HC Deb 30 March 1994 vol 240 c769W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what performance targets she has set for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in 1994–95; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Soames

The chief executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate has submitted his proposals to me and I have agreed that the VMD should be set the following performance targets for 1994–95:

  • full cost recovery for the three business activities of licensing, policy work and residues monitoring;
  • 75 per cent. of new licence applications to be issued within 120 clock days; 95 per cent. within 200 days;
  • an overall efficiency gain of 2 per cent.

These are challenging targets which will build on the improvements already made in the efficiency and quality of service provided 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 the VMD's corporate plan for 1994–95—1996–97, and copies are being placed in the Library of the House and the Public Information Office.