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Ancillary Services

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of pay per hour is for (a) cleaners and (b) porters in each acute trust; and which of these trusts have contracted out (i) cleaning and (ii) portering services.[129688]

Rates of pay for cleaners and porters are not identified separately in the national health service staff earnings survey. Cleaners and porters directly employed by trusts are paid in accordance with national agreements reached by the ancillary staffs' Whitley Council or in accordance with agreements reached locally. The current Whitley rates of pay are set out in advance letter (ASC) 1/2003, a copy of which is available in the Library.On the subject of trusts where these services have been contracted out, I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave her today.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies have contracts with NHS acute trusts for carrying out (a) cleaning and (b) portering services; which trusts have contracts with each company; what the commencement date of each contract was; and what the duration of the contract is in each case.[129689]

A number of companies have contracts with national health service acute trusts for the provision of domestic services.