HC Deb 08 July 1994 vol 246 c327W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what occasions in the last 10 years he or a Minister in his Department has given a direction to civil servants to award a contract against the advice of the civil service; what was the subject matter of the contract and its value; and when it was awarded.

Mr. Boswell

The Secretary of State has not in the last 10 years directed the Department's accounting officer to award any contract against official advice.