§ Mr. Squire
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations in the review of Government statistical services (Cmnd. 8236).
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Savings identified by the review and worth £10 million a year were implemented as planned by April this year. Further savings worth at least £6 million a year will be implemented by April 1984. A few remaining recommendations from the review are still subject to a further study and wider consultation.
Work on establishing a budget framework for Departments' statistical tasks is largely complete. This is enabling changes in statistical activity and expenditure to be monitored and further improvements in efficiency sought.
For this good progress towards a more efficient and effective statistical service thanks are largely due to the efforts of members of the service.