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Private Sector

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what departmental investigations have taken place since 1 January 2007 into the management of his Department’s contracts with private sector agencies; and if he will make a statement. (177830)

The Department carries out a programme of regular risk based audit assessments across the range of its business. This includes reviews of the quality of contract management.

Investigations may be carried out into issues where there appears to be evidence of possible malpractice or impropriety. Since 1 January 2007, the Department has undertaken two formal investigations that have concerned or included consideration of issues relating to the management of contracts with private sector organisations.