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Departmental Standards

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets apply to his Department's performance in 2008; which targets have been (a) dropped and (b) amended since January 2007; and if he will make a statement. (201133)

The DCSF was responsible for 12 public service agreements (PSAs) from the 2004 spending review, which ended in 2007-08. Over the 2007 comprehensive spending review period, which runs from 2008-09 to 2010-11, my Department has six departmental strategic objectives (DSOs) and leads five cross-governmental PSAs. Details are available on the HM Treasury website at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/3/9/pbr_csr07_ annexd1_189.pdf

and on the DCSF website at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/dsoindicators/

The 12 PSA targets over the 2004 spending review period, which ended in 2008, were underpinned by 20 indicators. Of these, 11 indicators underpin the five PSAs which the DCSF leads over the 2007 comprehensive spending review period. The remaining indicators underpin DSOs or, in the case of PE and school sport, a PSA led by another Department. Full details of the transition will be set out in the forthcoming DCSF departmental report, a copy of which will be placed in the House Library.