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Tender decisions rest with local authorities

Various LG Acts give powers to help authorities function

It's up to local authorities to decide whether they should use their powers to tender for commercial contracts - that's according to Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer.

Speaking in the House of Keys this morning (28 Mar) he says authorities must determine if it's appropriate after considering the details of separate tenders.

MHK Lawrie Hooper asked the minister what legislation gives local authorities the power to tender for contracts with government, or the private sector

Mr Harmer says various Local Government Acts give general powers to authorities to do anything which helps them function and provide services.

The minister, however, stressed he could only speak in general terms: 

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