§ Mr. Eggar
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether a management information and accounting system is in use in his Department; whether the information adduced is received and analysed at ministerial level; whether it is publicly available; and whether any changes are proposed in the coming year.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
A wide variety of management information is prepared and used within my Department and is regularly available at ministerial level as required. In addition, annual exercises such as the public expenditure survey, the review of agriculture, and the common agricultural policy price fixing provide the opportunity for systematically reviewing developments and deciding priorities on a wide front. My Department publishes in particular annual reports on the agricultural development and advisory service, on animal health, and on research and development, in addition to the material available in the public expenditure White Paper, the Supply Estimates and the Appropriation Accounts.
My Department is currently reviewing its requirements for management information and accounts so that it may have a strengthened system that suits its functions.