HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 cc191-2W
Ms Eagle

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

Mr. Bates

[pursuant to his answer, 24 February 1997, 123]: I regret that the information that 1 gave on the number of agency launches expected in April and the list that I placed in the Library were incorrect. Preparations are in hand for the launch of 10 new agencies and the relaunches of two existing agencies being expanded to take on additional functions. The correct list is as follows:

  • Functions being prepared for launch as next steps agencies in April 1997
  • Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Defence Estates Organisation
  • Defence Medical Training Agency
  • Defence Vetting Agency
  • Employment Tribunals Service
  • Farming and Rural Conservation Agency
  • Fisheries Research Services
  • Forestry Commission Research Agency
  • Government Car and Despatch Agency

The Army Individual Training Organisation is being expanded to take in Army recruiting and the RAF Training Group Defence Agency is being expanded to take in RAF recruiting and selection.

I have arranged for the earlier list to be withdrawn from the Library.