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Pesticides Safety Directorate: Targets

Volume 571: debated on Wednesday 24 April 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What targets have been set for the Pesticides Safety Directorate in 1996–97.

My right honourable friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has set the Pesticides Safety Directorate the following targets relating to financial performance, efficiency, the delivery of pesticides approval services and policy advice in 1996–97:

  • To achieve 100 per cent. recovery of costs;
  • To comply with budgetary controls resulting from the Public Expenditure Survey and the Supply Estimates;
  • To achieve an overall efficiency gain of 3 per cent.;
To meet the targets for delivery of services as follows:

Application stream notesApplications completedMaximum processing time (working weeks)
Technical Secretariat1
Administrative Fast4004
Experimental Permit3036
Off label20012

Application stream notes

Applications completed

Maximum processing time (working weeks)

New Substances


Sift (EC and UK)1324
Active Substance
UK: National Rules854
EC: UK Rapporteur154

UK Reviews


EC Reviews

UK Rapporteur7
(Monograph Co-ordination)15


1 The processing time targets apply to 85 per cent. of applications received except the EC and UK sifts for New Substances, where the figure is 100 per cent.

2 The quality of the directorate's scientific and policy work will be subject to separate quality audits.

3 Details of performance in 1995–96 will be set out in the agency's annual report and accounts to be published during July 1996.