§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which sectors of the workforce were re-allocated between the public and private sectors of the economy in the now suspended revised earnings index. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Details of private sector firms currently seconding staff to HM Treasury and staffs' responsibilities as at 1 December 1998 Seconding organization Responsibilities Barclays Capital Export and export credits policy and oversight of the Export Credits Guarantee Department. Midland Bank Provision of advice and guidance on small and medium sized enterprises; business associations and representative bodies; business links and other intermediaries. Tarmac plc Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Adviser in the Procurement Group with responsibility for: links between PFI and mainstream procurement; support to departmental Procurement Units on PFI issues; and support to Treasury led Taskforce on procurement issues. Pannell Kerr Forster Associates Provision of commercial, financial and accounting advice on private sector companies, and public and private sector commercial undertakings. Support to other work areas in the Treasury, as well as support to OFGAS, OFFER, OFTEL and OFT. Ernst & Young Developing policy on aspects of public private partnerships, including the guidance on selling services into wider markets and on parts of the Treasury's on-going work on productivity. Manpower plc Provision of advice and guidance on strategic issues relating to supply chain management, electronic commerce and procurement business plans, to central Government Departments and Treasury officials. Securities Investment Board Deals with money laundering, financial crime and subjects in the wider area of regulatory policy. PricewaterhouseCoopers Provision of economic advice on housing and urban regeneration planning policies and programmes. Works on social exclusion.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Jim Cousins, dated 10 December 1998:As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on the public and private sectors of the economy in the now suspended revised earnings index.Reclassification mainly affected privatised parts of public transport. The introduction of legal status rather than nature of business led to a very small number of reclassifications of individual enterprises. Confidentiality restrictions prevent me from naming these.