HC Deb 22 June 1993 vol 227 c94W
Ms Mowlam

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. Mates

Eleven tests have been completed in Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office since November 1992. Five of these were won by the in-house providers, two by outside contractors and four by a combination of both, as follows:

  • Transit (computer systems)—Contracted out
  • Bridge inspection vehicles—Retained in-house
  • Roadman training centre—Retained in-house
  • Road testing machines—Retained in-house
  • Castlenavan Quarry—Combination
  • Grounds maintenance (two tests)—Retained in-house
  • Sewer maintenance—Combination
  • Sludge maintenance (two tests)—Combination
  • Catering—Contracted out