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Mr. Mellor : The Department keeps the public informed by means of press statements. Contact with food processing firms and dairies will normally be through environmental health departments. Other information requested is set out in the table.
Dairy |Environmental Health |First DH contact with |First visit to dairy |Number of EHOs in post |EHO establishment |Department |Environmental Health |(with details of prior |Department |contact where |appropriate) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yieldingtree Packers |Wyre Forest |13 June, morning |14 June, 9 am |6 |7 | via Bromsgrove Grange Farm |South |12 June, evening |13 June, 9.40 am |4 |6 | Buckinghamshire Battledene Farm |Cotswold |12 June, evening |14 June, 5.00 pm |8 |8 | (telephone 12 June, 7.30 pm) Lord Crathorne |Hambleton |12 June, evening |13 June, 10 am |10 |10 | (telephone 12 June, 7 pm) Stock Meadows |Staffordshire |13 June, 10.30 am |9 |9 | Moorlands |12 June, evening Ann Forshaws |Dibble Valley |11 June, evening |12 June, 11.30 am |8 |8 | (telephone 11 June, evening) Madresfield Dairy |Malvern Hills |13 June, morning |13 June, 11 am |11 |11 Bodfan Foods |Chester |13 June, evening |13 June, 9 am<1> |16 |16 <1>A further visit was made 14 June, 9 am, following the Department's telephone call.
Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the practice of his Department on whether upgrading of National Health Service staff approved by the Whitley Council joint secretaries is backdated to the date of application ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. MacGregor : My right hon. Friends and I are today issuing to interested organisations for comment a document containing ideas for pilot extensification schemes for beef, which we are obliged to introduce this year under the terms of Community legislation and also for sheep. The concept of extensification, essentially securing lower output from the same land area, has some attractions in principle but it is extremely difficult to apply in a manner which ensures effective control and value for money for the taxpayer, particularly in the livestock sector to which, under the Community legislation, we are required to accord priority. The Government therefore consider it essential to try out extensification initially on a limited pilot basis in order to determine how, and indeed whether, extensification can best be introduced without undue cost and complexity of administration and monitoring.
I am placing copies of the consultation document in the Library. Before reaching final decisions on the nature of the pilot schemes, the Government will take account of comments, which should reach Agricultural departments by 25 August.
Mr. Ryder : Twenty-three per cent. of existing scheme participants have holdings which are wholly tenanted and a further 12 per cent. have some tenanted land. Information on the area of land concerned is not available.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the distribution by county in England and Wales and by region in Scotland of land approved for inclusion in the farm woodland scheme and the amount of such land on which forestry operations have commenced.
County |Hectares ----------------------------------------- Avon |5 Bedfordshire |16 Berkshire |27 Buckinghamshire |50 Cleveland |0 Cambridgeshire |96 Cheshire |23 Cornwall |15 Cumbria |42 Derbyshire |17 Devon |156 Dorset |85 Durham |3 Essex |54 Gloucestershire |171 Hampshire |24 Hereford and Worcester |167 Hertfordshire |6 Humberside |59 Isle of Wight |0 Kent |24 Lancashire |0 Leicestershire |24 Lincolnshire |29 Greater London |0 Greater Manchester |0 Merseyside |0 West Midlands |3 Norfolk |297 Northamptonshire |120 Northumberland |34 Nottinghamshire |25 Oxfordshire |163 Shropshire |23 Somerset |55 Staffordshire |19 Suffolk |201 Surrey |0 East Sussex |12 West Sussex |15 Tyne and Wear |0 Warwickshire |26 Wiltshire |92 North Yorkshire |87 South Yorkshire |0 West Yorkshire |0
No details of the area planted are yet available. The situations in Wales and Scotland are matters for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and Scotland.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much land currently in set-aside has been the subject of applications for planting grant from the Forestry Commission ; how much has been approved for planting ; and in respect of how much land grant has been paid.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Up to 31 March 1989, the Forestry Commission had received applications under the woodland grant scheme for the planting of 70 hectares of land under set-aside in Enland. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland gave the information called for in the other parts of this question in his reply to the hon. Member on 15 June 1989 at column 20.
