Delivery Unit

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

(1) pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 591W, on the Delivery Unit, whether joint reviews result in the drawing up of action points that departments are expected to take forward;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 591W, on the Delivery Unit, how many joint reviews the Delivery Unit has carried out in each financial year since 2001-02;

(3) pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 591W, on the Delivery Unit, what the subject was of each of the joint reviews;

(4) what criteria are used to decide whether the Delivery Unit conducts a joint review with a department of a particular programme or area;

(5) whether the Delivery Unit produced guidance for its staff on procedures to follow when carrying out joint reviews with other Government departments.

Photo of Hilary Armstrong Hilary Armstrong Minister of State, Cabinet Office, Minister (Cabinet Office) and Minister (Social Exclusion) and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Reports arising from joint reviews conducted by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and Departments are policy advice to the Prime Minister and Ministers. Reports contain advice including recommendations for actions to be carried out by Departments. It is for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State to decide how these should be taken forward.

Since its inception, PMDU has conducted joint reviews with Departments as follows:

2001-02 1
2002-03 5
2003-04 8
2004-05 14
2005-06 14
2006-07 32
2007-08 4

In the past 12 months, PMDU has carried out the following joint reviews with


Home Office

Asset Recovery

Antisocial Behaviour

Reducing Reoffending,

Citizen Focused Policing

Respect Action Plans

High Crime Causing Drug Users

National Offender Management

Non-Custodial Sentences

New Asylum Model

Department's Capability Review.


Primary and Secondary School Standards National Strategy

Teenage pregnancy

Pupil attendance

Pupil behaviour

Targeted Youth Support

Building Schools for the Future

14-19 local delivery policy

Department's Capability Review


18 weeks

Choice of four providers

Practice-based commissioning

NHS reform programme

Childhood obesity

PCT Capability

Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health

Department's Capability Review

Other projects

Access to the Arts

Review of Government Offices

Sustainable Procurement

Cross Government Delivery of Local Area Agreements

Decisions on whether to conduct a review are taken jointly by PMDU and the Department concerned in consultation with No. 10.

PMDU has produced guidance on conducting joint reviews for use in training staff.

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