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Volume 130: debated on Monday 21 March 1988

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To ask the Prime Minister on what assessment of Biwater's previous record in the supply of waterworks to Nigeria she gave Biwater her personal backing in the negotiations for a contract to supply Malaysia with similar equipment.

One of the main purposes of my visits abroad is to support the efforts of reputable British companies to secure contracts. The Biwater contract was therefore raised in discussion with Ministers on my visit to Malaysia in 1985.