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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 the Home Department 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.

No special arrangements exist for this purpose in my Department. On past trends small firms could expect to supply not less than 25 per cent., by value, of the Department's purchasing needs in 1979–80 and in 1980–81.