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Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what targets his Department has set to (a) improve the international performance of the UK research base and (b) increase the overall innovation performance of the UK economy. (232397)

The Government published the delivery agreement for its public service agreement for world class science and innovation alongside the comprehensive spending review in 2007. This sets out the Government's objectives over the three year period from 2008-09 to 2010-11. Alongside other indicators by which progress will be measured, the public service agreement includes ambitions to maintain and improve (a) the percentage share of UK citations in leading scientific journals; and (b) the percentage of UK businesses with 10 or more employees that are innovation active.