Government Departments: Staffing

House of Lords written question – answered at on 24 February 2009.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Statement repeated by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 25 November 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1368—70) which stated that the Department for Work and Pensions "reduced its staffing by 31,000 and has increased productivity overall by 12 per cent, as confirmed by the National Audit Office", whether they have plans for other departments to do likewise; and, if so, whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be required to participate in such plans.

Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

Having already delivered £26.5 billion of savings through the Gershon efficiency programme, over the next three years all departments will go further and achieve additional efficiency savings, including Defra which will deliver more than £379 million of value-for-money savings by 2010-11. Departments are responsible for achieving their savings and there is no central workforce reduction target.

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