§ Miss Geraldine Smith
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what performance targets he has set for the Pesticides Safety Directorate for 1998–99; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. John Cunningham
I have set the following targets for the Pesticides Safety Directorate in 1998/99.252W
Quality of ServiceTo meet the throughput and processing time targets set out in the table below.To deliver high quality policy advice to Ministers and to represent them effectively.To deliver scientific work of recognised high quality.
Financial PerformanceTo recover from industry and Government the full economic cost (calculated according to accruals accounting) of its service.To operate within MAFF's net cash allocation agreed for PSD by MAFF's Management Board.
Throughput and processing time targets: Application Stream Planned completions Processing time (weeks) New Substances (Notes 1,2) Sift 15 22 Evaluation UK 6 52 EU 8 52 Reviews (Note 3) Full — — Other 26 — European Non-UK rapporteur monographs 20 — Technical Secretariat (Notes 1,2) Normal 370 41 Fast 400 17 Extrapolated Experimental 10 16 Approval 5 26 Experimental Permit 15 12 Emergency Off Label 40 34 Non-emergency Off Label 15 52 Departmental 550 4 Administrative Fast 45 — Other — Total 1,525 —
1. 90 per cent. of applications are covered by the processing time targets except the sift where the figure is 100 per cent.
2. Completed applications have no outstanding actions eg approval issued or application refused.
3. For UK reviews, completion is when all 5 regulatory Departments have given approval.