§ Mr. Russell Brown
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement about future arrangements for recruitment to the Civil Service fast stream development programme. 
§ Dr. Jack Cunningham
Management of the Fast Stream recruitment process was contracted out to the Capita Group plc as part of the decision to privatise the former Recruitment and Assessment Services Agency in October 1996.
A review of the operation of the recruitment process took place during 1998. As a result I have decided in principle that, on the expiry of the current contracts, the selection stages of the process will return to direct Civil Service management. I expect specialist services including advertising, publicity, response handling and psychology support to continue to be supplied by the private sector following competitive tender.