Column 45on the levels in fish and eels in inland waters of dieldrin and aldrin ; what are the levels of these which are safe ; and if he will prohibit the use of these chemicals forthwith.
Mr. Ryder : I have no plans to propose that the recent ban on the use of aldrin should be reconsidered, and I have taken steps to ensure safe disposal of unused stocks. The ban will be strictly enforced by Her Majesty's agricultural inspectorate, which reports to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment.
Mr. Gill : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has received the results of the poll of growers conducted as part of the quinquennial review of the Apple and Pear Development Council.
Mr. Donald Thompson [pursuant to his reply of 8 March] : A poll held in February as part of the statutory review showed that a clear majority of apple and pear growers were opposed to the continuance of the APDC. At the request of growers' organisations, a second poll was held by them in May. It did not form part of the statutory review but was conducted in the same way and among the same growers. The poll showed that, whilst the majority of growers believed that the commercial functions of the APDC should in future be handled by the industry itself, they would support a new statutory council exercising a more limited range of functions, in particular those connected with R and D.
My noble Friend has therefore decided that the APDC should be wound up. At the same time, my noble Friend has decided a new statutory council should be set up principally to promote and finance R and D in apple and pear growing and to represent the views of growers on matters of importance to them. She will be holding further discussions with growers' representatives on the more detailed provisions and arrangements relating to this new Council. She intends that it should run for three years, after which it will be subject to statutory review. The approval of Parliament is required for these measures and a statutory instrument will be laid before both Houses once discussions with growers' representatives have been completed. My noble Friend would like to express the Government's appreciation, which I am sure is shared by fruit growers themselves, to the chairman, Mr. Jasper Grinling, and his colleagues on the council for the unstinted services they have given to the industry.
Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if it is intended to privatise any of the wholesale fruit and vegetable markets in Great Britain ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 46Garden market, I was commissioning an independent commercial feasibility study into the possibilities of privatisation. Work on this will commence this month.
I have also received a joint discussion paper from the National Farmers' Union and the National Federation of Fruit and Potato Trades about the privatisation of local authority wholesale fruit and vegetable markets. The issues raised are extremely complex and need careful consideration. I cannot at present give any indication of the likely response.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, pursuant to his reply of 17 May, Official Report, column 212-23, he is able to state whether those provisions awaiting implementation on that date have now been implemented.
(7) Still to be implemented.
(10, 11) Implemented. The Poultry Flocks (Collection and Handling of Eggs and Control of Vermin) Order 1989 came into force on 26 May. (17) To be introduced shortly.
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to increase compensation levels for birds slaughtered due to the drop in demands for eggs after the salmonella scare.
Mr. Donald Thompson : Assistance for the culling of hens to reduce the size of the laying flock is no longer available. The closing date for applications under the slaughter of hens scheme was 5 January 1989. This was an exceptional short-term measure to assist the industry when the egg market suffered severe disruption at the end of last year. The market has now stabilised, and the Government have no plans for further aid.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to place a contract with an advertising agency to explain the implications to the public of food irradiation ; and what information he has on present public attitudes towards irradiation treated foodstuffs.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how he intends to allocate the £6 million available to Britain from the new European forestry proposals adopted at the May Council of Ministers meeting ;
(2) what savings will accrue to his Department by the adoption by the Council of Ministers of farm forestry proposals to make available European financed premia for the growing of trees on farmland.
Column 47Northern Ireland equivalent and the farm woodland scheme--will determine the scale of reimbursements that the United Kingdom will be able to claim each year from the European Community.
Parliamentary approval will be sought to appropriate the receipts in aid of the votes from which the planting grants and annual payments are funded. The receipts should therefore contribute towards the overall costs of support for forestry and agriculture.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action the Forestry Commission is proposing to take in respect of the recommendations of the New Forest Review Group that there be a reduction in the number of hunting days in the New Forest.
