§ Mr. Butcher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many area health authorities have subcontracted hospital cleaning and office cleaning to outside, privately owned contract cleaning companies.
§ Sir George Young
All area health authorities make some use of contract cleaning services, though this may be on a modest scale. In 1979–80 contracts with private companies accounted for 2.38 per cent. of the sum spent on cleaning and domestic services by authorities in England.