§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many notices of public works contracts advertised in the EEC Official Journal in accordance with EEC directives have been published by district councils or area boards; and how many have been accepted by contractors in the Republic of Ireland.
§ Mr. Concannon
Twelve public works contracts have been advertised by education and library boards in the EEC Official Journals since the appropriate directives became binding on the United Kingdom on 1st July 1973. These directives relate to contracts of estimated value of more than £415,000; as health and social services boards deal only with such contracts up to a value of £110,000 they are not affected by the directives. None of the 12 contracts was awarded to a contractor in the Republic of Ireland.
So far as district councils are concerned, these matters are the responsibility of individual councils.