HC Deb 12 March 1984 vol 56 c17
35. Mr. Eggar

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he is now satisfied with the basis of comparing costs within the Civil Service with costs quoted by outside contractors when work is put out to tender.

The Minister of State, Treasury (Mr. Barney Hayhoe)

Yes, and the necessary guidance has been issued to Departments.

Mr. Eggar

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is widespread anxiety that fixed and overhead costs are not being allocated correctly when the Civil Service produces its internal costs? Will my hon. Friend ensure that the guidance note is published and made available to outside contractors?

Mr. Hayhoe

Yes. I shall ensure that the guidance notes, or the essential elements, are put in the Library. I understand that a sensible financial framework has been established so that proper comparisons can be made.