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Departmental Cost Effectiveness

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what efficiency savings projects (a) his Department and (b) its agencies 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. (300931)

The Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) published findings in April 2009 that identified potential savings of around £6 billion a year by 2010-11 and a further £9 billion of savings achievable by 2013-14 from across Government. At Budget 2009, the MOJ agreed an additional £70 million savings in addition to the £1 billion savings agreed at the start of the comprehensive spending review period.

The MOJ is making good progress implementing active programmes covering all of the OEP areas. These projects typically include the Department's agencies within their scope:

In August 2009, the MOJ established a single ICT function, bringing together three existing ICT organisations:

eDelivery Group, covering areas including MOJ HQ, HM Courts Service and the Tribunals Service;

NOMS agency ICT

The OCJR Modernising Technology Unit

The MOJ has agreed an estates strategy to rationalise the estate it inherited on its creation and deliver significant financial, sustainability and effectiveness gains. The outline business case for the Estates Transformation Programme was signed off by the Estates Transformation Board in August 2009.

A detailed strategy for the MOJ procurement function called Procurement Success has been developed and signed off by the MOJ Corporate Management Board. The Procurement Success programme strategy was approved by the Board on in November 2008.

An outline business case for a new MOJ Shared Services programme which is designed to achieve the MOJ wide shared service vision for finance and human resources transactional services has also been signed off by the MOJ Corporate Management Board. The original business case was signed off by the MOJ Investment Committee in October and the full business case is scheduled to go before the January MOJ Corporate Management Board.

While these initiatives build on previous related work, full year savings are planned to be realised from 2010-11 through to 2013-14.

It is planned that the MOJ contribution to OEP savings by 2013-14 will be announced in the forthcoming pre-Budget report (PBR).