§ Mr. Fisher
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will publish tables showing the amount spent on(a) acquiring and (b) commissioning goods and services by his Department in each of the last five years.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
[holding answer 11 December 1990]: Departmental purchasing information systems do not differentiate between acquiring and commissioning goods and services. However, information on departmental purchasing expenditure from 1986–87 is set out in the annual reports of the central unit on purchasing, copies of which are available in the Library.