To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, Ms Rosie Winterton, on 12 June (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 1062–4), why the reorganisation of the Government Office Network resulted in the centralisation of accommodation costs; where those costs are now reported; how many years' costs are included; and what savings are expected as a result of the reorganisation. [HL384]
Reorganisation of the Government Office Network's corporate services is part of the Government's continuing operational efficiencies programme and shared service agenda. The Government Office Network and Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG)'s integration of finance, human relations and information technology, as well as estates and accommodation, aims to achieve efficiencies and savings.
Accommodation costs are included in the Government Office Network accounts which are consolidated into the CLG accounts laid before Parliament annually. Savings and efficiencies will be reported as part of the whole shared services reorganisation once it is complete.