A report published by the Public Contractors Association claims Tory councillors do not get closely involved in the CCT process. As a result, many crucial decisions are left to council administrators.
Labour authorities, it concludes, are therefore more receptive to the private sector. 'With few exceptions, Conservatives in power do not embrace the spirit of competitive tendering,' it says.
The statistics in the report indicate, however, that Labour councils are far more likely to retain contracts in-house.