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Small Businesses (Purchasing Contracts)

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what arrangements there are in his Department to ensure that small businesses receive a proportion of all purchasing contracts issued by his Department; and what proportion he expects this will be in 1979–80 and 1980–81.

There are no special arrangements of this kind. For my Department most purchases are made either by Her Majesty's Stationery Office or by the Department of the Environment—Property Services Agency. Insignificant small purchases are made from the retail trade.