§ Mr. Steen
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will provide a breakdown of the cost of each of the five editions of "The single market: A Guide to Public Purchasing"; how many copies were produced for each edition; and what guidance on public purchasing has been produced by every other EC member state in accordance with community guidelines.
§ Mr. Needham
[holding answer 7 December 1992]: The costs of the five editions of DTI's 'The Single Market: Guide to Public Purchasing' are as follows:
£ Copies 1st edition, September 1989 20,850 25,000 2nd edition, June 1990 25,520 23,000 3rd edition, February 1991 13,740 15,000 4th edition, September 1991 18,446 20,000 5th edition, March 1992 17,970 26,000
There are no Community guidelines regarding the guidance on public purchasing to be produced by other member states. We are aware of written guidance published by France, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. Information from every member state could not be obtained in the time available and would be available only at disproportionate cost.