HC Deb 28 January 1988 vol 126 cc333-4W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what guidance is given to small firms on the opportunities to do business with the Government; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Cope

This Department has made considerable efforts to open up Government contracts to small firms. We publish a summary booklet, "Tendering for Government Contracts", which gives broad guidance on what the various Government Departments seek to buy and the names and addresses of the relevant contacts. This information is also on Prestel. Departments, including the Ministry of Defence and our Department, also publish booklets providing more specific information on the purchasing opportunities within their Departments. Fuller information can be obtained through the small firms service by telephoning Freefone Enterprise.