To ask the Minister for the Civil Service if he will make a statement on progress in the "next steps" initiative.
Progress is good. During April we expect the total of agencies launched to grow to 72. About 290,000 civil servants, half the total, will be working in agencies and other organisations operating on "next steps" lines. In addition, 27 candidates have been announced covering over 65,000 more civil servants. Many other areas are under consideration. As Cm 1760—"Improving Management in Government—the Next Steps Agencies, Review 1991"—shows, "next steps" is delivering benefits for customers, staff and taxpayers.
|The list of agencies established or to he established during April 1992 is:|
|Accounts Services Agency||90|
|Building Research Establishment||700|
|Cadw (Welsh Historic Monuments)||230|
|Central Office of Information3||670|
|Central Science Laboratory2||370|
|Central Statistical Office||1,090|
|Central Veterinary Laboratory||590|
|Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment4||600|
|Civil Service College||230|
|Compensation Agency2 5||150|
|Defence Research Agency||12,150|
|Directorate General of Defence Accounts4||2,130|
|Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency||4,580|
|Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency2 5||250|
|Driving Standards Agency||2,080|
|Duke of York's Royal Military School2||100|
|Fire Service College2 3||160|
|Forensic Science Service||600|
|Historic Royal Palaces||330|
|Laboratory of the Government Chemist||340|
|Medicines Control Agency||300|
|National Engineering Laboratory||390|
|National Physical Laboratory||830|
|National Weights and Measures Laboratory||50|
|Natural Resources Institute||440|
|Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation2 4||1,510|
|Occupational Health Service||100|
|Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland2 5||210|
|Public Record Office2||440|
|Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre||60|
|Queen Victoria School2||60|
|Rate Collection Agency5||270|
|Recruitment and Assessment Services Agency||240|
|Registers of Scotland||1,280|
|Scottish Agricultural Science Agency2||140|
|Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency||210|
|Service Children's Schools (North West Europe)4||2,300|
|Social Security Agency5||5,350|
|Social Security Benefits Agency||63,100|
|Social Security Contributions Agency||8,000|
|Social Security Information Technology Services Agency||4,000|
|Social Security Resettlement Agency||520|
|Teachers' Pensions Agency2||300|
|The Buying Agency5||110|
|Training and Employment Agency||1,670|
|Transport Research Laboratory2||580|
|United Kingdom Passport Agency||1,250|
|Vehicle Certification Agency||80|
|Veterinary Medicines Directorate||80|
|Warren Spring Laboratory||310|
|Wilton Park Conference Centre||30|
|72 in number||210,960|
|Customs and Excise6 (30 executive units)||26,800|
|Inland Revenue6 (34 executive offices)||62,100|
|Number of civil servants in the above total8||290,490|
The list of candidates for agency status announced by Ministers is as follows:
|Chessington Computer Centre||440|
|Child Support Agency5 10||see note|
|Common Services Division9||1,700|
|Defence Animal Centre9||150|
|Defence Operational Analysis Establishment9||180|
|Defence Postal Courier Service9||600|
|Defence Statistics Organisation9||150|
|Directorate Information Technology Bureau Services9||120|
|Equipment Test and Evaluation9||2,220|
|Fuel Suppliers Branch||20|
|Her Majesty's Prison Service||34,900|
|Human Factors Research9||390|
|Meat Hygiene Service11||see note|
|Ministry of Defence Police9||4,550|
|Office of Population Censuses and Surveys||2,150|
|Pesticide Safety Directorate||150|
|Property Holdings Portfolio Management||460|
|Royal Air Force Training9||11,200|
|Scottish Office Superannuation||160|
|Scottish Prison Service||4,100|
|Social Security Child Support Agency12||see note|
|Valuation and Lands Office5||350|
|Youth Treatment Service||220|
|TOTAL (27 in number)7||82,650|
|Number of civil servants in the above total8||66,320|
1 1 October 1991 figures for civil servants and armed forces personnel. Casuals are excluded. Part-time staff are counted as half units.
2 Expected to be launched in April 1992.
3 Trading fund.
4 Defence Support Agency.
5 Northern Ireland civil service.
6 Departments operating fully on "next steps" lines. Staffing figures for Inland Revenue exclude the Valuation Office, which is a free-standing agency.
7 Figure for total staff in agencies includes 8,070 armed forces personnel in Ministry of Defence agencies and 1,300 locally engaged staff in service children's schools (north-west Europe). Figure for total staff in candidates includes 16,330 armed forces personnel in Ministry of Defence candidates.
8 Includes in the totals 7,900 staff in agencies and 350 staff in candidates in the Northern Ireland civil service.
9 May be launched as a Defence Support Agency.
10 Estimated to require 550 staff by April 1993. Of these 120 will come from the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency.
11 Estimated to require 1,800 staff, drawn from a variety of sources.
12 From early 1993 the agency is estimated to require 4,500 staff, 1,500 of which will come from the Social Security Benefits Agency.
To ask the Minister for the Civil Service how many chief executives of "next steps" agencies have been recruited following open competition.
The Government's objective in appointing agency chief executives is to get the right person for the job. Open competition is now the norm, and about two thirds of chief executives and chief executives-designate —47 out of 74—have been recruited in this way.