HC Deb 05 July 1989 vol 156 c212W
43. Mr. McLoughlin

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what further progress local authorities in Scotland are making with regard to contracting out of local government services.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Local authorities remain fully engaged in implementing the competition provisions of the Local Government Act 1988. The first round of work won in competition has to be under way by 1 August this year with further rounds by 1 January and 1 August in subsequent years.

From the information available it would appear that so far local authorities have themselves been winning contracts in most cases. Where any anti-competitive practice has been alleged my officials are following up the cases with the local authorities concerned.

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