HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 c167W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to ensure that a company which both assembles in the United Kingdom and sources most of its components from the United Kingdom is given favourable consideration as the supplier of new rolling stock for London Underground's Northern Line.

Mr. Eggar

A "buy British regardless" policy would not serve the tong-term competitiveness of firms in the United Kingdom and would be contrary to Community purchasing rules. I am pleased to note, however, that there is a strong United Kingdom presence amongst the bidders.