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Contracting Out

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list all those services or functions contracted out in his Department and Agencies, since November 1991, in which the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 were not applied.

Whether or not the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations apply in any particular case will depend on the nature of the work awarded and the contractors' own proposals for carrying out the work.My Department has contracted out mailroom services, minor maintenance, office cleaning, reprographics, security, central typing and secretarial cover, and the provision of computer equipment and new associated services.The Royal Parks Agency has contracted grounds maintenance and the provision of nursery services and the Historic Royal Parks Agency has contracted out manning of vehicle entrances, ticket checking and the security control room at the Tower of London.