HC Deb 11 March 1992 vol 205 c534W
Mr. Quentin Davies

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what performance targets he has set for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in 1992–93; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gummer

The chief executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate—VMD—has submitted his proposals to me and I have agreed that the VMD should be set the following performance targets for 1992–93:

  • full 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 210 clock days; 80 per cent. within 120 days;
  • an overall efficiency gain of 2 per cent.

These are challenging targets, which will build on the improvements already made in efficiency and quality of service by the directorate since its establishment as a next steps agency, and for which I commend the chief executive and his staff. In addition, I have agreed with the chief executive that the VMD's corporate plan 1992–93 to 1994–95 should be published. Copies are being placed in the Library of the House.

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