some default text...
Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Evidence


Question 1 Attachment

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Comparison of CSR98 and SR2000 Targets

CSR98 Objective CSR98 PSA/OPA Performance TargetSR2000 Objective SR2000 PSA Performance Target
1.To ensure the security of the United Kingdom; and to promote international peace and stability. Building a modern NATO, adapted to the needs of the new millennium, with successful integration of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. 1.A Secure United Kingdom Within a More Peaceful and Stable World. Where British interests are affected, timely, proportionate and effective international action to promote stability, including strengthened European security through a modernised NATO and an EU military crisis management capacity operational by the end of 2002


  The targets agreed on international security for the 2000 Spending Review period reflect the fact that the international security agenda had moved forward since the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review targets were agreed. The Czech republic, Hungary and Poland joined NATO in 1999.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
2.To improve, through international action, economic opportunities for a prosperous United Kingdom. To improve support for exporters, raise the quality of service, generate additional exports, and enhance the business image of the UK (jointly with DTI). 2.Enhanced competitiveness of Companies in the UK through overseas sales and investments; and a continuing high level of quality foreign direct investment (through British Trade International, shared with DTI). Measurable improvement in the business performance of BTI customers.
  To maintain the United Kingdom as the prime location in Europe for foreign direct investment (jointly with DTI).   Maintain the UK as the prime location in the EU for foreign direct investment.
A single objective covering trade/investment work and international economic work was agreed under the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review. Separate objectives for these activities were agreed under the 2000 Spending Review to reflect the establishment of British Trade International. Under SR 2000 the British Trade International objective remained FCO objective number 2. But a new SR2000 objective. FCO objective number 3, was created to cover the FCO's international economic work.        


  The target for trade work for the 2000 Spending Review period is more outcome-focused than that for the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review period.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
     3.Increased Prosperity for the UK through a Strengthened International Economic Order. Tangible benefits for UK business and the launch of a new broad-based liberalising Trade Round.
The FCO's SR2000 objective number 3 covers the FCO's international economic work, as distinct from the trade/investment work carried out through British Trade International, which is covered by the FCO's SR2000 objective number 2.        
CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
3.To improve quality of life world-wide; and develop a strong international community. Obtaining commitments from 50 more countries to co-operate with the UK in combating drugs, crime, abuse of human rights, and environmental degradation. 4.A strong International Community; Leading to an Improved Quality of Life Worldwide. Improved quality of life around the world on issues of concern to Britain including the environment, human rights, good governance and crime reduction. For example, we shall work to secure the establishment of an international Criminal Court, ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture of 70 per cent of UN Member States, and reform of leading international institutions, so that the UK's objectives are delivered more efficiently and effectively.


  The quality of life targets for the 2000 Spending Review period are more outcome-focused than the targets agreed under the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
4.To increase the impact of and respect for British foreign policy and values. A tend-fold increase in use of FCO Internet websites world-wide. 5.Pivotal Influence Worldwide over Decisions and Actions which affect UK Interests; Positive Foreign Perceptions of the UK; Authoritative, Comprehensive Information on Foreign Issues for UK Decision-takers. Increased UK influence overseas so that the UK's views and interests are taken into account in international decision making. Measures include a 25 per cent increase in UK share of the international higher education student market by 2005 (shared with DfES); and an increase in the global audience of the BBC World Service to 154 million by 2004 (original target now revised upwards to 157 million).
  BBC World service efficiency savings following restructuring of the BBC supplier directorates.     
  British Council to keep overheads as a proportion of turnover below 5 per cent over the period to 2001-02.     


