HC Deb 16 December 1982 vol 34 c194W
Mr. Eggar

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list those functions or parts of his Department which he has transferred, or is in the process of transferring, to the private sector.

Mr. Mellor

Over the past three or four years my Department has contracted out its press cuttings service and some design and specialist marketing services. The Department's main cleaning effort has always been provided through the private sector and a large part of its substantial programme of non-nuclear R and D is carried out by private contractors. In addition my Department uses consultants as and when appropriate.