§ 9. Mr. Martin Stevens
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts with Mercury have been entered into by Her Majesty's Government or by publicly-owned bodies.
§ Mr. Moore
Mercury's service has only just become available, on a limited geographical basis. As yet, therefore, no contracts with Mercury have been entered into by Government Departments. Where Mercury can offer the particular services required it will be given the opportunity to tender in the normal way.
§ Mr. Stevens
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he satisfied that the Central Computer Telecommunications Agency is operating in a sufficiently entrepreneurial form? Will he direct it to seek competitive tenders at all times and improve its performance in what appears to be a somewhat bureaucratic form of ordering?