HC Deb 16 June 1993 vol 226 cc602-3W
Dr. Wright

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will give details for each of the services provided externally as a result of market testing(a) the cost saving, (b) the quality of service charges and (c) the change in the number of people employed, compared with the in-house provision of the service;

(2) how many market-testing initiatives have (a) now been completed, (b) are currently under way and (c) are planned; and if he will give details of the initiatives in each category;

(3) if he will give details of the results of the market-testing exercises undertaken to date; and whether each testing exercise indicated that the service should be provided in-house or externally.

Mr. Waldegrave

Comprehensive information is not held centrally. But when the current market testing programme for the period to September 1993 is completed, I shall publish aggregated results for the civil service as a whole in line with the citizens charter principle of providing more information on Government activities.