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Departmental Accountancy

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy costing guidance documents were in use within his Department prior to the development of the Department's policy costing handbook, aside from the Policy Appraisal and Health document dated November 2004. (165690)

Before the issuing of the Policy Costing Handbook no consolidated costing guidance documents were issued within the Department for policy branches. References to a range of other guidance which referred to costing had been provided through the Department's intranet, such as the Policy Appraisal and Health document, the Treasury's Green Book Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government, NHS Costing Manual (for national health service reference costs) and the annual publication by the Personal Social Services Research Unit, Unit Costs of Health and Social Care.