§ Mr. Congdon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the plans for the NHS Estates executive agency.
§ Mr. Sackville
We are pleased to report that the National Health Service Estates Management and Health Building Agency (NHS Estates) has had a successful year as an executive agency of this Department. We have agreed the agency's 1993–96 three-year corporate plan and the annual business plan. Targets for 1993–94 are to:
- (i)Deliver all products and services on time and within cost.
- (ii) Review with customers the quality of services provided, frequency and style depending on the nature of the contract terms.
- (iii) increase revenues from the NHS and private sector to 67 per cent. of the cost of services purchased. (100 per cent. in 1995–96).
- (iv) increase income from United Kingdom consultancy services by 5 per cent. to £640,000.
- (v) Untie £725,000 of Agency resources to the NHS (market test) and recover through sales. (Total £1.2 million now, £2.4 million 1995–96).
- (vi) Achieve BS5750 quality assurance accreditation by 31 March 1994.
- (vii) Explore the scope for market testing functions carried out on behalf of the NHS Management Executive by 30 September 1993.
- (viii) Keep within agreed Public Expenditure Survey baselines and additionally make 4 per cent. (£400,000) efficiency savings on the running costs element.
- (ix) Complete relocation of new headquarters to Leeds, saving £1.1 million per annum.
- (x) Co-ordinate an induction and training programme for all staff (75 per cent. of agency staff are new personnel). This will be ongoing and will be incorporated in the appraisal programme.
- (xi) Develop an overall measure of efficiency based on a cost weighted activity index by 1995–96.