HC Deb 10 March 1981 vol 1000 c742
5. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals have been made by Sir Derek Rayner for economies in his Department; what progress has been made; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mark Carlisle

Three scrutinies under the guidance of Sir Derek Rayner have been undertaken in my Department, on the administration of the teachers' pension scheme, the administration of student awards, and the Department's statistical service. An action document has been issued following the pensions scrutiny and the findings of the other two are under review.

Mrs. Short

I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for his reply. Is he able to say what the result of the pension scrutiny—which will affect teachers in the private sector—is likely to be? Is he able to give the House any information on the result of the discussions that took place recently with the Minister of State?

Mr. Carlisle

No. I cannot give that information without a specific question being tabled. I am prepared to send a copy of the action document to the hon. Lady. The document sets out a discussion between Sir Derek Rayner and the Minister of State on various aspects of the recommendations.