james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 17 19:30:32 BST 2008
the corporate builders are crooks of the largest orders This letter has gone off to Ombusman to-day.
Millbank, LONDON SW1P 4QP
Copy to Director, OFT.
Copy for action to Oliver Letwin MP.
Copy to Mr Edward Welsh, Local Government Association
Your Ref letter from Ms Jackson on appeal of maladministration by OFT in not prosecuting unlawful housebuilders
Your letter EN32546 0031 of 15th January 2008 my letter of 6th February To Mr King.
You will have heard, BBC radio Four news 6pm, that over 100 construction firms have been found guilty of bid rigging in tenders for schools, hospitals and public works.
Over seventy it is reported have admitted this. The potential fines it is reported run to tens of £millions (it is not clear whether this amount applies to individual firms .)
This is new general evidence supporting my claim that there is widespread breaking of the 1998 Competition Law by construction firms.
I have not got full details of the named firms. If as seems possible housebuilders are among the named guilty firms , then it seems likely that the use of market power by construction firms extends to their house building departments.
The lawbreaking could extend to bidding for constructing social houses and overcharging local goverrnents.
My contention is that the evidence in Barker is that market power is exerted by amassing landbanks and excluding competition locally in order to fix house prices high and limit the quantities built..
Please consider this new evidence in the review of the findings of the parliamentary ombudsman .
Is it appropriate that local governments continue to deal with named lawbreakers?
Councils are debarred from employing teachers, doctors, and individuals who have major criminal
Local councils could be held to be negligent by continuing to place contracts with known lawbreakers.
Monopoly and exploitation of vulnerable people is not the exception but the rule with major powerful corporations.
Would Mr Letwin please bring this to the attention of the appropriate minister for local government and to the housing minister's attention?
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