HC Deb 03 May 2000 vol 349 c145W
Helen Jones

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what targets he has set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency for 2000–01. [120978]

Mr. Nick Brown

I have set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency the following performance targets for 2000–01:

Efficiency 1. To deliver the efficiency savings in the Efficiency Plan.

Service Delivery 2. To achieve 85 per cent. of ROAME R&D milestones. 3. To deliver 90 per cent. of export tests to published turnaround times.

Service Quality 4. (a) To achieve UKAS accreditation for appropriate export testing in Laboratory Testing Department. (b) To maintain the current accreditation programme. (c) To improve the VLA teamscore under the EFQM Excellence Model.

Financial Performance 5. To recover the full economic cost (before exceptional items and calculated in accordance with resource accounting principles) of its services. 6. To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.