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All actions taken by the Environment Secretary against local authorities not following the rules for fair competiti...
All actions taken by the Environment Secretary against local authorities not following the rules for fair competition in Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) are to be published in a new bulletin, said Environment Minister Tony Baldry today.

In reply to a Parliamentary Question from Charles Hendry MP (High Peak) Mr Baldry said that a table (which will be available in Hansard) lists the number of such cases from January 1989 to the end of September 1993. It gives full details of the cases in the period July to September 1993, summary figures for the year to date, and the cumulative total from 1989.

'I am publishing this information today and propose to issue regular up-date reports. The table shows that in the period January to September 1993, the Secretary of State served 17 Notices and 9 Directions relating to anti-competitive conduct by authorities in their compulsory competitive tendering of council services; and 80 Notices and 9 Directions relating to the financial failure by local authorities' direct service organisations to achieve the required financial objectives.'

Commenting today, Mr Baldry said: 'I cannot see why any council should not themselves actively seek to test their services against competition. The benefits for them and their staff are already there to see. However I will not hesitate to use my direction powers where authorities have behaved anti-competitively at any stage of the tender process.'
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