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Public Services

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce co-payments for the public services for which he is responsible. [102199]

The Home Department aims to meet its public service responsibilities in the most cost effective and efficient manner. To achieve this, consideration is given to Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to minimise financial risk and maximise benefit to the Public. The Home Department currently has a number of PFI Schemes in operation providing new Police Headquarters, Police Air Support Services, and Police Communications, and is negotiating a number of similar funding partnerships for public services in both the Police Service and the National Probation Service.