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Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what data has been collected from the field trials of genetically-modified crops in respect of (a) cross pollination with (i) non-GM crops and (ii) wild flora, (b) distance measurements of GM drift, (c) impact upon insect life within test and adjacent sites and (d) sub-spoil impact assessments; and in what form the data is available for scrutiny. 
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Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he intends to publish the first results, including interim data, from the farm-scale evaluations of GM crops under way in the UK. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 3 May 2000]: The design of the farm scale evaluations requires data to be collected over a three-year period to give a big enough sample size to allow statistically valid conclusions to be drawn. The Scientific Steering Committee therefore takes the view that it is unlikely that sufficient data will be available for scientifically reliable results to be published until late 2002 for the spring sown crops and late 2003 for the autumn sown crops.
The Scientific Steering Committee and the research contractors have agreed that reports on progress with the evaluations should be prepared and published at six-monthly intervals. Two interim reports have already been agreed by the committee and published by the research consortium. A further report on progress with the evaluations will be published in late 2000. This will include analysis and assessment of the study protocols and the validity of data obtained this year.
The research consortium will also shortly be submitting for publication in a scientific journal information on the design of the evaluations including the statistical power to detect potential differences.
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he has (a) been, and (b) asked to be, informed of the locations in the United Kingdom where Advanta Seeds UK's conventional rapeseed sown in 1999 and 2000 contained genetically modified rapeseed; and if he will place copies of written information in his possession on such locations in the Library. 
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Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have written to all farmers who have sown the relevant Hyola varieties this year, to clarify the subsidy position and inform them that if they received seed from the specific batches that were affected, their crops must not be marketed in the EU.
Advanta have put in place their own arrangements to identify and compensate farmers and the Government's inspectors, the Central Science Laboratory (CSL), will audit these arrangements to ensure that none of the affected oil seed rape enters the food chain.
In light of these measures, and in light of the advice that the growing of these seeds does not pose a threat to human health or the environment, I have not been, or asked to be, informed of the exact locations where the affected Advanta seeds were sown.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will place in the Library the annual approved discharge limit and the annual actual known discharge limit of dioxins from the Byker Heat Station, Newcastle for each year since 1985. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 12 June 2000]: The plant was not authorised under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 until March 1993 and annual returns were not required by the authorisation until March 1994.
The Environment Agency is considering the introduction of a 0.1 ng/m 3 limit which could be considered to be BATNEEC (Best Available Technique Not Entailing Excessive Cost) for existing incinerators, and could therefore be achieved under existing legislation. The Environment Agency also advise that they will in future authorisations for industrial plant reduce the limit in the authorisation to 0.1ng/m 3 , in line with the proposed EC Waste Incineration Directive and their current guidance on new plant.
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Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) if he will list the fixtures and fittings ordered for his residence in Admiralty Arch since May 1997, with particular reference to carpets; and if he will estimate the cost of them; 
Ms Beverley Hughes: The flat occupied by the Deputy Prime Minister at Admiralty House was completely renovated and refurbished in 1997 and partly recarpeted this year. The total cost was £99,936 of which £11,139 + VAT was for carpets.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the final cost of the M11 Link Road, separately identifying each consultant's fees relating to the M11 Link Road and indicating the purpose for which these were paid. 
This is a matter for Transport for London to decide on as the contracts and the consultant's duties are continuing. Until the final accounts for the main works contracts have been settled and the consultant's duties have been completed, it is not possible to give the final cost of fees. It would prejudice the ability to negotiate settlement of contracts if a detailed breakdown of estimated final cost is provided before the negotiations are complete. A detailed breakdown will be available when the final cost of the A12 Hackney to M11 Link Road is known.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the basis was for calculating the £15 million estimate for local compensation in relation to the M11 Link Road. 
Mr. Hill: The estimate was made by the Highways Agency's professional adviser using the best information on land and property values available at the time. Responsibility for this scheme, together with the relevant papers, passed to Transport for London on 3 July.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what measures his Department has taken to ensure that there has not been unreasonable profit-taking in the last 12 months of contracts for the M11 Link Road; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hill: Under the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Conditions of Contracts used on this scheme, the value of the works is determined by an independent engineer, not by the contractor. The Highways Agency's quantity Surveyor makes regular visits to the site offices to ensure the works are being valued in accordance with the contract. Responsibility for this scheme, together with the relevant papers passed to Transport for London on 3 July.
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