The UK government is considering selling off IT management and other services as commercial companies as part of its fundraising campaign.
Prime minister Gordon Brown this week announced plans to sell off £16bn worth of assets including the Dartford Tunnel to raise funds to reduce debt.
But government advisers have suggested expanding the asset sales to include IT management and other government services, according to reports.
Such a move would fit with the government's previous efforts to involve the private sector in improving efficiencies.
But some reports say privatisation of activities such as IT management is likely to face objections from trade unions.
Earlier this year, the government was forced to drop plans to privatise parts of the Royal Mail postal service after union objections.
The government is also likely to face opposition from critics that say private-sector involvement in government IT projects has not been successful.