§ 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.