HC Deb 31 March 1993 vol 222 cc247-8W
Mr. Faber

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made towards establishing the pesticides safety division as an executive agency; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gummer

I am pleased to confirm that pesticides safety division is to be established as an executive agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 1 April 1993, when it will become the pesticides safety directorate.

I have set the directorate the following targets for 1993–94, relating to financial performance, efficiency and the delivery of pesticide approval services.

The financial and efficiency targets will be:

  • 100 per cent. recovery of full costs; and
  • an overall efficiency gain of 2 per cent.

The targets for delivery of pesticide approval services will be:

Type of approval Applications completed Maximum processing time (working days)
Technical secretariat stream
Normal 400 450
Administrative fast 250 20
Fast 370 125
Experimental permits 70 200
Off label (emergency) 150 60
Rapid 75 125
Upgrade 100
Committee stream
Sift 21 120
Active ingredient 15 250–290

For 1993–94, the targets for maximum processing time will apply to 75 per cent. of the applications received in the year. This percentage is planned to increase progressively in future years.

In addition, the scientific quality of the directorate's work on the evaluation of pesticides will be monitored by the chairman of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides.

A copy of the directorate's framework document is being placed in the Library of the House.