HC Deb 10 May 2004 vol 421 c67W
13. Jeremy Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact on staffing levels of changes to the budget of the Commission for Racial Equality. [171328]

Fiona Mactaggart

The Home Office, like other public sector bodies, is seeking to improve Value for Money. As part of this, it has set itself a target to generate significant savings in administration costs, for redirection to support front line services, over the next three years.

We have agreed with Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) that, following a successful exercise last year to reduce its budget deficit, its administration costs should be reduced this year by 4.5 per cent., the same percentage as the Home Office. This will have some effect on staffing levels, which the CRE are assessing, but will not effect work to deliver key objectives.

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