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Mr. Gummer : Since my appointment in July, I have made a number of tours in the regions, including on farm visits. During the most recent such visit, on 3 November, a range of countryside matters were discussed, including in particular the maintenance of wildlife habitat.
60. Mr. Rogers : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he intends to consider socio-economic criteria in assessing whether to grant licences to animal products under the Medicines Act 1968.
|Price ------------------------- 1988 October |93.07 November |97.54 December |101.23 1989 January |99.08 February |100.62 March |102.56 April |105.83 May |109.43 June |113.44 July |115.85 August |116.94 September |127.41 October<1> |133.21 <1>To week ending 21 October 1989.
Mr. Curry : In the last 12 months licences have been issued for Aquaguard, an ectoparasiticide for use against infestations of sea lice, and for furogen immersion vaccine and furogen injection vaccine for use against certain strains of Aeromonas salmonicida.
Mr. Maclean : Under the farm and conservation grant scheme grants of 50 per cent. are available throughout the country for the installation, replacement and improvement of facilities for handling, storing and treating slurry and silage effluent. This is the highest rate of grant available in Europe. It underlines the Government's determination to assist farmers in the vital task of preventing pollution of water courses by farm waste. The industry have reacted very positively and uptake of new grants is high.
Year |kg/ha ------------------ 1979 |114 1980 |120 1981 |130 1982 |132 1983 |139 1984 |147 1985 |146 1986 |146 1987 |147 1988 |133
68. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy towards a continuation after 1990 of the moratorium on commercial whaling.
Mr. Curry : We played a leading role within the International Whaling Commission in the achievement of the moratorium on commercial whaling. We have worked hard to ensure that IWC members adhere to it. It is to be reviewed next year on the basis of major scientific work on whale stocks and appropriate management procedures. We shall consider these results very carefully. If we are not satisfied we shall press for the continuation of the moratorium.
Mr. Curry : The Government are pursuing a wide range of policies for the conservation and management of salmon stocks which are beneficial to the United Kingdom salmon fishing industry, whether recreational or commercial. In England and Wales, the National Rivers Authority, established in September 1989, has the duty of maintaining, improving and developing salmon fisheries. In Scotland, district salmon fishery boards have similar powers and duties within their district. In Northern Ireland, the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Fisheries Conservancy Board and the Foyle Fisheries Commission are responsible for the conservation and protection of salmon.
There are substantial programmes of research and development on salmon which contribute to these aims. Finally, the United Kingdom--through the Commission of the European Communities which is a contracting party--plays an active role in the work of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation.
Mr. Curry : It is for the industry to respond to changing circumstances and to assess the levels of skilled labour required to sustain viable enterprises. In so doing full advantage should be taken of the excellent skills training facilities available from the agricultural training board and the agricultural colleges.
Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his Department's policy towards the practice of dividing farmland in the south of England into small plots and selling them off separately.
Mr. Curry : I remain firmly committed to supporting work directed at public good issues such as food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare, and to the underpinning of industry's commercial research base through support for far market strategic research.
Mr. Gale : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will set out in the Official Report a timetable indicating the anticipated progress, for the various commodities, towards the eventual removal of monetary compensatory amounts arising from green currencies.
Mr. Curry : Following pressure from the United Kingdom Government the Council and the Commission have agreed that monetary gaps, and therefore monetary compensatory amounts, should be removed by the end of 1992. The devaluations that were agreed at the last two price settlements represented steps towards this objective. The Commission is to report shortly on ways of completing the process of dismantlement.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the presence of pollen and other airborne material derived from flowering crops of oilseed rape giving the concentration in the atmosphere above the crop and the maximum extent of detectable contamination ; and if he will give comparable information for other agricultural crops.
Mr. Curry : My Department has no information on the concentration of airborne material from oilseed rape in the atmosphere above the crop, nor comparable information on other crops. I am aware that some experiments have been carried out by individuals to detect the presence of oilseed rape pollen in the atmosphere in the vicinity of the crop and further afield.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take any steps to encourage the breeding and production of varieties of oilseed rape which minimise the dispersal of pollen and other airborne material into the atmosphere.
