HC Deb 27 May 1963 vol 678 cc908-9
32. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Health if he will in the future publish the contract prices for successful tenders to his Department.

Mr. Powell

No, Sir.

Mr. Lubbock

Does not the Minister think that if he were to publish the contract prices for certain articles in general use throughout all hospitals, it would encourage potential suppliers to submit mare competitive tenders in future years, and thereby bring down his costs?

Mr. Powell

No, Sir. I think that the publication of the successful contract prices would have precisely the opposite effect.