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Strategic, Necessary and Proportionate Test

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department’s staff were involved in developing the strategic, necessary and proportionate test; and if he will provide a breakdown of the costs of developing the test by main budget heading. (203003)

The strategic, necessary and proportionate test was developed following a series of staff and NDPB workshops and discussions as part of the DCMS transformation programme, responding to the DCMS Capability review. Discussions were led by a small volunteer taskforce of staff reporting to a DCMS Director. It is not possible to confirm exact staff numbers involved, or staff costs (although they are expected to be minimal). The test was developed to clarify the principles and factors DCMS should consider when choosing what work to pursue and how to approach it in order to maximise the ‘added value’ delivered by the Department and hence deliver the maximum possible value for the public.