§ Mr. Fisher
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 11 December 1990]: Scottish Office purchasing information systems do not differentiate between acquiring and commissioning goods and services. Information on the Scottish Office total purchasing expenditure, from 1986–87, is, however, reproduced in the annual report of the Treasury's central unit on purchasing, copies of which are available in the Library.