§ Mr. Porter
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many official forms his Department issues; and how this compares with 1979.
§ Mr. Whitney
The total number of forms issued to the public and businesses is not recorded.
My Department currently has about 250 different types of forms which are for use by the public or businesses; corresponding figures for 1979 are not available. However, in the first year following the publication of "Administrative Forms in Government" (Cmnd. 8504) in February 1982, 302 forms were reviewed of which 47 were abolished. The review of forms used by the Government is continuing. Figures relating to progress from February this year to April 1984 should be available in May next year.