§ Mrs. Rumbold
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many local authorities have put all or any of their professional services out to the private sector;
(2) how many local authorities have selected outside firms to operate the work undertaken by the former direct labour organisation as opposed to giving the in-house organisation the work;
(3) how many local authorities have put more than one service into the private sector.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
My Department does not collect systematic data on these subjects, but useful information may be found in the annual surveys of local authority privatisation which theLocal Government Chronicle has published since 1983.