§ Q14. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Prime Minister what instructions he has given to Ministers about the need to establish equality of information with contractors when undertaking public purchasing; and if he will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister
All Departments seek adequate information from the contractor for the fixing of a contract price which is reasonable and fair to both sides. Negotiations with industry on means of ensuring that both parties have equal access to such information are at an advanced stage and the Government hopes to bring them to an early conclusion.