Councils had feared that environment minister Sir Paul Beresford would make a snap decision to toughen up the CCT regime after private contractors complained of anti- competitive behaviour. The DoE then called on 80 councils to explain why they had awarded contracts in-house.
But the scrutiny of the regime has been extended.
'We are taking a thorough look at all the options,' said a DoE spokeswomen.
An announcement was unlikely before the end of the month, they said, and might not be made until March.