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Small Businesses (Purchasing Contracts)

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal 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. I regret that information on the proportion of purchasing contracts issued to small businesses is not readily available and could not be provided without disproportionate cost.