§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what consultation he has had with(a) trade and commercial organisations and (b) relevant trade unions in relation to the status and future functions and integrity of Companies House.
§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade announced on 19 July,Official Report, column 179, that as part of the latest stage of the current review of Companies House's agency status, consultants are exploring the views of a range of trade and commercial organisations on the possibility of contracting out most of the services of Companies House.
I met relevant trade unions on 21 September and have invited them to meet me again before a final decision is taken.