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Met Office: Key Performance Targets

Volume 711: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009


My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Kevan Jones) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Key performance targets have been set for the chief executive of the Met Office for the financial year 2009-10. The targets are designed to drive continued improvements in the agency’s performance and are as follows:

KPT 1:  Forecast Accuracy. To achieve at least three out of the four following forecast accuracy measures: 

maintain the forecasting skill, using the UK Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Index, to 117.0;

improve the forecasting skill, using the Global Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Index, to 138.1;

more skilfully predict whether precipitation will occur at ~150 Met Office observing sites, to achieve a skill score of at least 0.267; and

achieve the UK Cities Automated Temperature Index of at least 0.666.

KPT 2:  Business Profitability. To achieve a business profitability target on a newly agreed basis of £5.3 million.

KPT 3:  Return on Capital Employed. To achieve a return on capital employed (ROCE) of at least 3.2 per cent, in line with Treasury requirements of achieving at least 3.5 per cent, averaged over the period 2009-10 to 2013-14.

KPT 4:  Support to wider HMG Goals. To deliver the outputs of the customer supplier agreements (CSA) for public weather services, Defence and Defra within the tolerances agreed with the customers and defined in the CSAs.