HC Deb 20 March 1985 vol 75 c528W
44. Mr. Thurnham

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the estimated savings by his Department for 1985–86 as a result of privatisation schemes.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

The privatisation of the overseas development unit of the hydraulics research station n 1982 will result in estimated savings of some £80,000 to the Overseas Development Administration in 1985–86.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in addition contracting out a number of services and this is being extended. The diplomatic wing will save an estimated £737,775 in 1985–86 from travel and cleaning services contracted out during the current financial year. The aid wing will save an estimated £138,000 from the contracting out of official travel, cleaning and press cutting services.