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Public Service Agreement

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Department has taken to publicise its Public Service Agreement targets; and at what cost to public funds. [114441]

Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service included its Public Service Agreement targets in its Target Delivery Report, published in February 2003, and in its Strategic and Business Plans for 2003 and 2006, published in March 2003. Public Service Agreement targets are also included in the annual Departmental Report which will be published very shortly. These documents are available on the Crown Prosecution website.

The inclusion of Public Service Agreement targets in these documents is at no additional cost to public funds.

Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office does not have Public Service Agreement targets but is finalising appropriate targets to cover the Survey 2002 period from 2003–04 to 2005–06. Once agreed they will be published on the official website. The cost to public funds is likely to be under £500.

Treasury Solicitor's Department and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

The Treasury Solicitor's Department is not a main Department and is not, therefore, covered by a Public Service Agreement. However, the Department was required to produce and agree with the Attorney General and HM Treasury a Corporate Plan covering the Spending Review 2002 period. This included new performance targets and for accounting purposes covers the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers and the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.

The Department's Corporate Plan was placed in the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries and on the Department's website. Copies were also made available to all staff through the Department's Intranet. The presentational copies for these purposes were produced in-house at opportunity cost. The only direct cost incurred was £650 for colour photocopying for an additional 60 copies for senior management, other key staff and clients.