South Scotland

Probe urged into R&D Construction housing contract

The Scottish Parliament is being urged to investigate a multi-million housing and repairs contract awarded to a Dumfries firm which subsequently went bust.

Building company R&D Construction won the £77m Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership contract in April 2009.

The firm went into administration in April 2011, forcing more than 200 workers into redundancy.

Dumfries Trades Union Council (TUC) will launch a petition on Monday.

It will ask the parliament to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the awarding of the contract.

The online and paper-based petition will add: "We also request the parliament to conduct a full investigation into associated allegations of cover-ups in relation to the above contract."

It is expected to be open for six weeks and it will be considered by the Scottish Parliament's public petitions committee.

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