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Mr. Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) current and (b) proposed legislation relating to the ownership, breeding and keeping of dogs. [85761]

Mr. George Howarth: The following list is of primary legislation readily identified as containing provisions specific to dog breeding and ownership etc. Broader legislation, concerning other types of animal as well as dogs (for example, relating more generally to animal cruelty), has not been included.







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    Animals Act 1971


    Breeding of Dogs Act 1973


    Guard Dogs Act 1975


    Animal Health Act 1981


    Dangerous Dogs Act 1989


    Environmental Protection Act 1990 (sections 149 and 150)


    Dangerous Dogs Act 1991


    Breeding of Dogs Act 1991


    Control of Dogs Order 1992


    Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996


    Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997


    Proposed legislation:


    Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Bill.

WALES

Organic Farming

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research he has commissioned into organic production techniques. [84358]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: None. The research budget is administered by MAFF on behalf of England and Wales. Welsh views are reflected in the programme of work commissioned by MAFF. In 1999-2000 over £2 million will be spent on organic R&D in England and Wales. Most of this is aimed at studying the economic and practical problems of converting to, and maintaining, organic systems. It thus supports the overall objective of expanding production.

Child Protection Register

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many children in Wales who are registered with local authorities are registered on the child protection register; and if he will make a statement. [85118]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: As at 31 March 1998, there were 2,473 children on child protection registers in Wales. Figures on the proportion of these which are looked after by local authorities are not held centrally. The Government are taking a number of steps to improve child protection arrangements, including revising the multi-agency guidance, "Working Together Under the Children Act 1989", which will be published later this year. In Wales, this will be subject to the agreement of the National Assembly. Child protection figures for 1999 will be available in the Autumn.

National Assembly (Elections Advertising)

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a breakdown of his Department's budget for advertising the elections to the National Assembly for Wales. [85511]

Mr. Michael: The Welsh Office budget for the National Assembly Information Campaign is £2 million. Expenditure to date breaks down as follows:



    Publications and internet: £333,367


    Research: £134,246


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I am pleased to say that there was cross party support for the campaign to encourage people to vote. As the turnout demonstrates, there is some way to go in persuading people that voting in an Assembly election is important for them and their families.

Agriculture Secretary

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the appointment of the Agriculture Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales. [85514]

Mr. Michael: Christine Gwyther and I had a meeting with representatives of farmers and the agriculture industry in Wales on 24 May. During the first part of the meeting comments were made about her appointment as Agriculture and Rural Affairs Secretary and the FUW president then left. The meeting went on to discuss numerous issues affecting farmers in Wales. Mrs. Gwyther has also received numerous letters congratulating her on her appointment and inviting her to several agricultural events over the next few months.

There has been a wide welcome for the fact that I have appointed an Assembly Secretary with specific responsibility for farming and the rural economy to reflect the importance of these issues in Wales. I am sure that farmers generally will judge the appointment on how well she does the job and will be encouraged by the appointment of someone who has direct experience of the need to promote and develop the rural economy.

Nuclear Waste

Ms Lawrence: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales over issues directly related to disposal or storage of nuclear waste in Wales when that waste does not originate in Wales. [85662]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: From 1 July, the National Assembly will assume a range of functions under both planning and environmental legislation. This will include power to call in applications for planning consent or for environmental authorisations, and the determination of appeals against decisions made by local authorities or the Environment Agency. The Assembly will also be responsible for guidance to local planning authorities and the Environment Agency, and will have power to issue directions to either. The Environment Agency will be under a statutory duty to consult the National Assembly before granting any authorisation to dispose of radioactive waste on or from a nuclear site in Wales. The Assembly's exercise of these functions will relate to waste disposal in Wales, whether or not the waste originates in Wales.

The extent to which these responsibilities are delegated to the First Secretary is a matter for the National Assembly.

NHS Budgets

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the budgeted (a) surplus and (b) deficit for each (i) NHS authority and (ii) NHS trust in Wales for the financial year 1999-2000. [86034]

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Mr. Jon Owen Jones: I regret the information requested is not yet available. Health authorities and trusts are still assessing their financial position in light of the recently issued cash allocation letter and the outcome of their negotiations on long term agreements. I will write to the hon. Member in July once the NHS Directorate has received details of its projected in-year financial position.

Following the transfer of functions order, this issue will be a matter for the National Assembly.

SCOTLAND

Skye Bridge

Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will refer the correspondence between the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal in Dingwall of 6 November 1995 in respect of the Skye Bridge to the Privy Council; and if he will make a statement; [84337]

Dr. Reid: This is now the responsibility of the Lord Advocate, who will address the points the hon. Member has raised and will respond by letter in due course. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House.

Child Protection

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children in Scotland who are registered with local authorities are registered on the Child Protection Register; and if he will make a statement. [85087]

Mr. Macdonald: Child Protection Registers are maintained in all local authority areas in Scotland. It is estimated that on 31 March 1998, a total of 2,236 children were recorded on these Registers.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Student Funding

Mr. Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the level of per capita funding budgeted for students is in the current financial year in the Borders Region in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools. [85448]

Mr. Macdonald [holding answer 25 May 1999]: Information about budgeted school running costs is given in "Scottish Schools: Costs 1996/97 to 1998/99" published by the Audit Unit of HM Inspectors of Schools, which is available in the House of Commons Library. Information for the current financial year is not yet available.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

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St. Kilda

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what response the Government have made to the World Heritage Committee's concerns regarding the environmental protection of St. Kilda. [85673]

Mr. Macdonald: I have arrange for a copy of the Government's response to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be placed in the Library of the House.


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