§ Mr. Devlin
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about his Department's decision not to participate in the Government supply index.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office considered joining the Government supply index in 1989. It was decided, at that time, that membership would not be cost effective.
This Department will look again at this question as the range of products and services covered by the index expands.