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Training Group Defence Agency

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings have been achieved by the Training Group Defence Agency in each year since 1998–99. [126146]

Efficiency targets for the Training Group Defence Agency (TGDA) were set as input targets for the years prior to Financial Year 2002–03. Achievement was £20.354 million in FY 1999–2000 and £6.441 million in Financial Year 2000–01.In Financial Year 2002–03 efficiency targets and measurements were presented to and approved by the PSX, which enabled the efficiency PSA to be expressed in output terms. The target for Financial Year 2002–03 was to reduce the average cost of a trainee to £180,560. This was achieved.Following the QQR and associated revaluations of assets, which would distort absolute figures, the definition of efficiency was reviewed and restated as a percentage reduction compared with the initial baseline set as the outturn from Financial Year 2000–01. This declared mat TGDA would achieve a 0.75 per cent, per annum reduction in the average cost of a recruit graduating from initial specialist training.In Financial Year 2002–03, TGDA met the 0.75 per cent, target and believe that they have achieved a slightly greater reduction that the target set. This will be validated once year end accounts are completed.