Local Authorities (Combined Purchasing) Act, 1939

Purchases by local authorities from official contractors.

10.—(1) Any local authority requiring for the performance of their duties a supply of any commodity, for which an official contractor has been appointed in respect of such local authority, may send in the prescribed form and manner to an official contractor for that commodity in respect of such local authority an order for the quantity of such commodity so required by them, and thereupon such local authority and such official contractor shall be deemed to have entered into an enforceable contract to take and supply respectively the quantity so notified of such commodity at the standard price and of the quality which such official contractor stated in his application for appointment that he was willing to supply and in accordance with the prescribed conditions of supply for such commodity.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of any enactment requiring a local authority to issue advertisements take tenders, enter into contracts, or carry out any other preliminary procedure before obtaining a supply of any commodity, a local authority may obtain, under and in accordance with the foregoing sub-section of this section, a supply of such commodity from an official contractor for such commodity in respect of such local authority without issuing such advertisements, taking such tenders, entering into such contracts (other than such contract as is mentioned in the foregoing sub-section of this section), or carrying out such preliminary procedure.

(3) Section 10 of the Finance Act, 1901, (as amended or extended by subsequent enactments) and every other enactment now in force or hereafter enacted whereby contracts are or may be varied in consequence of legislation which comes into force after the making thereof shall apply to every contract which is deemed by this section to have been entered into by a local authority and an official contractor as if such contract had been entered into on the date on which such official contractor applied or last applied to be appointed official contractor to such local authority in respect of the commodity to which such contract relates.