HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 cc310-1W
Mr. Maclean

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to measure the efficiency of police forces in order to determine if they have reached his target of a two per cent. efficiency gain. [R] [72719]

Mr. Boateng

Monitoring and review of police efficiency plans from April 1999 will be undertaken jointly by the Home Office, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the Audit Commission. Forces will be expected to demonstrate that they have achieved the two per cent. efficiency gains demanded, and that the resources released have been reinvested to improve delivery of national and local frontline policing priorities. At the end of 1999–2000, efficiency plans will be audited and certified against actual outturn. Ministers will receive regular reports on forces' progress towards achieving the two per cent. target.

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