Skip to main content

Search results

Publications

Showing 2011 - 2020 of 2,328 results. Order by:
Cover of report showing prison officer with keys

The Management of Sickness Absence in the Prison Service

“The Prison Service has made good progress in tightening up its procedures for recording sickness absence and now has a better grip on the performance of establishments. The average sickness rate remains high, however. Any reduction in working days lost would free resources which could be used, for instance, to improve regimes for reducing re-offending rates or to deal with the increased number of prisoners being held in custody.

“Further reductions in the average rate of sickness absence among Prison Service staff depend on governors working more closely with staff to improve morale and to overcome a culture of absenteeism prevalent in some prisons.”

Published:
19 May 2004
Report cover showing railway marshalling yard

Network Rail – Making a Fresh Start

“The improvements to planning and cost control are to be welcomed. The outlook is certainly better than it was in 2001. But there are still serious challenges in Network Rail’s own structure and in the rail industry in general which the Government must overcome if we are to see a reliable and affordable rail network in the future.”

Published:
14 May 2004
Cover of report showing construction site

Health and Safety Executive: Improving health and safety in the construction industry

“Construction workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the UK economy. I welcome the recent reduction in the incidence rate of deaths and major injuries. But further and sustained improvements in the health and safety performance of the industry are required. The Health and Safety Executive must be better able to assess and measure the impact of its own strategies for ensuring that the industry takes ownership of its risks and manages them in order to reduce avoidable injuries to people and burdensome costs to the economy.”

Published:
12 May 2004
Report cover showing images of buildings

PFI: The STEPS Deal

Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office today reported to Parliament on the £1.5 billion Strategic Transfer of the Estate to the Private Sector (STEPS) PFI deal entered into by Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise with a private sector consortium known as Mapeley STEPS. The deal incorporates the transfer of the ownership … Read more

Published:
7 May 2004
Report cover image

NHS (England) Summarised Accounts 2002-2003

“Although, overall, the NHS successfully met its financial targets in 2002-2003, I am concerned by the variation in financial performance and the large deficits incurred by some NHS bodies. Such deficits may put at risk the achievement of overall financial balance of the National Health Service if they are not matched by surpluses elsewhere in the NHS.

“The Department of Health has delegated detailed monitoring of NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts to Strategic Health Authorities. They must ensure that deficits of the scale of the £44.6 million incurred by North Bristol NHS Trust do not happen again”.

Published:
28 Apr 2004
Cover of improving public transport through light rail report

Improving public transport in England through light rail

Modern light rail systems, such as Croydon Tramlink and Manchester Metrolink, have brought significant benefits to passengers, according to a report Parliament by the head of the National Audit Office, Sir John Bourn. They deliver fast, frequent and reliable services and provide a comfortable and safe journey. Their modern look and attractive services have enhanced … Read more

Published:
23 Apr 2004
Cover of UK Emissions Trading Scheme report

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme: A New Way to Combat Climate Change

Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, reported today that the Emissions Trading Scheme has brought about a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and that the Scheme has benefited the UK economy. He noted that, whilst some reductions were likely to have happened without the Scheme, most of the reductions were generated … Read more

Published:
21 Apr 2004
Cover of Battlefield Helicopters report

Ministry of Defence – Battlefield Helicopters

“Battlefield helicopters play a vital role in today’s military. We saw this in Iraq where they demonstrated their importance, for example, in supporting the assault to secure the Al Faw peninsula. The MOD is to be congratulated on the improvements made through the Joint Helicopter Command. However, more is to be done if the significant shortfall in helicopter capability is not to limit operations in the future.”

Published:
7 Apr 2004