§ 24. Mr. Thurnham
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the estimated savings as a result of placing work originally undertaken by his Department with private contractors.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
We estimate that the contracting out completed over the six years up to 1 February 1986 accounts for a reduction of 8,625.5 posts. Savings amount to about £28 million a year. These figures exclude any RN refitting work placed with private contractors.
§ 39. Mr. Stevens
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give an estimate of the savings in the last two years obtained from the competitive tendering procedures now in use.
§ Mr. Lamont
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Stern) on 26 November 1985, at column 553.