§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to change the procedures used for Government purchasing.
§ Mr. Brooke
Government Departments are continually updating their practices in pursuit of a more commercial approach. In their search for greater value for money, Departments are helped and advised by the Central Unit on Purchasing, set up in August 1985 following a report by the Cabinet Office (MPO), "Government Purchasing". Information about the unit's work so far was given in the answer by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the hon. Member for Langbaurgh (Mr. Holt) on 19 November at column229.