Health and Safety Laboratory: Contracts

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

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.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), operated as an in-house agency of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) until it was integrated as a major part of HSE’s Science Division in April 2015.

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.

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