§ Mr. Sillars
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contracts previously existed between the Common Services Agency and Glasgow firms for the repair of calipers; when these were terminated; which companies received new contracts covering the Glasgow area; and how satisfactory their work has proved.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
No contracts existed previously between the CSA and Glasgow firms. Up to 30 June 1989 health boards used contracts for the supply and repair of orthoses which had been nationally negotiated by the North West Thames regional health authority on behalf of the national health service. Among the suppliers was the company, Camp Cross Rhind based in Glasgow.
There are no separate contracts for the repair of calipers. New contracts for the supply and repair of orthoses were arranged by the CSA from 1 July 1989 and Camp Cross Rhind were one of three existing suppliers who were unsuccessful in tendering.
Companies covering the Glasgow area at present are:
- McLeod and Napier (Glasgow)
- M. Galloway (Glasgow)
- John Barrons (Kilsyth)
- Gilbey Orthopaedic Footwear (Glasgow)
- Buchanan Orthotics Ltd. (Glasgow)
- R. Taylor and Son (Orthopaedic) Ltd.
- Remploy Ltd.
- Spencer (Banbury) Ltd.
Generally the work of these companies has been satisfactory and in keeping with the terms of the contract.