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Pesticides Safety Directorate

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: We have set the Pesticides Safety Directorate the following performance targets for 1999-2000.

Quality of Service

1. To deliver the throughput of applications and processing times set out in the table that follows this list.

2. To deliver high quality policy advice to Ministers and respond to their policy objectives.

3. To deliver high quality scientific work.

4. To conduct a customer satisfaction survey and respond positively to the results.

People

5. To maintain Investors in People accreditation.

Efficiency

6. To develop new efficiency indicators that will apply from 1 April 2000.

Financial Performance

7. To recover from industry and government the full economic cost (calculated according to accruals accounting) of its services.

8. To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.

New Substances and Reviews

Application TypePlanned receiptsPlanned completionsProcessing time (weeks)
New Active Substances
Sift131621
Evaluation201252
Reviews--UK
UK anticholinesterase review programme--full reviews284--
Other UK review activity1724--
Reviews--EC
EU rapporteur reviews------
Position on Annex 1 decisions2015--
Total987190%*

The figures for New Substances and Reviews are based on work in hand and forecasts from Industry and the Commission.

* Overall target--90% of applications with a stated processing time must be completed within that time.


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Technical Secretariat

Application TypePlanned receiptsPlanned completionsProcessing time (weeks)
Normal32037040
Departmental Normal101050
Experimental Permit5526
Departmental Experimental Permit5550
Extrapolated Experimental Approval101015
Emergency Off Label252512
Non-emergency Off Label504034
Fast27030015
Administrative Fast5505504
Post Annex 1 Approvals5555--
Mutual Recognition55--
Other550--
Total1,3101,426--
Total of Tables 1 & 21,4081,49690%*

* Overall target--90% of applications with a stated processing time must be completed within that time.


Central Science Laboratory

Lord Monkswell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What performance targets they have set the Central Science Laboratory for 1999-2000.[HL2273]

Lord Donoughue: We have set the Central Science Laboratory the following performance targets for 1999-2000. Efficiency 1. To develop new efficiency indicators that will apply from 1 April 2000. Delivery of Science 2. At least 92 per cent. of work completed to time and within budget. 3. Achieve a mean score of 3.5 on a scale of 0 to 5 for the assessment of customer satisfaction using the established methodology. 4. Proportion of project milestones achieved to be at or greater than 82 per cent. (MAFF commissioned projects). Financial Performance 5. To recover the full economic costs (calculated according to accruals accounting) of its services, after allowing for relocation costs. 6. To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.

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Meat Hygiene Service

Lord Orme asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What performance targets they have set the Meat Hygiene Service for 1999-2000.[HL2267]

Lord Donoughue: We have set the Meat Hygiene Service the following performance targets for 1999-2000. Operational and service delivery 1. To control specified risk material

To take all measures necessary to ensure full compliance in licensed premises with Specified Risk Material Regulations 1997 and other related statutory instruments. 2. To maintain the formal training programme for staff in HAS

To ensure that all MHS contract and employed OVSs have received formal training in HAS by the end of the year. 3. To raise HAS scores

To ensure that at the end of 1999-2000 on a rolling three-month average at least 93 per cent. of licensed premises achieve HAS scores of more than 65 and that 75 per cent. of all licensed premises achieve HAS scores of more than 70. 4. To implement strictly the MHS clean livestock strategy

To implement strictly the Clean Livestock Policy by ensuring that the percentage of cattle and sheep allowed to be slaughtered under special precautions in categories 3 and 4 is below 10 per cent. of those initially rejected over the course of the year (category 5 animals may not be slaughtered for human consumption). 5. To ensure a strict prohibition on faecal contamination

To ensure a strict prohibition on carcases showing any faecal contamination being health-marked for human consumption. 6. Animal Welfare

To ensure that the Welfare at Slaughter and Killing Regulations 1995 are enforced in licensed slaughterhouses and to maintain effective monitoring of compliance; to carry out an animal welfare survey in all slaughterhouses by the end of the year. Efficiency 7. To develop new efficiency indicators that will apply from 1 April 2000. Financial Performance 8. To charge costs to industry

To charge plant operators the recoverable costs (calculated in accordance with the relevant legislation and accruals accounting and Industry Charges Guide) of providing the statutory health inspection at fresh meat premises.

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9. To recover full costs from government

To recover from government departments, agencies and the Intervention Board the full economic costs (calculated in accordance with the relevant charging legislation and accruals accounting) of providing agreed services or other work undertaken on their behalf. 10. To comply with cash restraints

To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Lord Orme asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What performance targets they have set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency for 1999-2000.[HL2269]

Lord Donoughue: We have set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency the following performance targets for 1999-2000. Efficiency 1. To develop new efficiency indicators that will apply from 1 April 2000. Service Delivery 2. To achieve 85 per cent. of ROAME R&D milestones. Service Quality 3. To achieve NAMAS accreditation for rabies serological testing and GLP approval for the small animal accommodation. Financial Performance 4. To recover the full economic cost (before exceptional items and calculated in accordance with accruals accounting) of its services. 5. To operate within 95 per cent. and 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Lord Orme asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What performance targets the have set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 1999-2000.[HL2268]

Lord Donoughue: We have set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate the following performance targets for 1999-2000. Safety and Quality 1. To provide high quality scientific assessment work. 2. To provide high quality policy advice to Ministers.

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3. To enter Suspected Adverse Reactions Surveillance Scheme (SARSS) reports on to the database as follows:


    Human SAR reports: within 2 working days


    Serious animal reports: within 2 working days


    Non-serious animal reports: within 10 working days. 4. To report to the Veterinary Products Committee each quarter reviewing trends in SARSS reports and identifying areas requiring evaluation. 5. To collect 100 per cent. and analyse at least 95 per cent. of the samples collected in the national residues surveillance plan. Standards of Service 6. 100 per cent. compliance with timetables for centralised and decentralised authorisation procedures (including Maximum Residue Limits). 7. 92 per cent. of new marketing authorisations to be determined or referred to VPC within 120 clock days. 8. 100 per cent. of new marketing authorisations to be determined within 210 clock days. 9. 100 per cent. of valid variation applications to have first assessment by 75 clock days and to be determined by 150 clock days. 10. 100 per cent. of valid renewal applications to have first assessment by 90 clock days and to be determined by 180 clock days. Efficiency 11. To develop new efficiency indicators that will apply from 1 April 2000. Financial Control 12. To recover from industry and government the full economic cost (calculated according to accruals accounting) of each of its main business activities of:


    licensing and surveillance


    policy work


    residue monitoring. 13. To operate within 95 per cent. to 100 per cent. of allocations by MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.


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