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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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