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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons at 1:47 pm on 8th July 1998.

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Photo of Peter Kilfoyle Peter Kilfoyle Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office 1:47 pm, 8th July 1998

The hon. Gentleman will have to forgive me if I disagree with his assertion that there is always something to be learned from the private sector.

Increasingly, the public service, pragmatically, is willing to learn from private sector practices, and it is always willing to re-evaluate its own procedures. As I said, the Benefits Agency does so, and we want to extend that type of good practice into all arms of government, central and local.