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ppp Thursday, 6 September, 2001, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Schemes around Britain
Public profit, private gain?
Tony Blair's big promise for his second term in office is to deliver on public services. And Labour is planning to achieve that at least partly through private sector investment. The NHS, schools, transport, housing and prisons will all see more private money. BBC correspondents report on the governments effort's so far and its plans for the future


Education

Children working in the classroom
Private investment to help improve standards
The government's long-awaited White Paper on education promises to bring private sector management into the running of schools. It's the most controversial part of the proposals but the government sees it as essential in the battle to improve failing schools.

Surrey's privately managed school
The BBC's Mike Baker reports

The Education White Paper
The BBC's Navdip Dhariwal reports


Health

The Heart Hospital
The NHS bought this private hospital
NHS reforms have already seen hospitals and general practices taking on much of the responsibility for running themselves - and new hospitals built with private money. Now the government wants to go further with private sector involvement in treating patients and even running whole hospitals.

Expanding private treatment
The BBC's Karen Allen reports

Treating NHS patients abroad
The BBC's Daniel Sandford reports

Buying private hospitals
The BBC's Karen Allen reports


Housing

Council flats in the UK
Glasgow has the most council housing in Europe
The sale of council houses was the largest single privatisation under the Tories. But Labour has even greater ambitions - to transfer the majority of council housing to housing associations in order to raise private finance to deal with a 19bn backlog of repairs.

Selling council homes
The BBC's Iain Watson reports


Private prisons

Wakefield public prison in Yorkshire
Securicor run the private prison in South Wales
The UK already has a number of privately run prisons. And private security firms provide a range of services in the judicial process. There have been criticisms of the private sector's record but more new privately built prisons are in the pipeline, while new courts will also be built with private finance.

Private prisons criticised
The BBC's John Andrew reports


Transport

London Underground
There are worries about the tube's safety
The government believes private investment is essential if the London Underground is to be modernised. But its vision is not shared by the unions or London mayor Ken Livingstone who say that would jeopardise safety and waste money.

Livingstone loses
The BBC's Simon Montague reports

Byers pledge on safety
Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Byers


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