§ Mr. Alexander
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has any plans to investigate the cost-effectiveness of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service; and when he last did so.
§ Mr. Waddington
The operating costs of ACAS are subject to regular close scrutiny and control by my Department. In ACAS, as in Government Departments, staffing requirements are under constant review. My Department plays a full part in that. Research into the effectiveness of the advisory activities is being carried out by Manchester Business School.