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Defence Fire Service

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to pursue a private finance initiative for the Defence Fire Service. [99866]

The Airfield Support Services Project is seeking to achieve the most viable and cost effective solution for the provision of airfield support and wider fire services to the Ministry of Defence world wide without compromising operational effectiveness. It includes both PPP and in-house solutions.The bids will be compared against a taut public sector comparator. Main Gate approval is planned for October 2003 while the eventual decision will be based on best value for money—no decisions have been taken at this stage.