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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 Social Services 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. Records are not kept of the number of contracts awarded by the Department specifically to small businesses, but sample surveys suggest the proportion is normally well over 50 per cent. I expect the level in 1979–80 and 1980–81 to remain about the same.