§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what progress his Department has made towards establishing executive agencies; and what is the timetable for completion.
§ Mr. Eggar
On 1 December the Secretary of State announced his intention that the employment service should become a next steps agency from 2 April 1990. The ES is the largest and most important area of Government work to be created as an agency so far, employing over 35,000 staff and with a budget approaching £1 billion.
In line with all other Government Departments, the Employment Department is committed to a rolling review of other areas of work to identify possible agency candidates.