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Government Contamination Service

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

I have set the Government Decontamination Service (GDS) the following Performance Targets for 2006-07.

To strengthen relationships with specialist suppliers by

Agreeing suppliers' work programmes by 30 March 2007

Testing or assessing at least three suppliers in practical decontamination situations

Holding a conference for specialist suppliers by the end of September 2006

To put in place and agree operational structures by September 2006, including

Validation of the Emergency Operations Centre within two months of occupying the new site

Putting in place a fully revised Business Continuity Plan within three months of occupying the new site

Enabling Responsible Authorities to validate their plans for decontamination by March 2007

To ensure that technical knowledge and expertise continues to improve by

Building on working relationships with centres of excellence through memoranda of understanding and other agreements

Consulting across government to avoid duplication of work

Hosting jointly with the Home Office, a workshop on decontamination issues by December 2006

To put in place and induct the GDS workforce including

Occupying the refurbished headquarters building in Stafford by September 2006

Completing the recruitment of staff by November 2006

Formally closing the GDS project and deploying remaining staff elsewhere by December 2006

To lay the foundations for effective relationships with stakeholders and partners by

Putting in place memoranda of understanding with key partners and holding a conference by March 2007

Putting in place a communications strategy by March 2007

Establishing a baseline of stakeholder/partner satisfaction by March 2007

To operate within financial requirements, including

Producing and implementing an Efficiency Delivery Plan by July 2006

Securing funding for the year 2007-08 to ensure a smooth continuation of operations

Remaining within budget and balancing the GDS's books for the financial year 2006-07 within Government guidelines

Further details are given in the GDS Business Plan for 2006-07 a copy of which will be placed in the Libraries of the House.