HC Deb 13 November 2003 vol 413 cc422-3W
21. Mr. Boswell

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he intends to take to improve independent evaluation of compliance with Government economic targets. [138347]

Ruth Kelly

The Government's key economic targets are contained within the Treasury's latest Public Service Agreement (PSA), agreed as part of the 2002 Spending Review (SR2002). The Technical Note for these targets, published on the HM Treasury website, sets out exactly how performance will be judged, and the National Audit Office will validate the data systems underpinning each of the SR2002 PSA targets at least once during its lifetime. Furthermore, many of the key data used to measure performance against these targets are published as National Statistics, and thus compiled in accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice.

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