asked the Minister for the Civil Service what progress is being made by Sir Derek Rayner in his scrutiny of the Civil Service.
I should make it clear that Sir Derek Rayner is assisting Ministers in their scrutinies of the work of their Departments and that he is not engaged in a separate " scrutiny of the Civil Service ".The work undertaken by Sir Derek Rayner is as follows:
—Assistance to Ministers on 29 projects undertaken by their Departments last year, the recommendations for which have been or are now being pursued through to action.
—Assistance to Ministers on 39 scrutinies being undertaken by Ministers this year.
—Co-ordination of a review of Government statistical services to be completed later this year.
—Conduct of a review of the question whether goods and services should be provided by the Property Services Agency on allied service terms (as now) or on repayment terms, to be completed later this year.
—Advice to Ministers on the scrutiny of the running costs of their Departments.
More generally, Sir Derek Rayner offers advice as requested by Ministers and by my right hon. friend the Prime Minister.
Findings from last year's projects are being announced to the House by the Ministers concerned from time to time as occasion warrants.