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Textbook on Administrative Law

Textbook on Administrative Law (8th edn)

Peter Leyland and Gordon Anthony
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date: 26 September 2023

p. 45819. Contracting and public bodieslocked

p. 45819. Contracting and public bodieslocked

  • Peter Leyland
  •  and Gordon Anthony


This chapter sets out the legal position in regard to the contracting powers of the Crown and other government bodies. An outline is provided of the powers of government and public authorities to enter into contracts and there is an explanation of the significance of procurement, particularly in the light of European directives which impact widely on government contracting. There is also a discussion of the law of restitution and the fettering of statutory discretion by contract.

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