§ Mr. Harold Macmillan
I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to contracts placed on the basis that the contractor will be paid the actual ascertained cost plus a profit represented by a percentage of the cost. This type of contract is only resorted to in a few cases of contracts for repair work where it is not possible to estimate the extent or cost of the work in advance.
§ Mr. Macmillan
A large part of the energies of my right hon. Friend's Department is devoted to dealing with this wide question in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour, both at the centre and through the area organisation.