§ Mr. George
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private security firms have been employed by her Department for each of the last 10 years; what has been the annual value of the contracts; and if she will estimate how many guards have been employed for each of those years.
§ Mr. Sackville
The Department employed four private security firms in 1993–94. The estimated total expenditure for these contracts is £700,000 and the estimated total of guards employed was 30. To provide information prior to 1993–94 would incur disproportionate cost.