§ Sir John Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the annual report for the forensic science service; and if he will make a statement about the financial targets for 1992–93.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I have today placed copies of the forensic science service's annual report and accounts for 1991–92 in the Library of the House. Further copies can be obtained from FSS headquarters.
I announced on 14 May at column 207 financial and service level targets for the forensic science service for 1992–93 based on a forecast out-turn for 1991–92. The actual out-turn for 1991–92 was better than originally forecast, meaning that the unit cost and associated unit cost efficiency targets were not sufficiently challenging. I have, therefore, agreed that the unit cost target should be £456.86, with a unit cost productivity gain of 1.8 per cent. These targets are more exacting than those originally set. The other performance targets remain the same.