§ Mr. Maxton
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Logistics Support Services (RAF) Agency. 
§ Mr. Doug Henderson
The roles and responsibilities of the organisations involved in the provision of integrated logistic support to new projects and in-service equipments in the RAF have been reviewed in order to streamline process, remove duplication and overlap and implement efficiencies.
- a. combining two related functional areas already located in Glasgow into a single business unit;
- b. transferring related work form RAF Logistics Command at RAF Wyton to the new business unit in Glasgow;
- c. brigading all integrated logistic support activities within an enlarged Logistic Support Services (RAF) Agency but with constituent elements remaining at their current locations.
The net effect of these changes is to save 43 posts at a saving of just over £ 1 m per year. In doing so, and from 1 April 1999, the Defence Codification Agency (DCA) in Glasgow will cease to be a separate Defence Agency and be absorbed into the Logistic Support Services Agency (RAF).
Key targets for the Logistic Support Services (RAF) Agency for the financial Year 1999–2000 are:
- To produce 85 per. cent of all deliverables by the target date agreed with the sponsor.
- To deliver 80 per. cent of all outputs at the cost agreed with the sponsor.
- To produce 90 per. cent of all deliverables to the sponsor's complete satisfaction.
- To achieve a 3 per. cent reduction in the cost of a productive hour.
Copies of the revised Framework Document and Corporate Plan for the Agency will be placed in the House Library.