§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the policy expressed in Command Paper No. 3291 of 1967, Public Purchasing and Industrial Efficiency, remains that of the present Government.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
The Government's first priority with respect to public purchasing has been efficiency within the procurement Departments. In this regard the hon. Member will be aware of the White Paper Cmnd. 4641, Government Organisation for Defence Procurement and Civil Aerospace. This paper contains the report prepared by the team working under Mr. Derek Rayner, a member of the Business Team. The further development of the Government's 159W policies for procurement will depend, in some measure, on the experience gained of the new arrangements.