HC Deb 18 November 2003 vol 413 cc836-7W
Mr. Flight

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of(a) setting, (b) monitoring and (c) measuring the performance targets for his Department in 2002–03; and how many and what grades of civil servants monitor these targets. [137956]

Fiona Mactaggart

Performance targets for the Home Office were agreed as part of the Spending Review 2002. The monitoring and measurement of Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets forms part of departmental performance management. Performance management is an integral part of the day to day running of the Department, and as such it is not possible to separate the specific costs out. The monitoring of progress towards, and performance against, the Department's PSA targets is undertaken by a wide variety of staff at all levels of the organisation.

Mr. Flight

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the performance targets that(a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and if he will specify for each target (i) who sets it and (ii) who monitors achievement against it. [137971]

Fiona Mactaggart

Key performance targets for the Home Office were agreed as part of the Spending Review 2002 and the latest set were published in Spending Review 2002: Public Service Agreements 2003–2006 (CM 5571). They have also been published in various Home Office publications, including "Targets Delivery Report" (CM5754), and on the Department's website. The Department monitors progress towards the targets along with Her Majesty's Treasury and the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and progress is reported regularly.

Targets relating specifically to Home Office agencies and executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are set by the Secretary of State for the Home Office and are monitored by the Department, including through meetings between each organisation and Ministers or officials. A list of Home Office-sponsored agencies and executive NDPBs is as follows:

  • Home Office agencies
  • Criminal Records Bureau
  • Forensic Science Service
  • Prison Service Agency
  • UK Passport Agency

  • Home Office executive NDPBs
  • Central Police Training & Development Authority (Centrex)
  • Community Development Foundation
  • Commission for Racial Equality
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • National Crime Squad
  • National Criminal Intelligence Service
  • Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
  • Parole Board
  • Police Complaints Authority
  • Police Information Technology Organisation
  • Security Industry Authority
  • Youth Justice Board

Information on targets, and performance against them, is set out in each organisation's Annual Reports and Accounts, which are laid before Parliament. Information on each organisation, along with links to their individual websites, is also available in the main Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk.

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