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Operational Efficiency Programme

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agency put in place under the Operational Efficiency Programme; on what date each such project was initiated; how much each such project was expected to contribute to departmental savings; how much had been saved through each such project on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (300927)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Royal Parks Agency and its non-departmental public bodies currently report on the value for money programme announced in the 2007 comprehensive spending review. This will deliver savings of £168 million over the three years to 2010-11, and as reported in the Departments 2008-09 annual report and accounts we are on target to achieve this. We have not been required to report separately on operational efficiency savings; therefore it would incur disproportionate costs to separate reporting to date.

Looking beyond the current spending review period the Department is working closely with its NDPBs to scope opportunities for operational efficiency savings by 2013-14. This is being taken forward through a variety of work strands:

Benchmarking of non-departmental public bodies with over 250 staff. This will be published in the next few weeks. This work was initiated in July 2009.

The DCMS procurement council is actively promoting collaboration and value for money solutions across the Department and its arm's length bodies. This builds on the work initiated in February 2009 as part of the Department's response to the Procurement Capability Review.

The Property Asset Management Board is developing a joint estates strategy. This work was initiated in September 2009.

ICT mapping will be supported by a new CIO Council. This work was initiated in October 2009.

These scoping studies will lead to detailed plans and savings in the new year.