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Departmental Public Service Agreements

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his estimate is of expenditure on CSR 2007 Public Service Agreement 1, Raising the Productivity of the UK Economy, in (a) the core Department and (b) those non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible. (242281)

We do not hold this information centrally. In accordance with HM Treasury's financial reporting manual, Government Departments set out their accounts with departmental spend broken down by departmental strategic objectives (DSOs) rather than public service agreement (PSA) outcome.

As PSA 1 is cross-departmental—requiring the work of a number of Departments to contribute towards its achievement—the costs are spread across a variety of Government programmes. As our understanding of the drivers of productivity evolve alongside our understanding of the current global economic climate, the composition of the programmes involved in the PSA's delivery are subject to change. Consequently, Government expenditure is managed at DSO rather than PSA level.