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The Scottish Office is investigating an allegation that Glasgow council favoured its in-house window fabricator City Windows when awarding tenders.The complaint is thought to be the first concerning a council tender under the European Services Directive, which came into force in July.It is understood to come from an aggrieved window manufacturer which claims Glasgow council failed to advertise a tender as required in the European Community's Official Journal.But the most common complaint voiced by rival manufacturers is that Glasgow council writes specifications in a way which effectively leaves City Windows as the only eligible bidder.A spokesman for Glasgow council denied this.He said: 'We are in correspondence with the secretary of state because we are aware there has been a complaint.'We require a certain specification of windows because we require a certain quality, but we will accept them from anyone who can supply them.'We use these designs because they are the most appropriate for our stock.'City Windows supplies replacement frames for the council's 160,000 homes and its public buildings.British councils make about £10 million worth of windows a year, but these in-house window makers are restricted to working only for public sector clients. CONSTRUCTION NEWS