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Public Services (Co-Payments)

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce co-payments for the public services for which she is responsible. [102202]

The Department seeks to deliver services to the public using effective, efficient and economical approaches consistent with Government policies on Sustainability.

These approaches include a range of partnership formats where the financial arrangements may be shared with the private sector, including: the establishment of ISIS by British Waterways.

PFI/PPP projects such as the new office buildling in Cambridge, and Flood Defence schemes at Broadlands and Pevensey;
"joined—up" working with other Departments and the private sector on centrally—funded projects under the Invest to Save Budget and Capital Modernisation Fund;
joint ventures between Executive Agencies and private sector businesses under the Wider Markets Initiative;
support for LINK projects.

Defra will continue to use these approaches where appropriate.