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Revenue and Customs: Security

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to outsource the provision of security at offices and operations of HM Revenue and Customs. (253484)

Guarding services in HMRC are currently provided through a mixture of in-house and outsourced security guards. Over 60 per cent. of the security guards at HMRC sites are already provided by external suppliers, primarily Mapeley under the terms of its PFI contract with HMRC which commenced in April 2001.

HMRC are currently exploring the potential to outsource its remaining in-house manned guarding services and in August 2008 commenced a fully competitive procurement exercise by publishing a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). A decision on any further outsourcing will depend on the comparative business cases that are constructed as a result of this exercise, including the provision of in-house security guards.