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Efficiency Gains

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by area of expenditure the £445 million efficiency gains set out in paragraph 6.18 of the pre-Budget report; and how much of those gains was achieved from externally procured or contracted services. (109752)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: The Department has reduced the cost of providing asylum support by £161 million since 2004-05 by renegotiating accommodation contracts with external contractors and ensuring that new contract arrangements minimise the payments of voids (contracted accommodation which we paid for regardless of occupancy). We have also released £221 million by ensuring applicants are given the right status, clearing older cases out of the system and improving processes to cease support efficiently and £63 million by increasing the use of more efficient pre-planned initial accommodation rather than expensive emergency accommodation.