  The public diplomacy objectives and targets agreed for the 2000 Spending Review period are more quantitative and qualitatively different in that they are more outcome-focused than those agreed under the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
5.To ensure the United Kingdom plays a strong role in a strong Europe, responsive to people's needs. A step change in the UK's relations with the rest of Europe, with increasing public support for EU activities. 6.A strong role for the UK in a strong Europe, Responsive to People's Needs. A modern, reformed and enlarged EU in which the UK plays a leading role and whose policies reflect UK political, social and economic priorities and win public support for Europe at home, for example by making the EU ready for enlargement and reforming its institutions.
  Securing agreement on the terms of first phase EU enlargement, accompanied by reform of the CAP and Structural Funds, and institutional arrangements reflecting UK interests, thereby strengthening the UK's trade and political position in Central Europe.     


  As with the targets for SR2000 objectives 4 and 5, above, the targets for objective 6 agreed under the 2000 Spending Review are more outcome-focused than those agreed for objective 5 under the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review. The SR2000 targets also take account of significant developments since the CSR98 targets were agreed, most notably the decisions taken by the Inter-Governmental Conference.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
6.To ensure the protection of British citizens abroad. Delivering effective consular protection overseas, with 98 per cent of Posts meeting Citizens Charter standards for hospital and prison visiting. (Jointly with Home Office.) 7.Effective consular services to British nationals abroad. Improved delivery of effective and efficient consular service to British nationals abroad, including issue of 95 per cent of passports within five working days and access in the UK to overseas travel advice 24 hours a day.


  Targets for consular services for the 2000 Spending Review period are more stretching than those agreed for the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review period. For example, the target for issuing passports within five working days was 94 per cent for 2000-01 but 95 per cent for 2001-02 onwards.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
7.To apply United Kingdom immigration policy overseas. Delivering an effective and faster visa service. 8.Regulation of Entry to, and Settlement in, the UK in the interests of Social Stability and Economic Growth (shared with Home Office). Decisions made within 24 hours on 90 per cent of straightforward non-residence visa applications and within ten working days on non-residence applications requiring interview.


  The headline entry clearance targets for the 2000 Spending Review period were expanded, compared to those agreed under the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review, to include separate specific sub-targets for straightforward non-residence visa applications and non-residence visa applications requiring an interview.

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
8.To ensure the security of United Kingdom Overseas Territories, promote their prosperity, and uphold sustainable development and good government. Securing alignment of financial legislation in the UK's Overseas Territories with international standards. 9.Secure and Well-Governed United Kingdom Overseas Territories Enjoying Sustainable Development and Growing Prosperity. A new partnership between the UK and the overseas Territories embracing constitutional arrangements and citizenship, which yields improved standards of governance, human rights, the environment, sustainable development, and the security of the territories.
  100 per cent of Overseas Territories to have legislation aligned with UK's International Human Rights obligations.     
  Progress towards implementation of the White Paper on Overseas Territories     


  Targets for the Overseas Territories for the 2000 Spending Review period focus on the implementation of commitments made in the 1999 White Paper, "Partnership for Progress and Prosperity".

CSR98 ObjectiveCSR98 PSA/OPA Performance Target SR2000 ObjectiveSR2000 PSA Performance Target
9.To improve operational effectiveness of the FCO. Consolidate Business Units that supply services within the FCO into a Service Organisation to yield efficiency gains.     
  Reduce accommodation running costs in London     
  Make savings through improved procurement procedures.      
  Achieve full cost recovery by the Government Hospitality Fund by 2000-01.     
  Regularly and systematically review services in line with Government policy.     
  Contribute towards meeting the Government's target to reduce civil service sickness absence rates    
  To increase the proportion of business undertaken electronically.     
  To maintain the Government's increased target under the prompt payment code.     
  Prepare a major overseas estate rationalisation programme over five years, to involve disposal, relocation, co-location, construction and refurbishment of properties.     


  Targets on the management of the FCO for the 2000 Spending Review period are included in the FCO's Service Delivery Agreement (available on the FCO website) and not in the Public Service Agreement. This reflected Treasury guidance for SR2000.



 
previous page contents next page

House of Commons home page Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2002
Prepared 14 November 2002