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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Minister in his Department has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in his Department; whether his Department has established a public sector reform team to implement service reforms; and if he will make a statement. (289738)

I am the Minister responsible for value for money in my Department. The Home Office has a strong and ambitious value for money programme that will deliver cashable improvements worth £1,584 million per annum by 2010-11.

Performance against this ambition was reported in the 2008 Home Office Annual Report [Cm 7592]. That included activity to improve public service delivery, for example, Operation Quest in the police service has delivered significant benefits to the public in terms of customer satisfaction and value for money by giving police officers and staff the skills to understand and then implement improved operational processes.