§ Mr. Pickles
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many(a) best value performance indicators and (b) Social Service Inspectorate performance indicators there are for which local authorities must provide information to central Government. 
§ Mr. Leslie
The Government require local authorities to provide information on a range of best value performance indicators. Details of the number which, were set from 2000–01 to 2003–04 are set out in the table, together with the overall change in the number of Audit Commission and best value performance indicators since 2000–01769W
My right hon. Friend the member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) asked the 150 local authorities with responsibility for social services to provide information on 50 high-level social services performance assessment framework indicators in 2002–03 and will do so for 50 indicators in 2003–04. A total of 13 of the social services performance assessment framework indicators are also included in the best value set for 2003–04.
The Social Services Inspectorate does not set performance indicators but instead uses them along with other information to inform assessments of local authorities' performance on delivering social services.