Secretary for Works Lee Shing-see yesterday pledged to consider disqualifying unreasonable bids for government contracts after a firm won a $300,000 public works project with a $1 bid. Binnie Black and Veatch Hong Kong last month beat seven competitors for a Territory Development Department preliminary study of the development potential of a site in Tung Chung with a bid of just $1. The case sparked fears over the abuse of the 'lower bid' system and there were concerns whether the bid was an attempt by the company to land the main contract to develop the site. Mr Lee was confident the firm would be able to get the project done well but admitted that a review over tender pricing was required. 'On the tender price, I agree we may have to think about it, to see whether bidders will be disqualified if the tenders offered are unreasonable,' he said when questioned by non-affiliated Lau Ping-cheung, who represents the architecture, surveying and planning sector. Democrat Albert Chan Wai-yip said firms wanting to lose money should not be discriminated against. 'I don't know why the Government has to conduct a review on this when someone is willing to offer the lowest bid.' Unionist Lee Cheuk-yan, of The Frontier, feared the firm might offset the cost through other channels. 'In what way can they make a profit?' he said. 'Will they get their profit back by claiming from the Government additional consultancy fees once the administration changes their work requirements?' Consultants are currently entitled to claim additional fees when the Government alters the requirements. In the past three years, the Government has awarded 200 consultancy contracts for infrastructure projects and 71 for superstructure projects. Of the 200 infrastructure contracts, 102 were awarded to the lowest bidder. Of those, 24 involved additional payments averaging about 27 per cent of the original consultancy quote after work requirements changed.