HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c265W
29. Mr. Kenneth Carlisle

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on his role in the co-ordination of public purchasing within the Government.

Mr. Baker

The Government have made clear their wish that public procurement should be used as effectively as possible to improve industrial performance. The Department has several roles in this, as a link with industry, as a source of assistance for technological development, and as a purchaser. My right hon. Friend and I are taking close personal interest in this work.