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Gershon Review

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reporting headline efficiency savings; and if she will make a statement. (108356)

The Department did not allocate a separate budget to implement Gershon, and the NDPBs were not given funding specifically to implement efficiency savings. Therefore any costs will have been absorbed into day-to-day work and are not included in reporting headline efficiency savings. We have not previously asked NDPBs for information on the cost of implementing the efficiency programme; to obtain this information now could be achieved only at disproportionate cost as it would involve the 28 NDPBs plus DCMS having to review costs since the start of the programme.