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Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much it cost to buy and adapt the Jaguar for the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; 
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use is made of the official car which was used by the right hon. Member for Redcar (Marjorie Mowlam), when she was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. 
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Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many RUC officers were absent on the grounds of illness on average in each month since 1 April 1998 to the latest date for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when his economic policy unit was established; which of its reports are placed in the public domain; how many departmental or non-departmental Special Advisers participate in its work; how many regular (a) non- departmental and (b) departmental staff participate in its work; and how many of these work for the unit on a full-time basis. 
Dr. Reid: Economic policy has been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and an Economic Policy Unit has been set up within the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. It is therefore no longer a matter for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
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Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts that exist between SERCO and the Department, its executive agencies and associated public bodies; and if he will list those which have existed in the last three years. 
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much public subsidy there was for a typical hill farmer in England for the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Ms Quin: The average total direct subsidy payment to full-time LFA cattle and sheep farm businesses in England in 1999-2000 is estimated as £24,400 per farm. This figure excludes the additional support farmers receive from the consumer, through the maintenance of EU agricultural prices above world levels by the CAP.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what (a) assessments of and (b) representations he has made concerning the recent reduction in payments of the sheep annual premium scheme by the European Commission. 
There are two reasons for this low premium. First, it is the difference between a Community-set basic price and average prices on the EU market. High sheep prices across the Community have reduced the premium. Secondly, the £/euro exchange rate reduces the sterling value to British farmers of the euro rate.
Ms Quin [holding answer 5 February 2001]: No cases of cows with BSE under the age of 30 months were detected in the period referred to. The number of cases confirmed in 1999 and 2000 in Great Britain by month of restriction aged over 30 months is as follows:
(71) There are three cases pending from 1999.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what communications with the Agriculture departments of other EU member states his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have to pass on the UK's environmental experience and good practice of large-scale culling and incineration of cattle liable to be infected with BSE. 
Ms Quin: The Intervention Board has had considerable contact on these matters with representatives from other member states. In particular, in mid January the Intervention Board hosted a two day seminar on the Over Thirty Month Scheme at which representatives from Spain, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the European Commission were present.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what changes he plans to make in the UK standards for the disposal of animal carcases suspected of harbouring the BSE agent as a result of recent large-scale slaughter of possible BSE infected cattle in other EU member states. 
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