To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list all the market tests that have taken place in his Departments since November 1992 and indicate, in each case, whether the result was the maintenance of in-house provision, or whether the service was contracted-out.
The information requested is as follows. It covers new market testing only and does not include the retesting of services which are already contracted-out. It also excludes market tests currently in progress but not yet completed.
|Bulk Mailing (Employers' Annual Pack)||Contracted-out|
|Customs and Excise|
|London HQ typing services||Retained in-house|
|Southend HQ typing services||Retained in-house|
|Regional Executive Units typing services||Retained in-house|
|London HQ messenger services||Retained in-house|
|Internal Audit||Retained in-house|
|Vehicle fleet management||Part retained in-house, part contracted-out|
|Department for National Savings|
|Catering Services||The market test covered four units with a combination of in-house and contracted-out services. The service was retained in-house at one location, the existing external supplier selected at two others, and a fresh external supplier selected at the fourth|