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Accountancy Firms

Volume 171: debated on Friday 4 May 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister whether she has sought to curb the award of Government contracts to accountancy firms criticised by the Department of Trade and Industry inspectors.

Not as a general act of policy and it would be wrong to do so. However, Government Departments are aware of the need before awarding such contracts to take into account all relevant considerations and to make such inquiries as are necessary to establish the professional competence of the firm concerned.