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Minis 3

Volume 31: debated on Wednesday 10 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that Minis 3 concentrates sufficiently on the scope for cost reduction within his Department.

Minis 3 helped me to identify potential staff savings equivalent to an annual salary saving of some £13 million; while total departmental staff have to date been reduced by a quarter since April 1979, equivalent to an annual salary saving of nearly £100 million. And from next April Minis will be supported by a comprehensive budget system for individual units covering non-staff as well as staff costs.I believe we are making good progress, but I would not suggest that I am yet satisfied.