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Departmental Policy

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the presentation entitled Policy Costing Overview given at the Financial Management and Steering Group meeting on 23 March, (a) where the areas of good practice on policy costing that already existed were and (b) which areas were identified at this stage in which policy makers needed additional help to improve their forecasting of financial impacts. (162244)

The areas of good practice in policy costing and areas where additional help was needed have varied across the Department. The Policy Costing Handbook has sought to raise the consistency and standard.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s Policy Appraisal and Health document, dated November 2004. (162772)

A copy of the Department’s Policy Appraisal and Health Document dated November 2004 has been placed in the Library. The document can also be found at the following website:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_4095414.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the presentation entitled Policy Costing Overview given at the Financial Management and Steering Group meeting on 23 March, what independent financial challenge function existed within his Department prior to this date. (162827)

The Revenue Investment Branch was formed in April 2006 to provide an independent revenue challenge function through a dedicated team.