§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for the Environment of 4 April,Official Report, column 1052, what view his Department has put to the working groups as to the desirability of a single exclusive register for public sector work. 406W
§ Mr. Nelson
HM Treasury has expressed no view to the working groups on the desirability of a single register for public sector construction work. It is awaiting the outcome of the study by Capita Management Consultancy Ltd. before reaching conclusions. It has, however, indicated to the working groups that it doubts whether excluding certain companies from bidding for public sector work merely because they were not on a register could be justified on value-for-money grounds.