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Departmental Standards

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service agreements in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (266563)

BERR leads delivery of three CSR 07 public service agreements, (PSA 1—Raise the productivity of the UK economy; PSA 6—Deliver the conditions for business success in the UK; PSA 7—Improve the economic performance of all English regions and reduce the gap in economic growth rates between regions), and two PSAs outstanding from SR 04, (PSA 6—Enterprise; and PSA 10—Maximising potential in the workplace.)

Compliance with BERR’s PSAs is measured as progress against a number of indicators. Costs to BERR of measuring progress against these PSAs are as listed. In most cases progress is measured against externally produced data, provided at no cost to BERR.

Progress against the CSR 07 PSA 1 is measured wholly against externally produced data, provided at no cost to BERR.

Costs to BERR of producing data for measuring progress against the CSR 07 PSA 6 are estimated at £66,000 in the last 12 months.

Costs to BERR of processing data for measuring progress against the CSR 07 PSA 7 are estimated at £43 in the last 12 months.

Costs to BERR of producing data for measuring progress against the SR 04 PSA 6 are estimated at £144,550 (excluding VAT) in the last 12 months.

Costs to BERR of producing data for measuring progress against the SR 04 PSA 10 are estimated at £1,000 in the last 12 months.

Total costs to BERR of producing data for measuring progress against these PSAs are estimated at £211,593 in the last 12 months.