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LOCAL AUTHORITIES DIRECTED TO RETENDER CONTRACTS

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Statutory action will continue to be taken against all local authorities who do not follow the rules for fair compe...
Statutory action will continue to be taken against all local authorities who do not follow the rules for fair competition in Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT), Environment Minister Tony Baldry said today.

The Environment Secretary has, therefore, issued directions to Warrington BC and Bradford Metropolitan City Council on the grounds that they have acted anti-competitively in awarding contracts to their Direct Service Organisations. As a consequence both authorities will be required to retender the work in question.

In reply to a Parliamentary Question from Mr Keith Mans (Wyre), Mr Baldry said: 'My right hon. Friend has considered carefully the responses which Warrington Borough Council and Bradford Metropolitan City Council have made to the notices served on them on 10 June and 10 September respectively, and has today given directions to both authorities. The directions, given to Warrington Borough Council under section 14 of the Local Government Act 1988 and to Bradford Metropolitan City Council under section 19B of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980, require the authorities to retender the work which has been been the subject of the notices and to seek my right hon. Friends consent should they wish to reassign this work to their DSOs.'

Commenting on the decisions Mr Baldry said: 'The Department of the Environment is determined to ensure a fair competition for all work covered by CCT, and that local taxpayers continue to get value-for- money for quality services.'
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