§ 27. Mr. Normanton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what criteria Government purchasing Departments allocate purchases as between supplies from United Kingdom sources and those from overseas.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
It is the policy of the Government that Department's primary aim is to secure the best value for money.
§ Mr. Normanton
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, but may I draw his attention to the answer given to Question No. 40 on Wednesday, 3rd March, and ask him to recommend to the Lord President of the Council that he should order the purchase of curtains and furnishing fabrics for the Palace of Westminster which are spun, woven and finished in Lancashire?
§ Mr. Jenkin
Those are lofty sentiments, and I am sure that my right hon. Friend has noted what my hon. Friend says.