HC Deb 31 March 1993 vol 222 c317W
Mr. Kynoch

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the performance of the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency against its targets for 1992–93 and the setting of targets for 1993–94.

Mr. Lang

The agency has very largely achieved the key performance targets for 1992–93, the first year of its operation, which I set out in my answer of 9 March 1992 at column397.

For 1993–94 I have set the agency the following key performance targets. completion of 95 per cent. of all scientific tests and analyses within the timescale set by the customers; evaluation of quality assurance schemes for all major services leading to candidature for accreditation during 1994–95; improvement of the quantitative indices of performance of the Agency (ie its unit costs) by at least 1.5 per cent.; recovery of full economic costs for charged services; formal consultation of the views of all customers on the quality of the work done by the Agency in 1993–94; completion of the first annual cycle of the accruals accounting system developed in 1992–93.