and
    Stewart, Andrew (Sherwood)Mr. Robert Boscawen.
    Stewart, Ian (Hertfordshire N)

    Question accordingly negatived.