§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has had from business organisations representing health service and local authority private744W contractors to underwrite losses on contracts secured under compulsory competitive tendering legislation where the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 were ruled to apply after the commencement of the contract; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
I have received no representations on the matter. Contracting out has taken place for many years with no question of any losses being underwritten by the Exchequer.