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Rayner Scrutinies

Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report each of the scrutinies carried out by Sir Derek Rayner on behalf of his Department, listing the cost to the Department in each case.

Eighteen efficiency scrutinies have so far been completed in the Department of Health and Social Security. These scrutinies were conducted by the Department itself under the guidance of, initially, Lord Rayner and currently, Sir Robin Ibbs. The subjects scrutinised and the cost of each study, are as follows:

1. Arrangements for Paying Social Security Benefits23,000
2. Payment of benefit to Unemployed People*
3. Final Relevant Year12,000
4. DHSS Activities in Support of Health Care Exports15,300
5. Handling of Correspondence in DHSS and OPCS30,000
6. Validation of NI Contribution Records20,000
7. Review of Statistical Services23,000
8. Forms into Shape—An Analysis of forms use in DHSS33,150


9. Review of Personnel Work151,900
10. Payment of Benefit to People in Hospital25,000
11. Legal Aid Assessment


12. Wheelchair Purchase and Repair13,000
13. The Recovery of Overpaid Benefit18,600
14. Consultancy, Inspection and Review Capacity48,000
15. Government Supervision of Occupational Pension Schemes


16. Identifying and Developing Internal Talent24,873
17. Administrative and Legislative Burdens12,050
18. Accommodation25,500

* Joint scrutinies with other Departments — DHSS costs not separately identified.

Nine similar scrutinies have also been carried out in the Health Service, the costs of which were borne by various health authorities. They are as follows:


1. Use of Non-Ambulance Transport7,500
2. Non-Emergency Ambulance Service7,232
3. Central Stores Policy7,666
4. Residential Accommodation17,036
5. Recruitment Advertising11,376
6. Collection of Income Due to Health Authorities


7. Cost of Catering in the NHS14,424
8. Use of Forms2,380
9. Collection of Fees by Health Authorities under Road Traffic Act 197214,976

* Not costed.