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Departmental Targets

Volume 447: debated on Friday 16 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to improve reporting of performance against Departmental targets. (76517)

Performance towards achieving the Department’s Public Service Agreement targets, and progress with its efficiency challenge, is reported on twice a year in the spring Departmental Report and the Autumn Performance Report.

This reporting complies with HM Treasury guidelines, and takes account of suggestions for improvement from the Parliamentary Scrutiny Unit, from the Work and Pensions Committee and the National Audit Office.

In addition, the Department reviews the quality of performance reporting on an ongoing basis, and seeks to implement improvements to the accuracy, consistency and coverage of its reporting wherever possible.