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09Aug91 UK: HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS TO LOSE WORK ON INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY COMPETITIVE TENDERING.

Council highway departments will lose all their guaranteed work because Roads Minister Christopher Chope wants to open it to compulsory competitive tendering.At present, 40 per cent of works valued below £25,000 need not put out to tender.Most councils have used this to give their direct labour organisations a guaranteed work-base.Until 1987, 70 per cent of works worth less than £50,000 were exempted. This has been reduced in stages since then.Mr Chope said this has produced ...

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