§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total cost for the recent market testing of Employment Service job clubs, including the staff time of those involved in preparing the bids.861W
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The costs of running the market test, including the staff time of those involved in preparing the bids has been estimated to be £132,000. The full annual value of the services prior to testing was £8.4 million and following the market test the equivalent cost is anticipated to be £8.1 million. The competition costs should be recovered within six months.