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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when Ministers in (a) his Department, (b) the DETR, (c) the Scotland Office, (d) the Wales Office, (e) the Northern Ireland Office and (f) the Cabinet Office were first informed of the contamination of Advanta rapeseed with GM varieties. 
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the Government first informed (a) the Food Standards Agency, (b) English Nature, (c) the Scottish Executive, (d) the Welsh Assembly, (e) the Advisory Commission on Releases into the Environment and (f) the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes that Advanta rapeseed had become contaminated with GM varieties. 
Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 29 June 2000]: The administration costs of paying agricultural aid was approximately £67.5 million in the last financial year. This figure covers the payment of some £2.2 billion under CAP and agri-environment schemes, and BSE emergency measures, by the Ministry's regional organisation and the Intervention Board. It also includes the cost of support work carried out by the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency and ADAS on the agri-environment schemes.
Sir Nicholas Lyell: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the national herds of cattle and national flocks of sheep which die each year and have to be disposed of as fallen stock; what estimates he has made of the costs involved; and to what extent such work is currently performed by hunts. 
Ms Quin: This Department has made no estimates of the proportion of the cattle and sheep populations which have to be disposed of as fallen stock, or of the costs involved. However, the Meat and Livestock Commission estimates that for all livestock production, the proportion is between 2 and 4 per cent. For cattle, the Licensed Animal Slaughterers and Salvage Association has estimated the proportions as 7.5 per cent. (dairy) 3.5 per cent. (beef) and 5.5 per cent. (other cattle). A small-scale and limited survey carried out by this Department suggested that, of these
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Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from the Institute of Grocery Distribution in respect of a code of practice for buyers and sellers in the food chain. 
Ms Quin: We have encouraged the major retailers to draw up a code of good practice covering business relationships throughout the food chain. The Institute of Grocery Distribution is facilitating this exercise and is keeping us informed of progress.
Mr. Gill: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the Government support the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation policy document, "Zonal management; a new vision of Europe's fisheries". 
Mr. Morley: The Government welcome this document which makes a useful and constructive contribution to the debate on how to secure an improved regional dimension to the Common Fisheries Policy and greater involvement by fishermen in fisheries management.
Mr. Morley: This is a new budget line established in 2000. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 28 June 2000, Official Report, column 497W, which explained its purpose and that it does not cover funding of national projects.
Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 18 July 2000]: The Specified Risk Material Order 1997 and the Specified Risk Material (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, in force since 1 January 1998, do not permit the importation of SRM into the UK for destruction.
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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the applications he has received seeking permission to import specified risk material into this country, indicating in each case the (a) name of the applicant, (b) date of the application and (c) outcome of the application. 
Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 18 July 2000]: Since the introduction of the Specified Risk Material Order 1997 and the Specified Risk Material (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 on 1 January 1998, eight applications have been received to import SRM into the UK, all of which were approved. Details of the names of the applicants are commercially confidential.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications for resources allocated under the outgoers element of the Pig Industry Restructuring Scheme have been made by pig producers (a) nationally, (b) in the Bury St. Edmunds parliamentary constituency and (c) in Suffolk. 
|Fresh meat||Poultry meat, farmed game meat and rabbit meat|
|Full throughput||Low throughput||Full throughput||Low throughput|
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