HC Deb 27 February 1996 vol 272 cc509-10W
Mr. Harry Greenway

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to increase understanding overseas of the workings of the citizens charter. [15547]

Mr. Willetts

UK success in public sector reform is recognised internationally. In particular, the citizens charter is an idea that has been adopted, and adapted, in many countries. Australia, Canada, USA, France. Belgium, Portugal. Spain, Israel, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore all have programmes which resemble in substance, though not always in name, the citizens charter initiative.

Interests is still growing as more and more countries, like Argentina, Hungary, South Africa and Kuwait, seek our advice as they develop their own programmes. On current plans, over the next four months, officials will

Mr. Maclean

[holding answer 26 February 1996]: The information requested is not collected routinely. The results from a sample of those convicted of indictable offences in three weeks of 1993 are given in the table.

be providing briefings to representatives of 10 different countries, and will be speaking at four international conferences.

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