§ Mr. Rooney
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what consultation process is planned to take place on the implementation of the Prime programme. 
The Prime—private sector resource initiative for management of the estate—project is undertaking the procurement of a private sector provider of serviced accommodation to the Department of Social Security. The departmental trade union side was consulted on the decision to implement the project and on progress of the project since that date. Tender bids are due on 31 January, followed by a detailed evaluation and further negotiations. Contract awards will be subject to value for money being demonstrated. Consultation following the selection of a preferred supplier will be in line with agreed departmental procedures, as will any subsequent implementation.