HC Deb 21 May 1993 vol 225 cc322-3W
Ms. Mowlam

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 5 May,Official Report, column 85, if he will provide details of the evidence upon which he bases his estimate of the percentage savings arising from market testing in previous years.

Mr. Waldegrave

The annual reports by the central unit on purchasing on progress in Government procurement for the four years to March 1991, provide information on Departments' progress with market testing. This information, which includes savings, is derived from returns provided by Departments themselves. The annual reports are in the House Library.

No report on market-testing progress was complied for 1991–92. I shall report on the current period which runs to 30 September 1993 as soon as possible after that date.