§ Mr. Pickles
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will publish the consultation paper on compulsory competitive tendering for housing management and the research on that subject carried out by consultants; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
As part of the citizens charter initiative, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I have today arranged for the following documents to be placed in the Library of the House: "Competing for Quality in Housing", a consultation paper on compulsory competitive tendering for Housing Management; and "The Scope for Competitive Tendering of Housing Management", a study carried out by consultants for our Departments and for the Scottish Office. Copies of these documents have been sent to all district housing authorities in England and Wales, and to a variety of housing organisations and other interested parties. The paper provides for a consultation period of over three months.