§ 31. Mr. Thurnham
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has any plans to make further savings to reduce the projected total running costs of his Department in 1984–85.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
Keeping running costs to the minimum necessary to perform its activities is a continuing objective in my Department. Plans for improving our control over running costs and securing increased cost effectiveness were set out in the White Paper on financial management last year (Cmnd. 9058). As already announced, in July the Government are to publish a further White Paper covering progress on the financial management initiative.