My honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport (Stephen Ladyman) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
The ministerial targets for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 2007-08 are:
In at least 98 per cent of incidents, within five minutes of being alerted, take a decision on the appropriate search-and-rescue response and initiate action if necessary.
Deliver the programme of planned ship inspections, surveys and other related activities, targeted on the basis of UK policy objectives, EU policy and risk-based factors, including death and accident statistics.
Carry out 95 per cent of both mandatory expanded and mandatory inspections as required under EU Directive 95/21/EC.
Work with UK ship-owners so that no more than 3 per cent of UK ships inspected abroad under global port state control arrangements are detained and the UK register maintains a position on the Paris MOU White List which is comparable to registers of a similar size and reputation.
By 31 December 2007, implement EU reporting requirements of the vessel traffic monitoring directive (VTMD) through the Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS).
As a category 1 responder, meet the provisions of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 on behalf of the Secretary of State, in so far as his functions include responsibilities for maritime and coastal emergencies, excluding the investigation of accidents, and demonstrate achievement through an audit process.
Carry out 10 operational standards and training audits of rescue co-ordination centres and establish a baseline of quality performance that can then be developed into a new performance measure from 2008-09.
Review the implementation, effectiveness and impact of maritime safety risk management, using evidence-based information to check the agency's direction in this area, and develop specific targets to be introduced from 2008-09.