To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the funding allocated to the Health and Safety Laboratory on the ability of private sector companies to compete for contracts.
Most of the commercial work HSE undertakes is through the process of bidding for the work alongside any competitors. All work won through a bidding process is subject to 'Fair and Open Competition'. In addition, goods and services offered to the market such as training courses, are competing alongside any other providers. Funding allocated by DWP is not used to subsidise Science Division's commercial activities which recover their full economic cost.