HC Deb 15 July 1969 vol 787 c62W
Mr. Marples

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the general policy of keeping contract awards secret was last reviewed; and on what criteria it was decided that it should be continued.

Mr. Diamond

This policy is kept under review. Tenders for equipment and stores are normally submitted in confidence, and details of awards are there-force not customarily published. On request, unusuccessful bidders are told in general terms why they received no award.