To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department has spent on staff training and development in each of the last five years. 
The amount of money spent on direct training over the last five years was:
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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from those set out in the public service agreements for 1999 to 2002 and 2001 to 2004; and if he will specify for each target (a) who sets it and (b) who monitors achievement against it. 
Apart from those set out in its PSA, the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies apply the following performance targets:
Six service standards for central Governmentstandards set and, up until 2001, monitored by the Cabinet Office and performance results published in an annual report. Now monitored internally.
Handling of ministerial correspondencestandards set and monitored by the Cabinet Office. Performance results published by means of an arranged PQ.
Code of Practice on Government Informationstandards set and monitored by the Lord Chancellor's Office with performance published in an annual report.
More details about these targets and NIO's performance results can be found in its departmental report, the 2002 version due to be published on 14 June.
Further information on performance targets for our agencies and NDPBs are detailed as follows:
Northern Ireland Prison Service
The Minister sets the key performance targets for the Northern Ireland Prison Service. The Director General is directly accountable to the Minister for the Prison Service's performance. The Director General, through the 'Fraser Figure', provides quarterly reports on performance against key targets to the Minister.
The table gives the targets set for the prison service from 19992000 to 200203 excluding PSA targets.
Key targets 19992000 to 200203
|Key business area||19992000||200001||200102||200203
|Safety||Breaches of order and control do not exceed 7.1 per 100 prisoners.||Number of incidents of assault by prisoners on staff less than five per 100 prisoners||Number of staff assaulted by prisoners is less than a ratio of 6.8 per 100 prisoners||Number of staff assaulted by prisoners is less than a ratio of six per 100 prisoners
|Number of incidents of assault by prisoners on prisoners less than 9.5 per 100 prisoners||Number of prisoners assault by prisoners is less than a ratio 8.8 per 100 prisoners||Number of prisoners assaulted by prisoners is less than a ratio of 8.8 per 100 prisoners
|Regimes and reducing re-offending||50 per cent. uptake on sentence planning in Maghaberry and Magilligan Prisons||50 per cent. uptake on sentence planning in Maghaberry and Magilligan Prisons||60 per cent. uptake on sentence planning Maghaberry and Magilligan Prisons||An average minimum of 70 per cent. of prisoners serving six months or more, including 90 per cent. of life sentence prisoners, is working to a sentence plan
|3 per cent. increase in average constructive activity hours||80 per cent. utilisation of available places in education and workshop||Establish baselines for weekly average hours of constructive activity attendance per prisoner for each prisoner group and set targets and systems of measurement for 200203||An average of at least 18 hours constructive activity per week for each sentenced prisoner
|An average of at least 9.5 hours constructive activity per week for each remand prisoner
|Staff and developing the service||An average minimum of five days development and training per member of staff||An average minimum of five days development and training per member of staff||An average minimum of five days development and training per member of staff. Representation in recruitment competitions of: (a) Women; (b) Roman Catholics; and (c) Other under-represented groups||An average minimum of five days development and training per member of staff. Deliver at least 85 per cent. of the planned training days associated with the agreed corporate training priorities
|Finance, corporate governance and improving business performance||n/a||n/a||Lay annual report and audited accounts before Parliament prior to summer recess||Lay annual report and audited accounts before Parliament prior to summer recess
|Expenditure is within the budget allocated
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Forensic Science Northern Ireland
The agency's key targets are set by the Minister and are published each year in the agency's corporate and business plan. Performance against these key targets is monitored by the NIO as the agency's parent Department. The agency's performance against key targets is published in its annual report and accounts. Both publications are presented to Parliament.
The performance targets for the Compensation Agency are set out in its published corporate plan 200104 and business plan 200102. The key performance targets are set by the departmental Minister and are monitored on a quarterly basis by the Department and reported to the Minister. Outturn against targets are published annually in the agency's annual report and accounts which are laid in Parliament.
Juvenile Justice Board
The Juvenile Justice Board was appointed on a temporary basis in July 2000, pending the creation of a youth justice agency as recommended following a review of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. The board currently operates on the basis of a ministerial strategic steer which it is then required to convert into an agreed action plan. The current programme which covers the period August 2001 to July 2002 includes the following key issues:
Revised assessment procedures.
Updated child protection procedures.
In addition, and in preparation for establishing a purpose-built single centre at Rathgael, the board is also required to develop and further provide:
Staff trainingto ensure that staff have all the necessary skills required to meet the objectives set by the board.
Community projectswhich seek to provide further support for vulnerable young people in the community.
The board has responsibility for on-going monitoring of each of the key action points and formal meetings are held with the Northern Ireland Office at regular intervals to review progress. The Northern Ireland Office retains responsibility for routine monitoring of related expenditure.
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Police Service for Northern Ireland
The performance targets for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (formerly the Royal Ulster Constabulary) from 1999 to 2004 can be found in the following publications:
A Policing Plan for Northern Ireland 19992000 (published by the Police Authority for Northern Ireland)
A Policing Plan for Northern Ireland 200001 (published by the Police Authority for Northern Ireland)
A Policing Plan for Northern Ireland 200102 (published by the Police Authority for Northern Ireland)
Policing Plan 200205 (published by the Northern Ireland Policing Board).
The performance targets are (a) set by the Northern Ireland Policing Board (formerly the Police Authority for Northern Ireland); and (b) achievement is monitored by the Northern Ireland Policing Board and actual performance against targets is contained in the Northern Ireland Policing Board's annual report.
The performance targets for the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland are contained in their corporate plan and annual business plan. The performance targets are (a) set by the Police Ombudsman and (b) achievement is monitored by the Police Ombudsman and actual performance against targets is contained in the Police Ombudsman's annual report which is laid in Parliament.
PBNI Performance Indicators
Performance targets for the Probation Board for Northern Ireland are agreed on an annual basis by the Department on behalf of the Secretary of State in accordance with the Probation Board Management Statement. The management statement has been in place since April 1999 and the following table outlines the performance indicators which have been agreed to date. Achievement of the targets is monitored by the Department at regular overview meetings and at the end of year Ministerial Accountability Review. The targets are set out in the Probation Board annual business plan and achievement levels are recorded in the relevant annual report. Information prior to 200001 is not readily accessible and was in a different format. The targets outlined are those agreed as a result of the development of the management statement.
|Target for 200001||Target for 200102||Target for 200203
|The proportion of induction interviews arranged within five working days of sentence||90||97||98
|The achievement of the agreed standards regarding minimum levels of contact:||
|The proportion of supervision plans (within an agreed sample of 224) written to the agreed standards||80||80||83
|Where breaches of proceedings are appropriate, the proportion commenced within 10 working days of the incident occurring (within an agreed sample of 224)||85||85||87
|The proportion of offenders subject to an active community service order that work an average of five hours or more per week (within an agreed sample of 224)||85||85||87
|The proportion of community service orders that complete their sentence within 12 months||85||95||97
|The proportion of offenders whose risk assessment is reviewed at least every four months||80||85||90
|The proportion of pre-sentence reports or explanatory letters delivered to the courts by the date specified by the court||95||98||99
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