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COURT CLEARANCE FOR CONSORTIUM

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The clearance given by the High Court for a council-based purchasing consortium to trade outside its boundaries has...
The clearance given by the High Court for a council-based purchasing consortium to trade outside its boundaries has been welcomed by authorities.

The High Court ruled last month that the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, which trades with schools across the country, was acting lawfully (LGC, 20 December).

Its trading activity was challenged by the British Educational Suppliers Association which complained that the organisation was subjecting its 220 members to unfair competition because it was able to negotiate large discounts on a range of goods.

'At first glance it reinforces the case we have made that local authorities can trade outside their boundaries,' said Andrew Purssell, principal administrator with the Association of District Councils.

The director of the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation said he was 'delighted' with the decision.

But speaking shortly after the judgment was given director of the BESA Dominic Savage said he would be taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

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