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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency programme relating to his Department; and what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money savings. (296060)

In the light of the recommendations in the Operational Efficiency programme report, published on 21 April 2009, the Department is taking forward a number of strands of work to achieve greater efficiency across all its operations and arm's length bodies, including:

1. My appointment as the VFM Minister;

2. Benchmarking of back-office functions within sponsored bodies with over 250 staff;

3. Mapping and reviewing the current IT provision;

4. Securing collaborative procurement; and

5. Developing an estates strategy.

Formal training is available to both Ministers and Department officials should they identify a business need for it. Further to this, best practice is shared between officials, for example through networking events organised by HM Treasury and the National Audit Office.