HL Deb 21 December 1989 vol 514 cc397-8WA
Lord Nathan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What factors are taken into account when considering whether or not to publish a scrutiny report, and to specify which scrutiny reports have not been published since 1st January 1988, with the reasons in each case.

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Belstead)

I list below the efficiency scrutinies which have been announced in the period from 1st January 1988 to date, indicating where copies of the final report are now publicly available.

The titles of scrutinies carried out in each financial year, in association with the Prime Minister's efficiency adviser and the efficiency unit, are reported to Parliament at the end of the financial year. The Prime Minister's adviser encourages publication of scrutiny reports, particularly where there is public interest in a scrutiny. Decisions on the publication of reports are, however, a matter for the Ministers responsible for the scrutinies concerned. In a number of cases a final decision on publication has yet to be taken. Some unpublished reports concern internal departmental arrangements and are not considered to have any wider public interest. Other reasons not to publish include commercial confidentiality and the use of classified material in a report. If the noble Lord its concerned about any particular scrutiny report, he may like to contact the responsible Minister.

Title of Scrutiny Department Report Publicly Available
Social Security Regional Organisation DHSS Yes
Fraud Investigation (with DE) DSS/DE No
Use of Consultancy Services DSS/DH No
Enforcement of Milk and Dairy Regulations MAFF Yes
Procedures in the Enforcement Office IR No
Scheme for the Sub-Contractors in the Construction Industry IR No
Internal Post IR No
Schedule D Procedures IR No
Arrangements for financing British Forces in Germany MOD No
Non-Nuclear Research Establishments as an Agency MOD No
MOD Support for Military Associated Functions at Schools and Universities MOD No
Defence Accommodation Stores MOD No
Married Quarters in London Area MOD No
FCO/DS Administration and Support Services FCO Yes
Financial Management in Budget Holding Departments FCO No
Administration of Aid-Tying Rules (with DTI) ODA/DTI No
Cash Releasing Cost Improvement Programme in the NHS in Wales WO No
Local Roads Capital Expenditure DTp Yes
Social Security Fraud NIO No
Central Government Statistics CO Yes
DTI Economic Statistics DTI Yes
Departmental Central Services DTI Yes
Administration of the Integrated Tariff C&E Yes
Running Cost Implications of Information Technology C&E Yes
Grants made under Section 11 of the Local Government Act 1986 HO Yes
Magistrates' Courts HO Yes
Government Funding of the Voluntary Sector HO No
Inspection Rating System HSE No
Inward Visits British Council No
Prison Buildings SO No
Control of Administrative Expenditure in NDPBs DOE No
Cost Competitiveness Intiative PSA No
Land Registry NIO Yes