AN INDEPENDENT inquiry has called for a shake-up in the way major parliamentary contracts are handled.
The probe was launched after a row overthe procurement of Portcullis House in Westminster.
Last year a High Court judge said the House of Commons should compensate US firm Harmon Facades after it lost out on a £32 million deal at the new office building for MPs.
Although Harmon's bid was £2 million higher, the cladding contract was awarded instead to Anglo-German company Seele Avis as part of a 'buy British' policy that breached both UK and European laws. Harmon is hoping to win up to £12 million in compensation.
The inquiry, conducted by project management specialist Peter Bosworth and chaired by retired civil servant Sir Thomas Legg QC, found that 'serious mistakes' had been made in the awarding of the contract.
It called on the parliamentary works directorate to make sure that the roles and responsibilities of key members of the project team were more clearly defined in future schemes.
It also called for a project management process to be set up to include guidelines and control systems and has recommended 'lines of governance within a culture of professional and technical support'.
The details emerged in a parliamentary written reply from Liberal Democrat MP Archy Kirkwood, representing the House of Commons commission that oversees administration.