Mr. Ryder : [holding reply 16 June 1989] : The report of the New Forest review group is still being considered. It would therefore be premature to speculate on what action the Forestry Commission might decide to take on the recommendation concerning the number of hunting days.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many known cases of hydatidosis in humans there were in each of the years from 1979 to 1988 ; and if he will make a statement concerning his policy for the eradication of hydatid disease ;
(2) if he will make it his policy to introduce a system of free supply of medication for the eradication from dogs of hydatid disease ; and if he will make a statement.
|Number --------------------- 1979 |5 1980 |6 1981 |8 1982 |6 1983 |22 1984 |10 1985 |12 1986 |26 1987 |20 1988
My Department will co-operate with relevant health authorities to deal with hydatid disease in areas where this poses a risk to human health. I have no plans to introduce an eradication policy for this disease but would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies) on 6 June, column 12-13.
Mr. Richard Livsey : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the average (a) rise in hectares, (b) number of dairy cows kept and (c) farm income for the latest period for which he has figures for an average dairy farm in England.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Caerphilly on 12 June, Official Report, column 298, whether the suspected cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy at markets were all identified by veterinary inspection ; and how many of the cases identified at slaughterhouses were located at (a) European Economic Community-approved and (b) non-European Economic Community-approved slaughterhouses. Mr. Donald Thompson : The 18 suspected cases of BSE identified at markets were inspected by Ministry veterinary staff, having been reported to the Ministry by various individuals at the markets. The information requested about the status of the slaughterhouses is not available for the period in question. Arrangements have been made to record this information in future.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report , a table showing the number of confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy for each county in England and Wales for the four-week period ended 16 June.
County |Confirmed cases ------------------------------------------------------------ Avon |7 Bedfordshire |1 Berkshire |4 Buckinghamshire |1 Cambridgeshire |1 Cheshire |13 Clwyd |7 Cornwall |33 Cumbria |12 Derbyshire |7 Devon |64 Dorset |45 Durham |3 Dyfed |23 Essex |1 Glamorgan, Mid |1 Glamorgan, West |1 Gloucestershire |12 Gwent |4 Gwynedd |4 Hampshire |18 Hereford and Worcestershire |11 Hertfordshire |1 Isle of Wight |3 Kent |14 Lancashire |1 Leicestershire |12 Lincolnshire |6 Manchester |1 Norfolk |4 Northamptonshire |5 Northumberland |5 Nottinghamshire |3 Oxon |5 Powys |9 Salop |16 Somerset |45 Staffordshire |5 Suffolk |3 Surrey |4 Sussex, East |4 Sussex, West |13 Warwickshire |5 Wiltshire |28 Yorkshire, North |6 Yorkshire, West |1
Mr. David Porter : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures he will be proposing in connection with the United Kingdom fishing industry at the Council of Ministers meeting during the current month.
Mr. Donald Thompson : There are a number of issues of concern to the industry which I expect to be discussed by the Council, including the state of stocks, Channel cod and other precautionary TACs, quota hopping and beam trawling within 12 miles.
Applicant households assessed by local authorities as homeless: 1988 |Quarter 1|Quarter 2|Quarter 3|Quarter 4 ------------------------------------------------------------------ City of Glasgow |335 |271 |313 |184 Midlothian |30 |31 |18 |26 Inverclyde |40 |26 |33 |15
Because of different definitions and a different basis of compilation this information is not comparable with statistics of households accepted as homeless in England.
|Percentage -------------------------------------- City of Glasgow |4.1 Midlothian |0.9 Inverclyde |3.0
These percentages include dwellings which are unavailable for letting because they are awaiting or undergoing improvement, being held to accommodate households decanted during repair, or awaiting demolition.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the sums of money given to the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in each of the past 10 years ; for what purposes these sums were provided ; what percentage of the RSSPCC's annual general income they represented ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : Since 1979 we have provided grants to the society under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and the National Health (Scotland) Act 1968 and the National Health (Scotland) Act 1978 in support of its headquarters and regional activities, personal training and special projects such as the child sexual abuse project at Overnewton. The amounts and the percentage these represent of the Society's income are as follows :
|Amount of grant (£ |Percentage of income |thousand) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1979-80 |80 |15.8 1980-81 |93 |14.8 1981-82 |100 |18.0 1982-83 |126 |21.6 1983-84 |133 |22.0 1984-85 |106 |10.5 1985-86 |111 |11.0 1986-87 |107 |11.3 1987-88 |108 |10.3 1988-89 |137 |7.9
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what sums of money have been given to the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for the purposes of training RSSPCC personnel in each of the past 10 years ; how much money is to be provided in each of the next three years for this purpose ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Michael Forsyth : The table lists payments made to the RSSPCC for training purposes between the years 1982-83 and 1987-88. Between 1979- 80 and 1981-82 no specific training grant was awarded. From 1985-86 payments were made on a reducing scale in keeping with the pump priming purpose of the grant. No training grant has been given since 1987-88 and no new applications have been received.
