§ Mr. Simeons
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the value of sums held under the liability defects clause inserted into building contracts in respect of hospitals.
§ Mr. Alison
The information is not readily available. The Department has recommended Hospital Boards to retain a proportion of the contract sum to cover the defects liability period on the following scale:
- For contracts up to £100,000–5 per cent.
- For contracts between £100,000 and £1 million—3 per cent.
- For contracts exceeding £1 million—2½ per cent.