Department for Transport: Contracts

Department for Transport written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which service providers are contracted to carry out third party cleaning contracts for his (a) Department and (b) executive agencies; if he will list all of the services delivered by third party contractors to his (i) Department and (ii) executive agencies; and how many people working for those third party contractors are paid less than the Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Third party cleaning contracts are undertaken by Interserve FM for the central Department for Transport (DfT(C)), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) third party cleaning contract is undertaken by Sodexo Ltd as part of a Private Finance Initiative Agreement with Telereal Trillium.

The central Department for Transport, MCA, DVSA, VCA and DVLA all utilise fully encompassing Total Facilities Management contracts which can provide the following services: -

Cleaning;

Catering;

Security;

Reception;

Grounds Maintenance;

Planned Maintenance;

Reactive Maintenance;

Porterage;

Reprographics and

Post Room.

Neither the central Department nor its executive agencies hold information on the earnings of outsourced workers. However, the Department for Transport Total Facilities Management contract with Interserve FM requires all staff employed by the service provider to be paid at least the National Living Wage. DVLA believe, following contact with Telereal Trillium, that no staff working on their contract receive below the National Living Wage.

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