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Departmental Cost Effectiveness

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department achieved in efficiency savings in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. (207647)

The Department has reported the following efficiency savings under the Gershon programme:

£ million

2005-06

2,579

2006-07

4,921

A final figure for 2007-08, the final year of the programme, has not yet been confirmed as final data for most contributing projects is reported a number of weeks after the year end. Final figures will be collated in September and reported in our autumn performance report to be published in December. The latest reported figure up to December 2007 was £7,157 million, some 10 per cent. above our final target of £6,500 million.