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Efficiency Savings

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what efficiency savings the Electoral Commission plans to make over the next three years. (186096)

The resource budget agreed by the Speaker’s Committee for the Commission covering the four years 2007-08 to 20010-11 is a ‘cash flat’ amount of £23,995,000 (including the £2 million annual Policy Development Grant budget) in each of the four years. The Commission is required to absorb all pay and non-pay inflation over this period and to do so it will have to deliver efficiency savings of on average at least 2 per cent. or £480,000 in each year.

The Electoral Commission informs me that it has already secured recurrent savings of £625,000 in 2007-08 and as the first stage of its efficiency plan for 2008-09 has identified specific savings of £250,000.