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Public Service Agreements

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on co-ordination of progress in the achievement of Public Service Agreement targets by Government departments. (304985)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has ministerial responsibility for public service reform, delivery and performance, including public service agreements (PSAs).

Within the Treasury, the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit (PMDU) co-ordinates, monitors and reports on progress in relation to the achievement of PSAs. The PMDU reports jointly to the Prime Minister and to the Chancellor and works closely with Downing Street, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and a range of other Departments.

As part of their ministerial responsibilities, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Chancellor have ongoing discussions on the co-ordination of progress in the achievement of PSAs by Government Departments.

Progress on PSAs is reported to Parliament in the Departmental Annual Reports and the Autumn Performance Report.