HC Deb 08 June 1995 vol 261 c301W
Mr. Soley

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the findings when the management executive of the NHS in Northern Ireland applied the policy appraisal and fair treatment guidelines to its revised market testing guidelines in 1994. [26006]

Mr. Moss

The "Market Testing in the HPSS: Revised Guidance" was issued as a consequence of the specific commitment given in the White Paper "Competing for Quality", on page 21, that health departments would consolidate and improve existing best practice guidance, inter alia, to provide model contract terms and specifications; set out examples of good practice; provide procedure check lists; summarise financial arrangements; cover publicity for contracts; and describe reporting and monitoring procedures. The policy appraisal and fair treatment guidelines were not therefore applicable to this particular document.