§ Mr. Challen
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what areas of public health provision are supplied in competition with the private sector. 
§ Ms Blears
In general there is no competition between the private and public sector in the provision of public health. An occasional exception is the complementary provision of microbiological pathology laboratory services by the Public Health Laboratory Service and the National Health Service, where some private laboratories also provide analysis of food environmental and water samples. At local level it is for primary care groups to determine the mix of public/496W private provision and public sector providers may tender for contracts, for example, those advertised in the Official Journal of the European Communities.