'I believe that the privatisation of Chessington is the best way to secure the long-term interests of the taxpayer, as well as the staff and customers of the business. There is no reason for Chessington to remain a part of government. Once it is freed from the constraints of operating within government, it will be better able to improve its service to existing customers, and to extend its business by making services available to new customers in wider markets.'
Formal expressions of interest for the business will be sought early in the new year.
Chessington Computer Centre provides a range of computer-based payroll, personnel, accounting and superannuation services to government departments and the wider public sector. It has a dominant presence in the main market of central Government payroll where its services are used by most Government departments.