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Property Services Agency

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the expected magnitude of the liquidated damages that the Property Services Agency will recover from the main contractor at the RAF St. Mawgan site in relation to the building of nine hardened aircraft shelters.

[holding answer 28 June 1990]: The extent of liquidated damages, if any, cannot be assessed until the contract is complete.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which company is supplying the main door drive units at RAF St. Mawgan; and whether extensive prototype tests have been carried out to the satisfaction of the Property Services Agency.

[holding answer 28 June 1990]: The units were supplied by NEUERO Industrieanlage Technik of Melle, West Germany. Prototype tests were carried out several years ago before NEUERO units were used for similar projects at other RAF stations, where the units are operating satisfactorily.

ConsultancySubjectOutcome
1980–81
Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented
1981–82
Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented
1982–83
Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented
1983–84
Beecom (NI) Ltd.Monitoring the implementation of productivity/bonus schemesSystems implemented

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will place in the Library a copy of the site welding diary at RAF St. Mawgan recognised by the Property Services Agency in its contract specification.

[holding answer 28 June 1990]: There is no specific requirement for a "site welding diary" in the specification. The clerk of works' diaries recording the labour on site and areas of work in hand on each day are commercial in confidence.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many representations he has received complaining about the quality of Property Services Agency overseeing of the steel-work element used in Government-funded contracts;(2) if he will place in the Library the detailed criteria used by the Property Services Agency when choosing specialist sub-contractors.

[holding answer 28 June 1990]: It is the responsibility of a main contractor to deliver a project in accordance with the contract specification, including dealing with any problems relating to products incorporated in the design. No project in which Cimolai has been involved has included defective products when handed over to the PSA. Representations have been received about problems arising between Cimolai and its sub-contractors, but these have not related to the quality of PSA oversight. In considering the choice of sub-contractors (whether selected by the main contractor or nominated by the PSA) PSA has regard to a firm's expertise and experience in the field of work concerned and previous performance, and to its resources and financial stability.