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Efficiency Unit

Volume 173: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister what topics have been covered in the efficiency unit's central scrutiny programme in the last financial year; and how many of the scrutiny reports have been published.

Twenty-three efficiency scrutinies have been undertaken by Departments in 1989–90 in association with the efficiency adviser and the efficency unit. The programme of scrutinies, including those which are not yet completed, is as follows:

Department and title of scrutinyReport publicly available
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Entry Processing Arrangements (Import and Export Freight)No
Department of Employment Take-up of Employment Department ProgrammesNo
Department of Energy UKAEA Programme Letters for Nuclear R&D and other nuclear workNo
Department of Education and Science Education Support Grants and LEA Training Grants SchemeYes
Department of the Environment Housing Management TrainingNo
Departments of Health and Social Security Provision and Cost-effectiveness of External ConsultancyYes
Department of Social Security Departmental DebtNo
Department of Trade and Industry Charging for Central ServicesYes
Department of Transport Vehicle Excise Duty EnforcementNo
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Financial Management at FCO HeadquartersNo
Home Office Government Funding of the Voluntary SectorYes
Prison Medical ServiceNo
Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce Middle Management StructureNo
Inland Revenue Repayment ClaimsNo
PAYE Payment DatesNo
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food EC Product Classifications for Export Refund PurposesYes
Ministry of Defence Married Quarters in London AreaNo
Fixed Wing Aircraft MaintenanceNo
Overseas Development Administration Aid Expenditure ManagementNo
Property Services Agency Cost-competitiveness InitiativeNo
Scottish Office Roads DirectorateNo
Welsh Office Education Grants (Welsh Office)No
Decisions on the publication of scrutiny reports are taken by the Ministers responsible for the scrutinies concerned. In a number of cases, where a scrutiny has been recently completed or is not yet complete, no decision on publication has been made.A number of other scrutinies have also been conducted according to full scrutiny disciplines and with guidance from the efficiency unit:Metropolitan Police Scrutiny Programme

  • Thames Division

Other Police Forces

  • Communication
  • Training
  • Force Administration
  • Recruitment
  • Police Hostel Accommodation
  • Criminal Investigation Department
  • Community Relations
  • Prosecution Process
  • Accident Reporting Procedures
  • Force Inspectorate