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Efficiency Savings

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. [114115]

The Spending Review 2002 value for money public service agreement target requires that value for money in the national health service and personal social services will improve by at least 2 per cent. per annum, with annual improvements of 1 per cent. in both cost efficiency and service effectiveness.