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Market Testing

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list those functions in his Department which have been subject to market testing; and in how many cases, an in-house bid was (a) made and (b) awarded.

A full list of market tests to be undertaken in my Department in the period ending September 1993 was published in "The Citizen's Charter, First Report: 1992", Cm 2101. Although there have been instances of contracting out of some of these services for policy or management reasons, only one case of formal market testing against internal provision has so far been completed. In that particular case, an in-house bid was made and was successful.