§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if his Department now uses fee competition in seeking tenders for professional services from the private sector.
§ Mr. Ridley
The Property Services Agency, which is part of my Department, has operated fee competition arrangements for professional services on major works projects since July 1984. Fee bids are now sought for all projects of £1 million value and over. The introduction of these arrangements has resulted in substantial initial fee savings.