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NI bid rules tightened

FIRMS bidding for public sector work in Northern Ireland will have to declare they have paid the aggregates levy on all materials used from next week.

Finance minister Ian Pearson confirmed all contracts let by the Water Service, Health Estates Agency, Housing Executive and Construction Service containing substantial aggregates will contain a declaration and undertaking that the aggregates levy has been paid on all materials.

The move follows a lobbying campaign on the issue by the Quarry Products Association in Northern Ireland.