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Departmental Standards

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many public service agreement targets his Department has; and of these, how many are targets shared with another Department. (171872)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has lead responsibility for two of the Government’s public service agreements (PSAs) for the period 2008-11:

PSA 2: Improve the skills of the population, on the way to ensuring a world-class skills base by 2020;

PSA 4: Promote world class science and innovation in the UK.

Each of the PSAs is underpinned by six outcome-focused performance indicators. In the case of the Skills PSA, each indicator has a specific target attached. Details of these performance indicators and associated targets can be found in the relevant PSA delivery agreements, copies of which have been placed in the Library.

The key performance indicators for the PSAs are owned by DIUS, but responsibility for delivery of progress against them is shared across a number of Government Departments and other delivery partners. The relevant delivery agreements provide details of the roles of our key delivery partners.

DIUS has an important role to play in delivering progress on many of the Government’s other PSAs, but does not share ownership of any of the targets underpinning them. Details of DIUS’s role in relation to PSAs led by other Government Departments are set out in the associated delivery agreements.