10 Nov 1999
10 Nov 1999
“Customs and Excise deserve credit for deploying resources intelligently so that returns are increased. Their well-focused approach has yielded clear benefits but even more revenue could be brought in by directing greater effort at the highest risk traders”.
24 Nov 1999
“This project well illustrates the learning curve faced by departments and bidders alike in the use of the Private Finance Initiative. The lessons learned should help future deals proceed more quickly and with a clearer demonstration of value for money”.
25 Nov 1999
Lord Chancellor’s Department, Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office: Criminal Justice: Working Together
“Everyone involved in criminal justice agrees that the system cannot function effectively unless all the parties involved work closely together. For this to happen there must be the right structures in place to facilitate co-operation and the right information to enable the system to be managed. Millions of pounds could be saved by reducing the number of ineffective hearings and implementing our recommendations will go a long way to achieving this.”
1 Dec 1999
“The Office of Fair Trading and local authority trading standards services are putting a lot of effort into working together, but they must do more if they are to make “joined-up working” happen in practice and ensure consumers’ interests are protected. The OFT could help further this process by giving trading standards a stronger steer on what the OFT expect from them and what they can expect from the OFT in return.”
8 Dec 1999
Sir John Bourn, the head of the National Audit Office, reported to the Scottish Parliament today that there is scope to improve the responsiveness of accident and emergency ambulance services in Scotland and the impact they have on the healthcare of patients. The Scottish Ambulance Service are responsible for ambulance services across Scotland. Their emergency … Read more
8 Dec 1999
“more could be done to safeguard the value of properties. Better maintenance, higher occupancy and faster sales would help secure better prices when properties become surplus and are sold”.
The National Audit Office makes a number of recommendations including a need for the Agency to:
9 Dec 1999
“The advent of the Internet and World Wide Web challenges all departments to reconsider how they communicate with citizens and organise their business procedures. It offers the potential to achieve very significant improvements in the quality of their services and important financial savings”.
15 Dec 1999
Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, today reported to Parliament that he has qualified his opinions on the above accounts because the Fire Service College could not produce reliable costing information that would confirm whether it had set its fees and charges in accordance with the Treasury Minute which defined the College’s financial objectives.
15 Dec 1999
The Scottish Executive and other Scottish public bodies have responded positively to a range of recommendations arising from value for money work on Scottish matters in the last two years, Sir John Bourn head of the National Audit Office reported to the Scottish Parliament today. Sir John’s report brings together the results of seven previously … Read more
16 Dec 1999