HC Deb 21 March 2001 vol 365 cc258-9W
Mrs. Humble

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the key performance targets are for the Court Service Executive Agency for 2001–02. [155346]

Jane Kennedy

The table illustrates the key performance targets that the Lord Chancellor has set the Court Service for 2001–02.

Ms Quin

[holding answer 12 March 2001]: MAFF officials are in regular contact with abattoir representatives over the new Licensing for Slaughter scheme and are monitoring prices regularly. Official deadweight price reporting for beef has now been re-established and beef prices have shown a slight decline of up to 3 per cent. It has to be borne in mind that abattoirs have additional costs and up to 50 per cent. reduced throughput to contend with under the new scheme. My right hon. Friend's first priority is to eradicate foot and mouth disease. The Licensing for Slaughter scheme is there to release pressure on producers and get meat supplies moving again. My right hon. Friend has already asked all in the supply chain to behave in a spirit of mutual commercial co-operation. The market situation is being kept under review.

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