Skip to main content

Departmental Savings

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what were the value-for-money savings in his Department's operations identified by internal audit and

Table I
Wastage of Maintained Nursery, Primary and Secondary School Teachers
Leaving between 31 March 1985 and 31 March 1986Leaving between 31 March 1980 and 31 March 1981
NumberPercentage1NumberPercentage2
Wastage among teachers:
Within 2 years of qualifying5212·56510·2
Within 5 years of qualifying but after 2 years24310·74339·2
Within 10 years of qualifying but after 5 years3046·64096·9
More than 10 years after qualifying1,3287·01,1106·4
All teachers1,9277·32,0177·0
1 As a percentage of all in service in specified group at March 1985.
2 As a percentage of all in service in specified group at March 1980.
Table II
Wastage of Maintained Nursery, Primary and Secondary School Maths and Physics Graduate Teachers
Leaving between 31 March 1985 and 31 March 1986Leaving between 31 March 1980 and 31 March 1981
NumberPercentage1NumberPercentage2
Wastage among Maths graduates:
Within 2 years of qualifying48·314·8
Within 5 years of qualifying but after 2 years109·11110·6

internal efficiency arrangements and by external audit and by management consultants retained by his Department between 1983–84 and 1988–89; and what is the amount of those savings fulfilled to date;

(2) what mechanisms exist in his Department for identifying and tracking value-for-money savings in its operations.

Officials engaged on staff inspection, management services and market testing work have identified possible value-for-money and efficiency savings of £2,368,000 in the period 1983–84 to 1988–89. While it is not always possible to achieve these savings in full because of changes in circumstances or other factors, and it often takes time to secure them in full, savings of £1,842,000 from this source were realised during the period.Value-for-money savings are also identified in a number of other ways, for example, for audits, efficiency scrutinies, ad hoc reviews, the employment of consultants and the introduction of information technology. In addition, line managers seek savings and efficiency gains when preparing their annual management plans and in the course of their day-to-day activities. Line managers have prime responsibility for realising potential savings identified in these ways, and the results are not collected centrally within my Department.