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Departmental Savings

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what mechanisms exist in the OMCS for identifying and tracking value-for-money savings in its operations.

The search for year-on-year efficiency gains is an integral part of the OMCS annual planning and budgeting exercise. The system also allows for regular monitoring of progress towards targets, and their achievement.

To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what were the value-for-money savings in his Department's operations identified by internal audit and internal efficiency arrangements 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.

The identification of value-for-money targets is an integral part of the annual OMCS planning and budgeting exercise even though those targets have not always been expressed in purely financial terms. Value-for-money improvements, including purchasing savings, of £3·015 million have been achieved between 1985–86 and 1988–89, although it is not possible to identify the separate contributions made by each of the means of study mentioned.