§ 52. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent measures he has taken or proposes to take to encourage councils and local authority auditors to conduct performance reviews for services.
§ Dr. Boyson
The Audit Commission's auditors regularly review performance of local authorities as part of their statutory duty to make recommendations for improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of services. They have identified vast scope for improvements which I continually encourage councils to make. The authorities which complain most about lack of resources are all too often the ones whose existing services provide poorest value for money.