HC Deb 23 June 1993 vol 227 c195W
Ms Mowlam

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all the market tests that have taken place in his Departments 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. Nelson

The information requested is as follows. It covers new market testing only and does not include the retesting of services which are already contracted-out. It also excludes market tests currently in progress but not yet completed.

Inland Revenue
Bulk Mailing (Employers' Annual Pack) Contracted-out
Catering (Telford) Contracted-out
Customs and Excise
London HQ typing services Retained in-house
Southend HQ typing services Retained in-house
Regional Executive Units typing services Retained in-house
London HQ messenger services Retained in-house
Internal Audit Retained in-house
Vehicle fleet management Part retained in-house, part contracted-out
Department for National Savings
Catering Services The market test covered four units with a combination of in-house and contracted-out services. The service was retained in-house at one location, the existing external supplier selected at two others, and a fresh external supplier selected at the fourth