Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Government Contracts Committee.

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asked the Minister for Finance the Departments represented on the Government Contracts Committee and the functions of that Committee; what types of contracts are referred to it, and what are not referred to it; and whether there are any, and, if so, what, requirements necessary before the Comptroller and Auditor-General will be satisfied with a contract by a Government Department other than one made through the Contracts Committee.

The Government Contracts Committee which consists of representatives of the Departments of Finance, Industry and Commerce, Defence, Posts and Telegraphs and Local Government and of the Office of Public Works and the Stationery Office, supervises the placing of contracts for supplies and works exceeding £3,000 in value subject to the following exceptions:—

(1) contracts for the supply of warlike stores;

(2) sub-contracts where the amounts of the main contracts approved by the Committee include provision for the sub-contracts.

Contracts between £300 and £3,000 in value require the covering approval of the Committee.

The Comptroller and Auditor-General prescribes no special requirements for the exceptions specified above.