After Carillion: Public sector outsourcing and contracting Contents



1 Introduction and context of our report

2 How appropriate is it for public services or projects to be run by the private sector?

The significance of outsourcing

The case for outsourcing

The Decision to outsource

Evidence Base

3 The Private Finance Initiative: time for honesty

4 The Government’s approach to contracting: managing risk

The Government’s power as a purchaser

The Government’s approach to contracting

Risk Transfer

Pricing of public sector contracts

Renegotiating contracts

5 The effect of Government monopsony on the private sector

The health of private sector contractors

Competition and contestability

Instability in Large Contractors and the case of Carillion

6 The Capability of the UK civil service

Commercial capability

Information, Transparency and Accountability

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 9 July 2018