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DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Next Steps Agencies

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the Next Steps Agencies currently in operation, indicating the number of civil servants employed in each. [3736]

Dr. David Clark: The Next Steps Agencies currently in operation and the number of civil servants employed in each is set out in the table.

Total civil servants working in Agencies and on Next Steps lines (including Northern Ireland Civil Service and Forestry Commission)

AgenciesNumber of civil servants(1)
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency845
Army Base Repair Organisation2,950
Army Base Storage and Distribution Agency3,695
Army Individual Training Organisation4,410
Army Personnel Centre1,270
Army Technical Support Agency800
Business Development Service245
Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments180
CCTA175
Central Office of Information305
Central Science Laboratory520
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science410
Civil Service College230
COASTGUARD655
Companies House800
Compensation Agency110
Construction Service625
Court Service9,200
Defence Analytical Services Agency115
Defence Animal Centre60
Defence Bills Agency655
Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency530
Defence Codification Agency145
Defence Dental Agency110
Defence Estate Organisation1,170
Defence Evaluation and Research Agency12,220
Defence Intelligence and Security Centre105
Defence Medical Training Organisation80
Defence Postal and Courier Services Agency330
Defence Secondary Care Agency585
Defence Transport and Movements Executive140
Defence Vetting Agency55
Disposal Sales Agency65
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency3,500
Driver and Vehicle Licensing (Northern Ireland)235
Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency290
Driving Standards Agency1,940
Duke of York's Royal Military School100
Employment Service29,180
Employment Tribunals Service625
Environment and Heritage Service310
Farming and Rural Conservation Agency435
Fire Service College215
Fisheries Research Services205
Forensic Science Service1,185
Forensic Science Service of Northern Ireland120
Forest Enterprise2,585
Forestry Commission Research Agency310
Government Car and Despatch Agency225
Government Property Lawyers105
Government Purchasing Agency65
Health Estates120
Highways Agency1,550
Historic Royal Palaces Agency445
Historic Scotland585
HM Land Registry7,865
HM Prison Service37,705
Industrial Research and Technology Unit150
Insolvency Service1,285
Intervention Board975
Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre135
Land Registers of Northern Ireland210
Logistic Information Systems Agency165
Marine Safety Agency315
Meat Hygiene Service795
Medical Devices Agency120
Medical Supplies Agency215
Medicines Control Agency390
Meteorological Office2,085
Military Survey705
Ministry of Defence Police3,730
National Savings4,290
National Weights and Measures Laboratory50
Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation1,535
Naval Bases and Supply Agency9,170
Naval Manning Agency85
Naval Recruiting and Training Agency1,580
NHS Estates145
NHS Pensions Agency365
Northern Ireland Child Support Agency910
Northern Ireland Prison Service2,995
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency120
Office for National Statistics2,895
Ordnance Survey1,810
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland175
Patent Office710
Pay and Personnel Agency900
Pesticides Safety Directorate195
Planning Inspectorate630
Planning Service380
Property Advisers to the Civil Estate200
Public Record Office430
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland60
Public Trust Office550
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre50
Queen Victoria School70
Radiocommunications Agency510
RAF Logistics Support Services445
RAF Maintenance Group Defence Agency4,455
RAF Personnel Management Agency215
RAF Signals Engineering Establishment565
RAF Training Group Defence Agency2,135
Rate Collection Agency235
Registers of Scotland1,065
Rivers Agency460
Roads Service2,140
Royal Mint985
Royal Parks Agency220
Scottish Agricultural Science Agency125
Scottish Court Service815
Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency255
Scottish Office Pensions Agency155
Scottish Prison Service4,510
Scottish Record Office120
Security Facilities Executive575
Service Children's Education750
Ships Support Agency2,300
Social Security Agency (Northern Ireland)4,630
Social Security Benefits Agency72,005
Social Security Child Support Agency7,860
Social Security Contributions Agency7,380
Social Security Information Technology Services Agency1,930
Social Security War Pensions Agency1,195
Student Awards Agency for Scotland120
The Buying Agency135
Training and Employment Agency (Northern Ireland)1,180
Treasury Solicitor's Department375
UK Hydrographic Office745
United Kingdom Passport Agency1,405
Valuation and Lands Agency280
Valuation Office4,375
Vehicle Certification Agency75
Vehicle Inspectorate1,460
Veterinary Laboratories Agency985
Veterinary Medicines Directorate100
Water Service2,180
Wilton Park35
Crown Prosecution(2)5,665
HM Customs and Excise(2)23,070
Inland Revenue(2)50,045
Serious Fraud Office(2)165
Total staff385,695

(1) April 1997 figures for civil servants including Northern Ireland and Forest Enterprise on the basis of full-time equivalents. Casuals are excluded. Figures are founded to the nearest five.

(2) Departments operating fully on Next Steps lines. Staffing figure for Inland Revenue excludes the Valuation Office.


18 Jun 1997 : Column: 160

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of civil servants have been employed by Next Steps Agencies in each of the years since their establishment; and if he will make a statement. [3734]

18 Jun 1997 : Column: 161

Dr. Clark: The figures show the number and the percentage of Home Civil Servants working in Next Steps Agencies and on Next Steps lines as at 1 April of each year from 1 April 1988 to 1 April 1997.

YearNumber of home civil servants working in Agencies and on Next Steps lines as at 1 AprilProportion of home civil servants working in Agencies and on Next Steps lines as at 1 April (per cent.)
198800
19895,8441
1990155,66027
1991206,87037
1992291,96951
1993240,03661
1994339,62163
1995345,34267
1996350,40871
1997364,56377

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Next Steps Agencies have been in operation in each of the years since their establishment; and if he will make a statement. [3735]

Dr. Clark: The first Next Steps agency was set up in August 1988. The figures listed show the number of Next Steps Agencies which have been in operation since 31 December 1988 and in each year to 31 December 1996.

YearNumber of Agencies as at 31 December
19883
198910
199034
1991(3)57
1992(4)78
1993(4)94
1994(4)104
1995(4)111
1996(4)131

(3) Figure includes HM Customs and Excise which is a department operating fully on Next Steps lines.

(4) Figure includes HM Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue which are departments operating fully on Next Steps lines.


Mr. Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the efficiency of the Next Steps Agencies; and if he will make a statement. [3732]

Mr. Clark: In the first instance, it is for the Minister responsible for each particular agency to ensure that it is operating efficiently and the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review will help this process. In addition, agencies submit their proposals on efficiency as part of the efficiency planning process and in the 1996 Next Steps Review published in March, there is a great deal of comparative data for agencies including an evaluation of their performance against their efficiency targets. We are committed to providing government which costs less and delivers more which includes Next Steps agencies operating efficiently by emphasising the need for training and enhancing the use of benchmarking and target setting.

18 Jun 1997 : Column: 162

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what action he proposes to reform the Next Steps Agencies; and if he will make a statement. [3733]

Dr. Clark: The Government will continue to develop Next Steps Agencies by improving performance and efficiency in order to deliver high quality services.


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