HC Deb 06 February 1984 vol 53 cc462-3W
Mrs. Rumbold

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last discussed the contracting out of work to the private sector with the chairmen of the English water authorities.

Mr. Waldegrave

One of the objectives for water authorities agreed with chairmen in October 1982 was to seek the extension of suitable opportunities for private sector participation in their activities. Since that time we have impressed upon chairmen at a number of individual meetings the importance of competitive contracting out.