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How they propose to monitor, measure and inform the public about progress towards the Health of the Nation targets, taking into account the influence of specific social and economic factors.
Baroness Jay of Paddington: On 7 July, my honourable friend the Minister for Public Health outlined our plans for the Health of the Nation in her speech to a Health Strategy Conference. A copy of the speech has been placed in the Library. We shall publish a Green Paper on Our Healthier Nation in the autumn.
The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The table below sets out the performance achieved by Regional Service Centres against the targets set in Commitment to Service, second edition.
|Arable Area Payments Scheme||Main payments||99|
|Beef Special Premium Scheme||Advance payments (1996)||98|
|Balance payments (1995)||99|
|CID applications issued (1996)||99|
|Premium paid CIDs issued (1996)||99|
|Suckler Cow Premium Scheme||Balance payments 1995||99|
|Advance payments 1996||99|
|Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances||Claims 1996||97|
|Sheep Annual Premium Scheme||Claims marketing year 1996 (See 1. Below)||97|
|Agricultural Improvement Scheme||Plan claims||100|
|Environmentally Sensitive Areas||Applications||97|
|Environmentally Sensitive Areas Conservation Plan||Applications||97|
|Farm & Conservation Grant Scheme 1989||Plan claims||99|
|Non-plan claims (See 2. Below)||58|
|Farm & Conservation Grant Scheme 1991||Plan claims||97|
|Farm Woodland Premium Scheme||Applications||94|
|Pilot Nitrate Sensitive Areas Scheme||Claims (1996)||100|
|New Nitrate Sensitive Areas Scheme||Applications (1996)||93|
|Protection of Badgers Act 1992||Licence applications||99|
|Five Year Set Aside Scheme||Claims||100|
|Agricultural Wage Inspections||Complaints||91|
|Wildlife & Countryside Act||Licence applications||98|
|Correspondence||Answered within 10 working days||97|
|Complaints||Numbers receiving response within 10 working days||88|
1. Final payments made by 30 April 1997.
2. The relatively high failure rate for F&CGS 1989 non-plan claims is due to a large number of claims being received in the month before the scheme closed, making it impossible to meet the charter target in many cases.
(i) The total percentage has been calculated by setting the entire number of applications or claims cleared within the target time, against the total number received. Applications and claims not cleared due to reasons beyond our control (incorrect information supplied by applicant, etc.) are not included as failures to meet target.
(ii) The Farm & Conservation Grant Scheme (1991) Plan applications, the Farm Diversification Grant Scheme (Capital Items) Claims, and the Farm Diversification Grant Scheme (Feasibility & Marketing) Claims have all been omitted from the table, as the numbers involved are de-minimis.
(iii) 3 complaints were referred to the MAFF Adjudicator during the year.
2 of these complaints were resolved, the other was referred to the Minister.
1 complaint from a previous year has been referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and is currently under investigation.