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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on local authorities outsourcing administrative functions overseas. (81414)

Local authorities are responsible for taking their own procurement decisions subject to the requirements of best value legislation and to the EU/UK regulatory framework. This includes any decision to outsource administrative functions overseas. Any specific complaint that best value is not being met in a particular set of circumstances would need to be addressed in the first instance to an authority’s external auditor.