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Public Expenditure

Volume 506: debated on Friday 26 February 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Putting the Frontline First: smarter government, CM 7753, over which financial years changes to the level of funding of (a) arms length bodies, (b) Government advertising and marketing and (c) management consultants will be made; and how much will be saved in each such year. (318351)

The pre-Budget report 2009 announced that Government would save at least £500 million by 2012-13 by reducing duplication between organisations and streamlining arm's length bodies.

The pre-Budget report 2009 also announced Government would save £650 million from cuts of 50 per cent. in consultancy spend and 25 per cent. in marketing and communications spend across Government by 2012-13. The 25 per cent. cut in marketing and communications spend will be based on 2009-10 spending levels and the 50 per cent. cut in consultancy spend will be based on 2008-09 levels.

For all savings, Government will work with Departments to help them deliver cuts although it will for individual departments and arm's length bodies to decide their priorities for future spending.