I don't usually disagree with Davetheclerk but in this instance it doesn't automatically follow that work for £645 requires three quotes. Our financial regulations state that for less than £1,000 the clerk should attempt to get competitive quotes but sometimes it follows that people don't quote. Provided there's been an attempt, that's sufficient. Got to say, however, that the wording of the agenda item doesn't suggest that, does it? The use of the word ratification is the key in my opinion. It implies someone (and believe me, it's not always the clerk!) has made a unilateral decision. If made under delegated powers (which might apply, if there's a scheme of delegation in place), I'd expect to see a report to explain what decisions have been made under those powers but ratification implies no delegation.