§ 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.