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Report cover image showing actors Laurence Olivier and Elisabeth Bergner in the 1936 film version of As You Like It

Improving access to, and information about, the moving image through the British Film Institute

“I am pleased that the number of people engaging with film and moving image culture through the bfi’s activities has increased. The Film Council and the bfi now need to make sure they are heading in the same direction and do more to reach a wider range of people by gaining a better appreciation of what people actually want from the bfi. The development of a clear strategy for the National Film and Television Archive is a high priority, particularly to manage the risk that irreplaceable film might decay before today’s public and future generations have an opportunity to see it.”

Published:
11 Apr 2003
Report cover showing syringes

Procurement of Vaccines by the Department of Health

“On the basis of investigation into the first procurement of smallpox vaccine by the Department of Health, we found no link between the personal donations to the Labour Party by the Chief Executive of PowderJect and the award to his company of the contract to supply the vaccine.

“However, even where national security dictates that the Department of Health cannot follow normal procurement procedures, the Department must still be as transparent as possible. There must be robust protocols for the special procurement procedures which are to be followed so that the Department can demonstrate that it has acted properly and fairly.

“Regarding shortages in the supply of vaccines, the public health consequences may be very serious indeed. The Department faces a challenge in ensuring vaccine supplies where the number of suppliers is diminishing and some suppliers enjoy a near monopoly, resulting sometimes in increased prices. The Department should define its long-term strategy for ensuring adequate vaccine supplies as a complement to its short-term handling arrangements to deal with vaccine shortages.”

Published:
9 Apr 2003
Report cover image showing a truck and the prison service logo

Modernising Procurement in the Prison Service

“The Prison Service has done well to improve its purchasing of goods and services in recent years. But further financial savings can be achieved by streamlining procurement activities, reducing stock levels and maximising the benefits of the Service’s purchasing power through central contracts and locally negotiated contracts covering several prisons. The weaker performing prisons need to learn from the success of the best.”

Published:
4 Apr 2003
Report cover showing a fish catch

Fisheries Enforcement in England

“The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has improved the effectiveness of enforcement: for example, by requiring larger vessels to land at designated ports to make it easier to target inspections. The low chance of prosecution and the potentially high gains, however, may encourage illegal catches and landing of fish, undermining conservation policies.

“Continuing threats to fish stocks highlight the need for effective enforcement methods, as recognised by the recent reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy agreed by European Union Ministers which seek to tighten controls in all member states.”

Published:
3 Apr 2003
Report cover image showing an open door and the Community Fund logo

Community Fund: Review of grants made to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns

“The Community Fund’s grant to the NCADC was entirely consistent with its stated policies and was therefore not improper. However, the grant may have been less controversial if the Fund had made a wider assessment of the organisation’s activities in the first place. This would have allowed it to specify additional conditions at that stage.”

Published:
2 Apr 2003
Report cover image showing soldiers, a helicopter, war veterans and a graveyard

Improving Service Delivery: The Veterans Agency

“These reports get to the heart of one of the Government’s key objectives: improving the delivery of public services. We have found many examples of good practice in the organisations we have examined in detail. We have brought these together into one report so that agencies can learn from the success of others.”

Published:
28 Mar 2003