HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 c256W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what level of output would constitute a failure to achieve the value for money target as defined in the technical note to the 2002 Spending Review Public Service Agreement on value for money; and if he will make a statement. [91960]

Mr. Alexander

The Public Service Agreement value for money target commits the Cabinet Office to deliver a 2.5 per cent saving year-on- year, on administrative resource, over the 2002 Spending Review period.

It also requires the Cabinet Office to find the 2.5 per cent efficiency saving without any reduction in it's published outputs or outcomes.

The Cabinet Office's aim is to achieve all of its published targets within its agreed expenditure limits. Therefore no specific level of output has been set as the determinant of failure.