§ Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the target date is for her Department in responding to export licence applications; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Nigel Griffiths
[holding answer 13 May 2002]: The aim is to provide a response to 70 per cent. of cases within 20 working days, except in special circumstances. Details of performance in processing Standard Individual Export Licence applications against the target is published in the 783W Government's Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
The Government are committed to processing all export licence applications as quickly as possible consistent with our determination to manage the transfer of all goods and technology controlled for strategic reasons in a responsible manner.