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Market Testing

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the estimated level of saving to the Department is from the use of market testing in 2002–03. [107768]

My Department does not have a programme of formal market testing. We ensure value for money by selecting external suppliers through strict competitive tendering processes. Internal services are provided under service level agreements that set out agreed standards of efficiency, informed by benchmarking where relevant.