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Departmental Efficiency

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 25 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list and describe the studies from within or without his Department relating to the effectiveness and efficiency of his Department together with the recommendations and action taken on those recommendations.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 November 1982, c. 334]: The functions and manpower of my Department are subject to rigorous annual scrutiny and review under the system of manpower budgeting introduced in 1980–81 following a management review of the Department. This will have led to reductions in manpower of 12 per cent.—1,750—by the end of this

StudiesMain RecommendationsAction
Road Construction Units (RCUs) (1979–80)Phasing out RCU sub-units and amalgamating RCU and regional office headquartersAs recommended
Regional Offices (1980) (jointly with DOE)Rationalisation of organisation leading to staff and other economiesAs recommended
Research establishments support services (1981–82) (with other departments)Significant reductions of in-house effort leading to staff savings and other economiesNot yet agreed, but most proposals accepted
Review of roads and bridges: standards and certification (1981)Organisational changes leading to restructured headquarters and regional offices. About 50 staff savings, economies valued at £1 million a yearAs recommended
Computer strategy (1980–81) (jointly with DOE)Develop a separate computer strategy for each main organisational unit (DTp, DOE(C) and PSA) controlled by separate Policy Groups and provide for more accountable managementAs recommended