HC Deb 24 February 1998 vol 307 c160W
Mr. Hanson

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will announce the outcome of the tender for the new export sales lead service. [31497]

Mrs. Beckett

Yes. I received 71 initial expressions of interest from which 21 organisations sought to pre-qualify. A shortlist of 6 firms were then invited to submit bids and of these 4 organisations actually did so. I am pleased to announce today that the contract to operate the new export sales lead service has been awarded to the Dialog Corporation plc. I expect to make a further announcement shortly giving details about how the new service will operate.

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