Mr. Gareth Thomas
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what performance targets he has set for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in 1998–99; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. John Cunningham
I have set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency the following performance targets for 1998–99:
EfficiencyAchievement of an agreed programme of rationalisation
Service Delivery85% of ROAME R&D milestones achieved
Service QualityAchievement of laboratory accreditation for Specified Pathogen Free Hatchery, the Brucella Biohazard Unit and the Protozoology Unit.
Financial PerformanceFull cost recovery for all Veterinary Laboratories Agency services.To operate within the net cash allocation as agreed by the MAFF Management Board.