HC Deb 30 July 1980 vol 989 cc727-8W
Mr. Freeson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his policy regarding the development of worker cooperatives in the provision of local authority services.

Mr. Fox

It is our policy to encourage local authorities to contract out the provision of services when there may be economic, or other, benefits. I see no reason why companies constituted on a common ownership basis should not compete for contracts on equal terms with other firms. Decision in this matter rests with the local authorities themselves.