§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry in what ways he furthers the Government's policy towards smaller firms through the procurement policy of his Department.
§ Mr. MacGregor
In its purchasing the Department seeks both to secure value for money and to enhance the competitiveness of its suppliers. To help small firms compete effectively for Government contracts the Department has issued a booklet, "Tendering for Government Contracts, Advice for Small Firms", in the small firms series on 19 January 1981. This booklet includes a list of contact points for small businesses in the major purchasing departments. It is available through the Department's small firms service.