§ Mr. Costain
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of contracts for new works exceeding £10,000 have been issued by his Department for tender since 1st January, using the metric system as the mode of measurement.
§ Mr. Amery
Tenders for 52 contracts for new works exceeding £10,000 using the metric system were issued by my Department between 1st January and 31st August, 1970. The total estimated value is about £14 million. This is 11 per cent. (approximately) by number and 17 per76W cent. (approximately) by value of all the tenders for new works exceeding £10,000 issued during the same period. Comparable figures for the Ministry of Transport are not readily available.