Training grant to RSSPCC (£) Year |Amount ------------------------------ 1979-80 |- 1980-81 |- 1981-82 |- 1982-83 |<1>7,000 1983-84 |13,367 1984-85 |17,723 1985-86 |18,278 1986-87 |<2>11,963 1987-88 |<3>9,367 <1> From September. <2> Reduced rate 75 per cent. <3> Reduced rate 50 per cent.
Column 51Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for health concerning Scottish hospices.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow can expect an answer to his letter of 17 April to the Minister of State regarding Mr. James Laing and the poll tax.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow can expect an answer to his letter of 3 May to the Minister of State regarding Mrs. I. Todd of Greenock.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if any Ministers or officials in his Department attended the 30th anniversary celebration, on 12 May, of British Nuclear Fuels Chapelcross plutonium and tritium production reactors in Annan.
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will obtain a copy of the research on policewomen in Scotland carried out by Professor Roy Wilkie of the university of Strathclyde centre for policy studies for his departmental library as soon as it becomes available.
Mr. Gordon Brown : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the submissions of expressions of interest in self-governing status in the Health Service giving in each case the body or individual responsible for such expression of interest.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many acres of land are in the ownership of (a) the Yorkshire water authority and (b) the Severn-Trent water authority ; and, of these, how many have outline planning permission, and in respect of how many the authority is currently seeking such permission.
Column 5290 acres of this land has outline planning permission for development. Applications for outline planning permission for approximately 10 acres of land are currently outstanding. The Severn- Trent water authority owns or has an interest in approximately 44,000 acres of land. About 100 acres have outline planning permission for development. Outline planning permission is being sought for between 50 and 100 acres.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, further to his answer of 19 April about average domestic water rate bills, Official Report, column 233, the relevant data for 1989-90 are now available.
Mr. Howard : The average domestic water rate bill in the Thames water authority area for 1989-90 is £100.80 ; The average bill for all water authorities is £119.00. That represents a real increase of 33.6 per cent. in the average bill in the Thames area, and 45.2 per cent. nationally, since 1979-80.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Don Valley of 2 March, Official Report, column 283, what have been the results of his deliberations in respect of changes to section 19 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Wide-ranging studies have been carried out over the last 20 years in many countries, including the United Kingdom, on the biological effects of non-ionising radiation. Currently the National Radiological Protection Board is undertaking a wide-ranging review of these studies. This review should be published before the end of the year.
Mr. Speller : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to require Wessex Water and South West Water to seek planning permission for raw sewage outlets into the Bristol channel ; and if he will make a statement on the different sources of pollution which enter this marine cul de sac.
Mr. Howard : No. Under part II of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, water authorities are required to obtain consent before making a discharge into the sea or water courses. Where schemes require planning permission, this is a matter for the local planning authority to determine under the Town and Country Planning Acts. With regard to sources of pollution in the Bristol channel, I refer my hon. Friend to my reply of 6 June at column 90.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the leaflets issued in connection with the Water Bill and the community charge, together with the print runs and costs of production of each leaflet, their main avenues of distribution and their estimated costs of distribution.
Mr. Moynihan : I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment gave on 11 May at column 520. Applications for these works are being advertised in local newspapers in the areas concerned.
Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to release land from the green belt in north-east Derbyshire for opencast mining or other purposes ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Chope : The Government's policy on green belts is set out in the Department of the Environment's planning policy guidance note No. 2. Paragraph 15 of that guidance makes clear that minerals can be worked only where they are found. Their extraction need not be incompatible with green belt objectives, provided that high environmental standards are maintained and that the site is well restored, but each case must be considered on its merits.
Mrs. Ann Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice his Department has given water authorities on estimating the costs of complying with the legal standards for pesticides and nitrates laid down in EC directive 80/778/EEC.