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Evaluating the Efficiency Programme

"Public sector efficiency savings even more vital in recession, MPs say"

This inquiry was undertaken to evaluate progress made under the Gershon efficiency programme in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's departments. The inquiry examined the progress made to date by the Chancellor's departments in implementing the Government's efficiency programme in so far as it affects those departments, and the effect of the programme on each department's levels of customer service as well as future plans for efficiency and Value for Money savings. The Committee published its Report on 21 July 2009.

Report, oral and written evidenceGovernment Response | Press Notice

Oral evidence

The Committee held the following oral evidence sessions as part of this inquiry.

Wednesday 13 May 2009 

Witnesses: Dr Martin Read, former Chief Executive of Logica and co-author of the Operational Efficiency Programme final report, John Hawksworth, Head of Macroeconomics, and Jon Sibson, Government and Public Sector leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dr Jennifer Law, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan, and Peter Lockhart, Senior National Officer, PCS Union 

Wednesday 3 June 2009 

Witnesses: Andrew Hudson, Managing Director, Public Services and Growth, HM Treasury, Louise Tulett, Finance Director, Treasury Group, and Nigel Smith, Chief Executive, Office of Government Commerce 
Lesley Strathie, Chief Executive, Simon Bowles, Chief Finance Officer, and John Keelty, Director Departmental Transformation Programme, HM Revenue & Customs 

Thursday 9 July 2009 

Witnesses: Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, and Andrew Hudson, Managing Director, Public Services and Growth, HM Treasury 

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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.
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