§ Mr. MacShane
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to ensure that its contractors and suppliers(a) pay their employees a wage which ensures such employees do not need supplementary welfare payments via various state benefits and (b) meet workplace health and safety regulations; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Horam
The Department considers prospective suppliers' personnel policies and practice as part of evaluating competing bids. But terms and conditions of employment, including wages, are a matter between the contractor or supplier and his employees, subject of course to any relevant legal requirements. Compliance with health and safety regulations is a legal requirement for the contractor or supplier.