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Government Purchases

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the measures he is taking to ensure that purchases by Government are of British manufacture.

Government purchasing is based on value for money. The role of my Department is to ensure that competition for Government purchases from overseas is fair. The Treasury's central unit on purchasing advises Government purchasers on the best purchasing practices to ensure that the advantages of competition are secured.