HL Deb 17 June 1996 vol 573 c1WA
Lord Brabazon of Tara

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the Wilton Park Agency performed against the targets which were agreed for 1995–96; and if targets have yet been agreed for the current year.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

According to provisional figures which are subject to audit Wilton Park exceeded all four of the agreed targets set for the 1995–96 financial year, for the number of conference participants, income, cover recover and cost per head to the FCO overall.

The Wilton Park Departmental Board met in April. We have agreed to the recommendation of the board that the following key targets be adopted for this financial year:

  • To increase overall income from £ 1309K in 1995–96 to £ 1368K.
  • To increase the target for the overall number of Wilton Park conference participants from 1,350 in 1995–96 to 1,500.
  • To reduce the average cost to the FCO to each participant from £ 165 in 1995–96 to £ 160.