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Market Testing

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated level of saving to the Department is from the use of market testing in 2002–03. [107770]

In 2002–03 my Department did not carry out any market testing.My Department takes a rigorous approach to ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations, including an analysis of whether functions could be delivered by, or with, other partners including the private sector. Private sector organisations are currently, and will continue to be, key partners in education and skills delivery.