HL Deb 10 February 1999 vol 597 c23WA
Lord Hughes of Woodside

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have for recruitment to the Civil Service Fast Stream Development Programme. [HL1003]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton)

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 of this review, my right honourable friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office has 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.