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Public Service Agreements

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public service agreement targets were set for the national health service by the Treasury and her Department since 1997. (116824)

Public service agreements (PSA) are agreed between HM Treasury and the Department as part of the spending review process and the Department is accountable for reporting to HM Treasury on progress against the PSA targets set.

Since 1997, HM Treasury has set the Department the following PSAs spread over four spending review periods:

PSA targets

1999-01

34

2001-04

10

2003-06

12

2005-08

8

Prior to the 1999 Spending Review period, the Department was working under the “Our Healthier Nation” framework, published in 1996, which contained 27 targets.