HC Deb 15 December 1999 vol 341 cc219-20W
Dr. Godman

To ask the Prime Minister if he has received the substantive report on progress in modernising the Civil Service which was promised in the "Modernising Government" White Paper; and if he will make a statement. [102987]

The Prime Minister

I am very pleased to be able to report that the Head of the Home Civil Service, Sir Richard Wilson, has sent me his report on Civil Service reform.

The world in which the Civil Service operates is changing. Information technology, the media, electronic communications, Europe, modernisation of the

Northern Ireland under control of the GOC but are not currently deployed to the Province.

Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Irish Regiment patrols were(a) accompanied by the RUC and (b) unaccompanied in the last month for which figures are available. [101869]

Mr. Spellar

The number of Royal Irish Regiment patrols accompanied by a member of the RUC and those unaccompanied for the month of November 1999 are set out in the table:

constitution, and public demand for higher quality services are all changing fast, and the Civil Service needs to change too.

Sir Richard and his colleagues have set out an excellent and exciting programme, which I fully endorse. It is designed to ensure that the Civil Service is fully equipped to deliver the Modernising Government agenda, and to meet the challenges of the 21st century. A Modernisation Fund of £100 million over two years has been set up to support the programme. Sir Richard and his colleagues will be leading these changes with the full support of the Government and, I hope, the House. I would like to pay tribute to the quality of the Civil Service. I believe that a sign of this quality is the fact that the Service has recognised for itself the need for further improvement and is now driving forward such an ambitious programme of reform. A copy of the Report has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

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