On 27 October 2011 the Government published the Business Plan Quarterly Data Summaries.
This was published alongside Quarterly Data Summaries from departments across Whitehall to provide a quarterly snapshot on how each department is spending its budget, the results it has achieved and how it is deploying its workforce. The data summary template is the same for all departments, though many of the individual indicators are unique to the department (especially input and impact indicators).
The Quarterly Data Summaries follow commitments made at Budget 2011 and the Written Ministerial Statement on Business Plans. Their primary purpose is to make more of the management information currently held by government available to members of the public on a regular basis.
Before using this data people should ensure they take full note of the caveats noted in each Department’s measurement annex. Please note that this data should not be used to make direct comparisons between departments for several reasons. This is because each department is unique and it does not make sense to compare some measures across all departments. Also, many of the measures are not directly comparable because they do not have common definitions, time periods, or data collection processes.
We intend for an annual version of this information to be formally laid in Parliament in the Annual Report and Accounts from July 2012.
The information is presented in excel format to allow the information to be presented in a re-usable format.