§ Mr. George
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the names of all the private security firms currently employed by his Department, the number of employees for each firm on the contract, the total value of each contract and the total value of all contracts for each financial year since 1984–85.
§ Mr. Ryder
The Treasury employs one private security firm, Trafalgar Security Ltd., at Jameson house only. The cost is £4,900 per annum and involves part-time employment of one person.
This function was previously undertaken by Group 4 at a cost of £2,600 per annum, also involving part-time use of one member of staff.
The Group 4 contract started in September 1987. Group 4 was replaced by Trafalgar in April 1989. Prior to September 1987 the security was provided by guards employed by Her Majesty's Treasury.