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Departmental Co-ordination

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many shared services are operated by her Department; and what the timetable is for the implementation of new shared services by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies. (180188)

Communities and Local Government operates three shared services. It provides the internal audit services for a range of other Departments, agencies and NDPBs including DCMS and the Cabinet Office. It has a finance shared service that covers a number of other Government Departments and agencies including DFT and MOJ and provides records management and library and information services to DFT.

As part of a programme of continuous improvement in corporate services, the Department continues to assess opportunities for driving further efficiency and effectiveness through shared services with the Government office network, agencies and NDPBs.