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District Health Authorities (Contracts)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give details of all new contracts awarded since 31 December 1986 by each district health authority, by hospital, for (a) portering, (b) catering, (c) laundry, (d) cleaning and (e) other ancillary work; and if he will give the estimated annual savings for each contract awarded;(2) if he will give the latest figures as a percentage of services put out to tender by each district health authority for

(a) catering, (b) domestic services, and (c) laundry; and if he will give the estimated annual savings.

[pursuant to his reply, 6 November 1987, c. 917]: Continued good progress has been made by health authorities. As at 30 September 1987, tenders had been sought for 84 per cent. of these services, and estimated annual savings of some £103 million had been generated from contracts awarded. £27·5 million has come from 208 contracts awarded to private contractors and £75·5 million from 1,187 tenders secured by in-house organisations. Tables giving the detailed information requested have been placed in the Library.