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Local Government Efficiency

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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38.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his policy towards encouraging more efficient local government.

More efficient local government is to everyone's benefit. The potential savings from improved efficiency could be used to reduce charges or to deliver better services at the same charge. The community charge and the introduction of compulsory competitive tendering will each encourage greater efficiency.

85.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any plans to meet the Controller of the Audit Commission to dicuss the potential for efficiency savings in local government.

I met the Controller on 18 June.Audit Commission figures released on 13 June 1990 showed that at March 1990 auditors had identified recurrent value improvement opportunities totalling £1,328 million a year, of which £662 million had already been implemented.It is the duty of the auditor of each local authority to be satisfied by examining the accounts and otherwise, that the authority has made proper arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.

78.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any plans to meet local authority leaders to discuss the potential for efficiency savings in local government.

This year, as in the past, meetings will be held with leaders of the local authority associations to discuss the revenue support grant settlement. The potential for efficiency savings in local government will be among the subjects under consideration.