§ Mr. Devlin
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what value for money savings have been achieved by his Department in the last year; and how much of this was as a result of advice from the Central Unit on Purchasing.
§ Mr. David Hunt
In the year 1989–90 the Welsh Office expenditure on purchasing totalled £155 million against192W which it achieved value for money savings of £14.4 million. It is not possible to attribute particular value for money savings to advice from the Central Unit on Purchasing. The role of the unit is to provide advice and guidance on best purchasing practice; it provides overall support and guidance and encourages value for money across all Departments.