§ 25. Sir H. Legge-Bourke
asked the Minister of Technology whether he will make a statement on the changes in the arrangements for procurement financed by public funds, which have been made in accordance with the terms of reference of his Department set out by the Prime Minister on 26th November, 1964.
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
Will the right hon. Gentleman seek to be a little more specific and explain what advantages have come about from the creation of his Department compared with what was prevailing before the new relationship between the D.S.I.R. and the Board of Trade, for example?
§ Mr. Benn
This is a very much broader business. I could give the hon. Member some examples on the use and insistence on British Standards, the purchase of British computers and the fact that 25 per cent. of local authority housing consists now of industrialised buildings, pre-production orders and so on, but he will agree that this is essentially a long-term job and we cannot expect dramatic proposals to come overnight.