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Farming and Rural Conservation Agency: Targets

Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: My right honourable friend the Minister has set the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency the following performance targets for 2000-01.

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Efficiency 1. To deliver a 3 per cent saving compared to 1999-2000. Delivery of Services 2. 92 per cent of work completed to time. 3. 90 per cent of work completed to an "acceptable" or better standard as measured by a structured quality assessment process. 4. Financial Performance To recover from Government Departments and Agencies the full economic cost (calculated according to resource accounting principles) 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.

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science: Targets

Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What targets they have set the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for 2000-01.[HL2283]

Baroness Hayman: My right honourable friend the Minister has set the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science the following performance targets for 2000-01. Delivery of Service 1. To give satisfaction to its customers in the way that outputs are provided taking account of the relevance, timeliness and value for money of outputs and the achievement of ROAME milestones. Quality of Science 2. To make satisfactory progress with the Action Plan resulting from the 1999-2000 Science Audit. Efficiency 3. To achieve the savings forecast in the Efficiency Plan. Financial Performance 4. To recover from Government Departments and Agencies and external customers the full economic costs (calculated according to resource accounting principles) 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.

Central Science Laboratory: Targets

Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What targets they have set the Central Science Laboratory for 2000-01. [HL2284]

Baroness Hayman: My right honourable friend the Minister has set the Central Science Laboratory the following performance targets for 2000-01.

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1. Efficiency To deliver the efficiency targets set out in the Business Plan. Quality and Delivery of Science 2. To review the methodology used for assessing customer satisfaction and undertake a survey in spring 2001 based on the review results. 3. To achieve a minimum of 85% of project milestones in MAFF commissioned projects. Financial Performance 4. To recover the full economic costs (calculated according to resource accounting principles) of its services, after allowing for relocation costs. 5. To operate within 95% and 100% of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.

Unidroit Convention

Lord Renfew of Kaimsthorn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What were their detailed reasons for deciding not to subscribe to the 1995 Unidroit Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects; and [HL2089]

    In view of their decision not to subscribe to the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 Unidroit Convention on the illicit traffic of cultural materials, under what alternative international legal framework they might seek to recover British antiquities recently illicitly excavated and illegally exported such as the Icklingam bronzes; and [HL2091]

    What were their detailed reasons for deciding not to ratify the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Trade of Cultural Property; and whether their two years' consideration of this matter has resulted in any alternative proposals to restrict the illicit trade in cultural property. [HL2090]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: As Her Majesty's Government announced in another place on 7 February 2000, after a lengthy inter-departmental consultation, we concluded that the UK should not become a signatory to the Unidroit Convention due to the conflicts with our current law. We noted that, in order to implement the convention, changes to our limitation periods and to our personal property law would be required, resulting in a special regime for cultural objects and arguably a less generous position for the original, rightful owners of objects which were later stolen. However, Her Majesty's Government have undertaken to consider the possible options for an alternative legislative approach which would share some of the objectives of the Unidroit Convention.

Following representations made by the noble Lord, I also said that I was willing to look again at the difficulties of implementing the UNESCO convention and that we would be looking at a range of options which might form the basis of an alternative approach to the convention.

Welsh Assembly: Draft Protocol on Primary Legislation

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress they have made in composing a protocol with the National Assembly for Wales to deal with issues connected with primary legislation. [HL2167]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The Assembly has agreed a draft protocol and sent it to the Secretary of State for Wales for consideration by the UK Government. This consideration is currently taking place in the light of the experience of the current parliamentary session.

The draft protocol was tabled on 26 January and debated in the Assembly on 2 February; a copy is available on the Assembly's website.

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