§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list(a) those targets of the Ships Support Agency for 1998–99 which (i) were and (ii) were not achieved, giving the factors affecting the outcome in each case and (b) action taken by the agency to improve target achievement performance in 1999–2000; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Moonie
This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Ships Support Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the right hon. and learned Member.
Letter from John Coles to Mr. Menzies Campbell, dated 6 March 2000:I am replying to your question to the Secretary of State for Defence in which you asked for a list of those targets for the Ships Support Agency for 1998–99 which were achieved and those which were not, giving the factors affecting the outcome in each case. You also asked for details of the action taken by the Agency to improve target achievement performance in 1999–2000. This matter falls within my area of responsibility as Chief Executive of the Ships Support Agency.The information that you seek, including a list of the initiatives we are pursuing to improve our performance, is contained in my Agency's Annual Report and Accounts for 1998/99, in particular in the Section entitled Review of Performance. A copy of the report is held in the Library of the House.In addition to the initiatives referred to in the Agency's report, the introduction of Smart Procurement and the establishment within the Agency of a number of Integrated Project Teams will help to streamline the acquisition and support process from cradle to grave. These too are expected to contribute to improvements in performance, if not in 1999–00, then in the following and subsequent financial years.