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Efficiency Savings

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the President of the Council what the target is for efficiency savings in 2003–04 expressed (a) in money terms and (b) as a percentage of the Department's expenditure limit. [114103]

The Privy Council Office has no formal efficiency targets, but my Department constantly strives to make running cost savings and ensure value for money in delivery of its objectives.The Privy Council Office has a small Departmental Expenditure Limit, of which 75 per cent. is devoted to salary and accommodation costs. This, combined with the lack of any spending programmes, reduces the flexibility to make savings.