HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 cc5-6W
44. Mr. Sutcliffe

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence he has of the benefit to development areas of the Government Preferential Contract Scheme; and if he will take steps to ensure that firms can obtain full advantage from this scheme.

Sir J. Eden

It is not possible to estimate how far the Contracts Preference Scheme has led to development area firms securing contracts which they would not otherwise have obtained. The Department takes steps to bring the scheme to the notice of development area firms.