HC Deb 19 January 1965 vol 705 cc15-6W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Postmaster-General if he will set out a statistical table showing the value of orders from his Department placed with firms in development areas in Scotland, North-East England, and Northern Ireland, respectively, which have not in the first instance been successful in competitive tender; and what proportion of total orders such value represents.

Mr. Benn

In 1963–64 the figures were:

Scotland £143,000
North-East England £110,000
Northern Ireland £61,000
The total of £314,000 represented 0.5 per cent. of the value of all orders placed during the year by competitive tender and 6.5 per cent. of such orders placed with firms in Scotland, North-East England and Northern Ireland.