Treasury Committee press notice no.34

Session 2006-07, 06 March 2007

Treasury Sub-Committee announces new inquiry into the efficiency programme in the Chancellor's departments

The Treasury Sub-Committee intends to undertake an inquiry into Progress on the efficiency programme in the Chancellor's departments. The inquiry will examine the progress made to date by the Chancellor of the Exchequer'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. The Sub-Committee invites written evidence on this inquiry by Wednesday 18 April.

For the purposes of this inquiry, the Sub-Committee will take the Chancellor of the Exchequer's departments to be: the Debt Management Office; the Government Actuary's Department; HM Treasury; HM Revenue & Customs; the Office for National Statistics; and the Office of Government Commerce. In respect of each of these departments, the Sub-Committee expects to:

»measure progress on, and the overall effects of, reductions in full-time equivalent posts and reallocations to the front line, and relocation from London and the South-East

»examine the impact on customer service of both the efficiency measures taken to date and those measures yet to be implemented

»assess the clarity and appropriateness of the specific targets which the Chancellor of the Exchequer has set for his departments under the efficiency programme

»consider the likely effects of the efficiency programme beyond 2008, including whether the programme can be expected to create a "culture of efficiency" within the Chancellor of the Exchequer's departments.

This inquiry is intended to supplement the Treasury Committee's ongoing work on the wider cross-government efficiency programme, and the roles of HM Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce in this context. The Committee expects to examine HM Revenue & Customs' work on border control separately; further information on this work will be announced in due course.

1. Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline is Wednesday 18 April at 5.00 pm.

Submissions should address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.