HC Deb 15 July 1994 vol 246 c834W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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. Lang

[holding answer 8 July 1994]: Inquiries throughout my Departments have not identified any such occasion.