HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 cc306-7W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the PSA target to achieve a £23 million saving through a new strategic body for museums, libraries and archives. [46094]

Dr. Howells

The PSA target covers the savings to be realised as a result of restructuring in most of the Department's sectors. An annual saving of £7 million has already been made through the restructuring of the arts, tourism and heritage sectors, and this money has been redirected into front-line services. Further administration savings of £8 to £10 million are forecast from the imminent merger of the Arts Council of England and the Regional Arts Boards. The Department is continuing to work with its non-departmental public bodies, particularly through Quinquennial Reviews, to find further efficiency savings.