§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance he has given on the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 to cleaning contracts at Glasgow royal and Yorkhill hospitals.
§ Mr. Stewart
Comprehensive guidance on market testing in the NHS—formerly competitive tendering—was issued to all health boards and NHS trusts on 6 October 1993. This consolidated all earlier guidance which had been issued since 1987 when competitive tendering was introduced in the NHS in Scotland. The guidance addressed all aspects of market testing including a section on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981. Copies of the guidance have been placed in the Library of the House.