HC Deb 25 May 1995 vol 260 cc703-5W
Ms Hodge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each piece of work subject to a bidding process under the auspices of(a) the Home Office and (b) agencies for which the Home Office is responsible where work was contracted out, who were the successful bidders; and which contracts were won by in-house bidders in (i) 1993–94; (ii) 1994–95; and (iii) 1995–96. [25523]

Mr. Howard

The table set out, for 1993–94 and 1994–95, the results of those "Competing for Quality" exercises in the Home Office, including the Prison Service, which proceeded to competition.

Activity Result
(i) 1993–94—Prison Service
Court Escort and Custody Services—Metropolitan Area Contract awarded to Securior Services
Doncaster Prison Contract awarded to Premier Prison Services
Manchester Prison In-house win
(ii) 1993–94—rest of Home Office
Statistical Data Collection In-house win
Internal Audit In-house win
Immigration and Nationality Department Security Guards In-house win
(iii) 1994–95—Prison Service
Buckley Hall Prison Contract awarded to Group 4
Court Escort and Custody Services—East Anglia, the North West and North Wales Contract awarded to Group 4
Facilities Management at the Prison Service College, Newbold Revel In-house win for administration, works and ground maintenance. Contract awarded to Taylorplan Services for catering and housekeeping
IT Helpdesk Contract awarded to Serco
(iv) 1994–95—rest of Home Office
Central Typing Services In-house win
Records Storage and Retrieval In-house win
Administrative Computer Services Contract awarded to Sema Group plc
Central Training Services In-house win
Central Reprographics and Design and Illustration Services Service Level Agreement awarded to Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO)
Central Office Keeping and Messengerial Services In-house win
Immigration and Nationality Department Typing Services In-house win
Immigration and Nationality Department Messengerial and Reprographic Services In-house win
Immigration and Nationality Department File Management Contract awarded to Britannia Data Management (BDM)

No contracts or service level agreements have yet been awarded as a result of "Competing for Quality" exercises in 1995–96.

The estimated annual savings figures arising so far from the "Competing for Quality" programme since April 1992 are £19 million for the Prison Service and £11 million for the rest of the Home Office.

A substantial number of competitions also take place outside the "Competing for Quality" programme, mainly to meet requirements for a wide range of specialist services. Information on the results of these competitions is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.