§ Mr. Cotter
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the terms of reference of the competing for quality review of her Department's use of the principal civil service pension scheme; what is the time scale of the review; what consultation process is planned in respect of it; and if she will make a statement on the proposals for(a) any market testing and (b) contracting out this service. 
§ Mr. Nigel Griffiths
[holding answer 30 July 1997]: The DTI has no plans to conduct a competing for quality review of its principal civil service pension scheme administration at this stage. There, are therefore no proposals at present to market test or contract out this work.