Mr. Curry : If it were shown conclusively that existing varieties of oilseed rape caused serious problems for human health we would consider what measures were necessary to tackle the problem. The breeding of varieties with specific properties could be one such measure.
Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many hectares of oilseed rape were harvested in 1989 ; what tonnage was produced ; what was the value of the crop ; and what subsidy was paid from public funds for its production or processing.
Mr. Curry : The 1989 oilseed rape production survey of England published a 25 October estimated production at 821,000 tonnes from 284,000 hectares. The value of the 1989 crop in the United Kingdom as a whole is still being assessed. Value estimates will be included in "Agriculture in the United Kingdom" due to be published early in 1990. Production aid under the EC oilseeds scheme is being paid on the 1989 crop ; final estimates of the amount paid will not be known until at least the end of the 1989-90 marketing year.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list all the countries in the European Community where evidence of cattle contracting the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been discovered.
Dr. David Clark : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the organisations with which he consulted about his proposed ban on the use of cattle offal for human consumption.
Agriculture and Food Research Council
Animal Health Distributors (UK) Ltd
Association of British Abattoir Owners
Association of County Councils
Association of District Councils
Association of London Authorities
Association of Meat Inspectors (GB) Ltd
Association of Metropolitan Authorities
Association of Sea and Airport Health Authorities
Bacon and Meat Manufacturers' Association
British Association of Canned and Preserved Food Importers and Distributors
British Food Manufacturing Industries Research Association British Hotels and Restaurants Association
British Medical Association
British Multiple Retailers Association
British Ports Association
British Retail Association
British Veterinary Association
Butterworths Law of Food and Drugs
Caterers Association of Great Britain
Chemical Industries Association
College for the Distributive Trades
Consumers in the European Community Group (UK)
Co-operative Meat Trade Technical Panel
Co-operative Union Ltd
Customs and Excise
Dairy Trade Federation
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Faculty of Community Medicines
Farm and Food Society
Federation of Agricultural Co-operatives
Federation of Freshmeat Wholesalers
FMC (Meat) Limited
Food and Drink Industry Council
Food Manufacturers' Association
Grain and Feed Trade Association
Greyhound Racing Association
Hide and Allied Trades Improvement Society
Infant and Dietetic Food Association
Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK)
Institute of Meat
Institute of Trading Standards Authorities
Institution of Environmental Health Officers
International Meat Trade Association
Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce
Joint Animal By-Products Parliamentary and Advisory Committee Joint Consultative Council for the Meat Trade in the UK Joint Industrial Council for the Slaughterhouse Industry JS Engineering (Norfolk) Ltd.
Licensed Animal Slaughterers and Salvage Association
Livestock Auctioneers Market Committee for England and Wales Livestock Traders Association of Great Britain
Local Authorities Committee on Trading Standards
Local Authority Conditions and Services Advisory Board
Master of Bassetthounds Association
Master of Deerhounds Association
Master of Draghounds Association
Master of Foxhounds Association
Meat and Livestock Commission
Meat Industry Liaison Group
Meat Manufacturers' Association
Meat Trade Journal
Meat Trades Annual
National Animal Health Panel
National Association of Tripe Dressers
National and Local Government Officers Association
National Cold Storage Federation
National Committee of the Wholesale Provision Trade
National Consumer Council
National Council of Freshmeat Wholesalers
National Farmers Union
National Federation of Consumer Groups
National Federation of Meat Traders
National Federation of Wholesale Grocers and Provision Merchants Association
National Greyhound Racing Club
National Office of Animal Health
National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers
Natural Sausage Casing Association
Non-UK Provision Trade Association
Parliamentary Committee Co-operative Union Limited
Pet Food Manufacturers' Association
Port of London Health Authority
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
Smithfield Market Tenants' Association
United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association
United Kingdom Provision Trade Federation
United Kingdom Renderers' Association
United Kingdom Association of Frozen Food Producers
United Kingdom Fellmongers Association