HC Deb 07 May 1968 vol 764 cc53-4W
Mr. A. Royle

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sources of statistical information are available to the Govern- ment to establish the level of public expenditure proposed in the 1968–69 fiscal year on imports as a result of spending by Departments on imported semifinished and finished manufactured goods.

Mr. Harold Lever

Statistics of expenditure on Government purchases from abroad are not available in advance since the placing of orders depends on a variety of factors including the domestic and international requirements of tendering procedures.