§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what steps he has taken, following his statement to the National Economic Development Organisation in July, on the purchasing policy of public sector organisations, to ensure that public sector purchasing officers place a fixed proportion of their orders with small and medium-sized firms.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The Government's public sector purchasing policy is to encourage better access for small and644W medium-sized firms to public sector orders. It is not the Government's policy to reserve a fixed proportion of orders for such firms.