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Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review. (52867)

Total efficiency savings made by DWP in 2004-05 are estimated at £313 million.

The target for DWP is that we realise annual efficiency gains of at least £960 million by 2007-08 against our spending in 2003-04. As such these early savings do not count towards our agreed efficiency target but are an encouraging indication of DWP's ability to meet the efficiency target set for the Department in the 2004 Spending Review.