I have set the Government Decontamination Service (GDS) the following performance targets for 2007-08.
To provide operational and tactical advice and guidance to central Government and other appropriate authorities.
To strengthen awareness of its services among key stakeholders.
To continue to provide an evaluated framework of specialist suppliers to meet the requirements arising from the UK national risk assessment process.
To utilise exercises to assess the capacity and capability of specialist framework suppliers.
To contribute to the central Government knowledge on the national capability and capacity for the decontamination of buildings, infrastructure, mobile transport assets and the open environment.
To develop its staff with both the capacity and capability to support the requirements arising from the national risk assessment process.
To build upon corporate governance in line with the revised Treasury Audit Committee Handbook and the National Audit Office and Internal Audit recommendations.
Further details are given in the CDS business plan for 2007-08 copies of which are available in the Libraries of both Houses.