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Departmental Civil Service Agencies

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil service posts are to be transferred to the private sector as part of his Department’s plans to outsource facilities management functions in the core Department and its agencies. (194356)

We are unable to confirm precise numbers of civil service posts to be transferred at this time. We are still undergoing liaison with members of the DEFRA Network to establish this information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation with trade unions his Department has held in relation to plans to privatise the Department’s facilities management functions. (194357)

The DTUS was engaged immediately on adoption of the business case by DEFRA Management Board.

Consultation continues on a monthly basis with the SRO and senior member of the project team. An additional liaison route is extended to DTUS representation via the project HR subgroup forum which deals with local issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the framework approach used in his plans to privatise his Department’s facilities management functions. (194358)

DEFRA are not adopting a framework approach. We are currently engaged with the market with a view to securing a single national contract which will deliver:

Meeting all of the workplace Support Strategic drivers.

Assisting in meeting DEFRA’s SOGE Targets.

Providing investment to the estate in return for a long term contract.

Thinking beyond the traditional parameters of FM.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to adopt a 15-year contract to cover the outsourcing of facilities management functions in his Department. (194359)

If tender returns from the market support the cost benefit analysis and value for money can be achieved, a 15-year contract is under consideration.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what savings are expected as part of his Department’s outsourcing of its facilities management functions; and if he will publish the business case for the proposed outsourcing. (194360)

The initial business evaluation reported a potential savings of 7.7 per cent. over the term of the contract.

Responses from the first stage of engagement with the market have confirmed that likely savings should be in the region of 6 to 10 per cent.

We regret that publication of the business evaluation, at this time, would jeopardise the Department’s commercial negotiations with the market.