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Public Service Agreements

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which statistics are used to determine whether his Department’s Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets have been met, broken down by PSA target; and which of these are classified as national statistics. (115342)

[holding answer 15 January 2007]: Defra’s latest performance against its PSA targets, along with supporting statistics, was published in the Department’s Autumn Performance Report, in December 2006. More detail can be found at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/apr/apr2006.pdf

Defra’s Public Service Agreement incorporates technical notes which contain information about the statistics used to monitor progress towards meeting the Department’s PSA targets. The Agreement can be accessed using the following URL:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/busplan/tn.pdf

Further details of how the Department measures performance against its 2004 Spending Review PSA targets can also be found at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/busplan/measuring performance-0612.pdf

A report by the independent Statistics Commission entitled ‘PSA Targets: the Devil in the Detail,’ which was published on 20 March 2006, contains an independent analysis of each Department’s PSA targets. Copies of that report are available in the Library of the House and can also be accessed using the following URL:

http://www.statscom.org.uk/C_467.aspx