§ 64. Mr. David Howell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now instruct Departments to adopt modern systems of planning, programming and budgeting, and consequently to submit all future estimates on the basis of functions, or groups of related activities, rather than in the traditional administrative categories.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
I would refer the hon. Member, in respect of planning, programming and budgeting systems, otherwise known as output budgeting, to the replies which I gave to the right hon. Member for Wallasey (Mr. Marples) on 23rd May and 11th June. I am considering whether it is practicable to recast the Estimates to make them more informative, but this raises wider issues for both Parliament and the Government.—[Vol. 765, c.132–3; Vol. 766, c.15.]