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Thanks for your comments FTR. Capita is a very successful company which has made huge profits out of "helping" governments and local authorities. They are not a philanthropic organisation and will only enter this deal if they can see a good profit. If C&L's minister opposes the idea then where is his defence? Can't recall anything substantial from him during all his time in office setting out a vision for BS or why it should be regarded as an amenity. Seems like he wants to court popularity by not backing privatisation but still be seen to be trying to cut costs by putting BS out to tender. Better to have the courage of his convictions and fight his corner properly. The States have a website so let him post a paper on C&L's bit setting out his views and where he thinks BS ought to be heading. He could always ask BS staff for ideas if he is lacking. As others have commented, BS is a valuable community asset and needs to be defended from privatisation at all costs.