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Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contractors based in (a) EU member states and (b) other states provided services to his Department and each executive agency since 31 August 2005; and what the (i) nature and (ii) cost of this work was in each case. (103506)

The Department expects to award all contracts in line with the objective of achieving value for money and in line with EU Treaty obligations on transparency and free movement of goods and services. The Treaty, and the public procurement rules, prohibit discrimination on the grounds of nationality. Accordingly the Department does not hold a central database of non-UK suppliers. Requests for information on individual contractors can be answered on a case-by-case basis.