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Market Testing

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list all the market tests that have taken place in her Department 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.

Since November 1992 the following market tests have taken place:

  • Free Advice on Farm Diversification
  • Free Advice on Farm Woodlands
  • Building Estates Management (Part)
  • General Recruitment (Up to Grade 7)
  • Library Services (Books and Journals)
  • Royal Navy Surface Surveillance (Fisheries Protection Contract)
  • Relocation Work (Central Science Laboratories)
In the cases of free advice on farm diversification, and farm woodlands the provision in question is being ended as part of public expenditure decisions.In all the other cases the services listed in the table have been contracted out.