asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those private security companies hired by his Department in the last five years and explain their responsibilities; what has been the expenditure on each and the total for each year since 1973; and what criteria his Department take into account in choosing which company to hire.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has employed private security firms in this country to control access to some buildings in the past and still does use their services to take cash receipts to the bank. Firms which have been employed are Securicor, Security Express and Burns. As commercial confidences are involved, my right hon. Friend would prefer to give the aggregate figures for expenditure. These are as follows: