HC Deb 02 November 1983 vol 47 c388W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many private security firms are employed by his Department or bodies associated with his Department; how many personnel are employed, at which locations, on what responsibilities and duties, and at what annual cost; what have been the comparable figures for each of the last three years; and what estimates he has made as to the likely figures for 1984.

Mr. Butcher

It is Government policy to contract out security guarding on non-sensitive sites when this is cost effective and makes good management sense. My Department currently employs seven private security firms, the details of which are as follows:

cost for 1984–85 is, therefore, not yet available. No information is available about bodies associated with the Department.