§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the reasons for the treatment936W of RAF Logistic Support Services as a conventional management grouping for financial year 1999–2000; and why no accounts direction was given. 
§ Mr. Boateng
The RAF Logistics Support Agency was under the control of the Chief of Defence Logistics from 1 April 1999 and was integrated with other Defence logistics organisations in 1999–2000 to form the Defence Logistics Organisation. It ceased to be a Defence agency on 31 March 2000. In the light of these changes, and with the agreement of the NAO, the Agency was treated as a conventional management grouping in 1999–2000. No accounts directions were or are given by HM Treasury to such management groupings which are, therefore, not required to produce separate accounts. However, the Agency was included in the Department's Resource Accounts for 1999–2000 which were subject to an accounts direction and were audited by the NAO.