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Performance Targets

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the performance targets that (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and if he will specify for each target (i) who sets it and (ii) who monitors achievements against it.[120808]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's key performance targets are contained in its Public Service Agreements (PSA) for SR2000 (2001–04) and SR2002 (2003–06). The text of these agreements are contained in "Spending Review 2000: Public Service Agreements 2001–2004" (Cm 4808, July 2000) and "Spending Review 2002: Public Service Agreement targets 2003–2006" (Cm5571, July 2002).Progress against the FCO's PSA targets is monitored by the FCO, using a combination of internally-generated management information, and through a series of scorecard measures agreed with HM Treasury. Annual performance is reported in the FCO's Departmental Report.The following public bodies sponsored by the FCO have performance targets:

BBC World Service (including BBC Monitoring) (public corporation)

Targets for the BBC World Service are included in the FCO's PSAs, scorecards to the FCO's PSAs, and in the BBC World Service's annual report on output and performance measures. Targets are set by the FCO in consultation with the World Service. Progress is monitored by the FCO.

Targets for BBC Monitoring are set out in scorecards to the FCO's SDA. Additional key performance indicators/targets are set out in BBC Monitoring's corporate plan. These key performance indicators and targets are set by the FCO and other stakeholders in BBC Monitoring (Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and BBC World Service) in consultation with BBC Monitoring, and achievement is monitored by the stakeholders.

British Association for Central and Eastern Europe (executive non-departmental public body)

Performance targets for the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe are set out in its Corporate Plan. The Corporate Plan, proposed by the association, is agreed and monitored by its Governing Body.

British Council (executive non-departmental public body)

The British Council's annual corporate plan summarises the British Council's key operational and financial targets for the year. Progress against its targets is monitored by the British Council and the FCO.

The Great Britain-China Centre (executive non-departmental public body)

The Great Britain-China Centre has annual objectives which are included in its corporate plan. These objectives are set and progress against them monitored by the Great Britain-China Centre board in conjunction with the FCO.

Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (advisory non-departmental public body)

The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission's corporate plan contains annual performance targets. The plan is approved, and progress against its targets monitored, by the FCO.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (executive non-departmental public body)

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy's performance targets are set through a consultative process between the FCO and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy's executive and board. Progress against targets is formally monitored quarterly by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy's board, which is attended by the FCO.

Wilton Park (Executive Agency)

A target for percentage of respondents who rate Wilton Park's conference programmes highly is set out in a scorecard to the FCO's SR2000 PSA. A number of additional targets for Wilton Park are incorporated into Wilton Park's Corporate Plan and information on its performance against them is in its annual report. These additional targets are set by the FCO-led Wilton Park Departmental Board, in consultation with Wilton Park, and achievement is monitored by the Departmental Board annually.

Wilton Park Academic Council (advisory non-departmental public body)

The Wilton Park Academic Council is required to endorse Wilton Park's contribution to the promotion of understanding and the solution of global problems and it produces an annual report on its work.

Britain-Russia Centre

The Britain-Russian Centre ceased to be an FCO executive non-departmental public body on 1 April 2003.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the Public Service Agreement targets for his Department which have been (a) revised and (b) introduced since the publication of the 2002 Departmental Report. [120870]

The FCO agreed a new set of PSA targets for 2003–04 to 2005–06 under the 2002 Spending Review (SR2002). These targets were set out in the White Paper, "Spending Review 2002: Public Service Agreement Targets 2003–06" (Cm5571, July 2002). They came into effect in April 2003.

The table at Appendix K (pages 183–87) in the FCO's 2003 Departmental Report shows the relationship between the FCO's SR2002 and SR2000 PSA targets.