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Departmental Contracts

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bids have been made for work choice programmes; and in how many of those bids sub-contractors have been streamlined. (320077)

[holding answer 2 March 2010]: A total of 120 invitation to tender bids for the work choice programme have been submitted by 23 organisations. The supply chain associated with these submissions comprises of 91 organisations from the public sector, 46 organisations from the private sector and 92 organisations from the third sector.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department holds for benchmarking purposes information on the operation of the Prime Contractor model in (a) Australia and (b) the Netherlands. (320103)

[holding answer 2 March 2010]: The Department does not use information on the prime contractor models in Australia or the Netherlands to carry out systematic benchmarking exercises. Information on these and other models is referred to on an ongoing basis to inform the implementation and evaluation of the DWP Commissioning Strategy.