HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 c393W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the terms of reference of the Gershon public sector efficiency review; and whether that review is able to consider the value for money of different(a) project management methods and (b) financing mechanisms [142227]

Mr. Boateng

The Government have asked Peter Gershon to undertake an independent review of efficiency across public services. He has identified six areas of activity to focus on, and these are the areas that he believes will have the greatest impact on efficiency. They are procurement, back office functions, transactional services, productive time, policy, finance and regulation of the public sector and policy, finance and regulation of the private sector. Further details are set out in the consultation paper which was issued on 20 October, and which was made available to the House on that day.