Public-Private Partnerships

Treasury written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what advice he has received since 7 October concerning additional risk premia that PPP partners might seek;

(2) what representations he has received since 7 October from (a) actual and (b) potential PPP partners concerning modifications of standard contractual arrangements;

(3) what representations he has received since 7 October about the operation of public private partnerships; and if he will publish them;

Photo of Angela Watkinson Angela Watkinson Conservative, Upminster

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from interested organisations regarding public/private partnerships.

Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Ministers and officials regularly receive representations on public-private partnerships (PPP). It is for those making such representations to publish them if they so wish. It would not be appropriate to make public the terms of contractual negotiations in advance of contract signature. The general guidance on "Standardisation of PFI Contracts", published in 1999 and which is available in the Library of the House of Commons, is currently being reviewed by the Office of Government Commerce. It is hoped to issue a revised draft of this guidance for consultation shortly.

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