HC Deb 21 June 1993 vol 227 c4W
Ms Mowlam

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list all the market tests that have taken place in his Department since November 1992 and indicate, in each case, whether the result was the maintenance of in-house provision, or whether the service was contracted out.

Mr. Waldegrave

The market tests completed since November 1992 by the Office of Public Service and Science, including its agencies, HMSO and the Central Office of Information and the outcome of these tests are as follows:

Activity tested (and area) Outcome
Bristol distribution centre (HMSO) Retained in-house
Distribution of College 1993–94 prospectus (Civil Service College) Contracted out
Elements of payroll development (Chessington computer centre) Contracted out
Manchester forms centre (HMSO) Retained in-house
Reprographic unit Basildon (HMSO) Part contracted out.
part retained in-house
Reprographic unit Manchester (HMSO) Retained in-house
Security guarding (Recruitment and Assessment Services) Retained in-house
Stationery store (COI) Service abandoned
Telephonist service for Downing street (OPSS) Contracted out
Typing services at publications centre (HMSO) Contracted out

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