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Departmental Cost Effectiveness

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efficiency savings projects his Department 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. (300932)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has agreed to deliver savings in administrative costs of £4 million in 2008-09, £8 million in 2009-10 and £12 million in 2010-11, including through Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) related projects. This commitment is part of DFID's overall value for money (VFM) programme.

Delivery against 2008-09 targets was reported in DFID's 2009 annual report. The report is available at:

A further progress report will be included in the forthcoming autumn performance report.

DFID is planning further efficiency savings in areas identified by the OEP, which will contribute to the £9 billion to be delivered across Government in the next spending review period.