From warmwell August 21 2002
Aug 21 ~ Cover story on S2 The Scotsman: Death, Disease and Profit - how one firm cleaned up
Snowie's political links are causing them to come under scrutiny- but their environmental record is also being questioned. In Scotland some MSPs are already calling for a public enquiry into the firm.
The Scotsman article says, ".... David Cheers, a spokesman for Armstrongs, told The Scotsman recently: "If we had been contacted we could have done the work without any problems, but we didn't get a look-in. We are one of the big four companies in the region who all could have done the work. When the department for rural affairs says that in the early days of the outbreak everything had to be done in a rush and that is why Snowie was chosen, it is ridiculous. If it had wanted to contact the other companies it could have faxed job lists over and it could have been done in an afternoon."
Not surprisingly MPs have already drawn parallels between the row and the controversy surrounding the recent award of a £32 million contract for a smallpox vaccine to PowderJect." (see newspaper page)"....The practice of awarding haulage contracts without tendering during the foot-and-mouth epidemic was highlighted in a report from the National Audit Office (NAO), which said it led to the government paying top rates for services.
......Scottish Labour remain indignant about accusations over their relationship with Snowie Ltd" but Alex Fergusson says, "This firm effectively had a monopoly on a £38 million government contract. The deal wasn't exactly done on a level playing field according to the strict rules of tendering practice." ........