HC Deb 23 June 1993 vol 227 cc228-9W
25. Mr. Barry Field

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the measures he is taking to ensure that purchases by Government are of British manufacture.

Mr. Sainsbury

Government purchasing is based on value for money. The role of my Department is to ensure that competition for Government purchases from overseas is fair. The Treasury's central unit on purchasing advises Government purchasers on the best purchasing practices to ensure that the advantages of competition are secured.