HC Deb 24 February 1997 vol 291 c123W
18. Ms Eagle

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the number of next steps agencies. [15537]

Mr. Bates

We have already reached the original estimate of 75 per cent. of the civil service operating on next steps lines. Preparation is in hand for launching another 14 agencies in April followed by at least another dozen over the coming year. I have placed a list in the Library.