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Textiles (Departmental Purchases)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the total value of textile goods purchased by his Department during the past 12 months.

I have no separate figures for purchases of textile goods. The general practice is to obtain supplies of textile goods from other Departments and public bodies.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what percentage of textile goods, over the last 12 months, has been purchased from British manufacturers by his Department.

Purchases are not made direct from manufacturers, and no figures are available of the proportion which is of British manufacture, but I understand that the greater part is of British origin.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will instruct his Department to purchase all future textile requirements from British manufacturers.

Purchases are not made direct from manufacturers but from other Departments and public bodies. I see no reason to expect any change in the present arrangements for meeting the Department's needs.