§ 12. Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the steps his Department is taking to reduce management costs.
§ Mr. Fowler
Departmental running costs have been falling in real terms for several years. despite a substantial increase in work load, particularly in social security operations. In the Health Service, between 1980 and 1984, regional health authorities reduced percentage of their resources they spent on management by over 14 per cent.