HC Deb 11 July 1985 vol 82 cc487-8W
Mr. Sayeed

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what further progress has been made on increasing the value for money provided by the Government statistical service along the lines indicated by the White Paper, "Government Statistical Services" (Cmnd. 8236).

Mr. Hayhoe

During the 1984–85 financial year further annual savings of nearly £2 million have been found and the target of £26.5 million given in the White Paper has now been exceeded by some £5 million. That is an excellent achievement. The statistical service continues to seek economies and improve on value for money targets although these are becoming harder to achieve. Future improvements are likely to depend increasingly upon exploitation of computers and some further investment in this area will probably be required.

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