Housing Minister Sir George Young today confirmed the planned arrangements for implementing compulsory competitive ...
Housing Minister Sir George Young today confirmed the planned arrangements for implementing compulsory competitive tendering for housing management in English shire districts.
In answer to a Parliamentary Question from Simon Burns MP (Chelmsford), Sir George said: 'I have given careful consideration to the timetable for implementing compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) for housing management in the light of the acceleration of the programme for reviewing the structure of counties and districts in England.
'I consider that a distinction can be drawn between housing management, as a front-line, locally delivered service, and other white-collar services when considering the implementation timetable. The preparatory work for CCT for housing management and supporting white-collar services will not be wasted if an authority is subsequently reorganised and will stand authorities and tenants in good stead.
'Housing managers are already making good progress in preparing for CCT. I am keen that they should press ahead as soon as possible. I recognise, however, that new authorities will need some additional time to complete the competition process. The arrangements for temporary exemptions from CCT for authorities being restructured as a result of the Review, announced on 29 March 1993 [Official Report column 56] for white-collar services generally, will therefore continue to apply to housing management. These will allow authorities 18 months following reorganisation to complete the first round of competitive tendering.'