HC Deb 27 November 1991 vol 199 cc514-5W
25. Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of public purchasing directives in the telecommunications sector.

Mr. Redwood

The directives on public purchasing are part of the Community's single market programme. The supplies directive requires Government Departments, local authorities and certain other public bodies to award contracts above a certain threshold in value terms—currently £132,000 for regional and local government and £88,500 for central Government—in accordance with procedures designed to secure the non-discriminatory treatment of suppliers, including those supplying telecommunications equipment.

The utilities directive will apply from 1 January 1993 similar procedures to the procurement practices of entities, including those in the private sector, operating in the telecommunications, water, energy and transport sectors.

26. Mr. Ian Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the citizens charter as it relates to telecommunications customers.

Mr. Redwood

I have received a number of representations warmly welcoming the Government's policy, as set out in the citizens charter, for enabling new standards of service to be set for the benefit of telecommunications customers.