§ Mrs. Gorman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the annual savings made across the National Health Service in England and Wales since competitive tendering was introduced for catering, cleaning and laundry services; and if he will express this as a percentage of the total cost of these services.
§ Mr. Freeman
Overall annual saving arising from the competitive tendering initiative for National Health844W Service catering, cleaning and laundry services in England amount to some £110 million—around 17 per cent. of previous costs.
Information about Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.