HC Deb 16 April 1991 vol 189 c143W
Mr. William Powell

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what performance targets he has set for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in 1991–92.

Mr. Gummer

The chief executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and I have agreed the following targets for 1991–92full cost recovery for the three business activities of licensing, policy work and residues monitoring; 100 per cent. of new licence applications to be issued within 120 clock days; an overall efficiency gain of 2 per cent.

These are more demanding targets than those set in 1990–91 and they reflect the good progress being made by the VMD as a "Next Steps" agency.