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Children's Tax Credit

Mr. Davidson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow, Pollok, have claimed children's tax credit, indicating the percentage in each case of the numbers estimated as being eligible. [158817]

Dawn Primarolo: It is estimated that there are 400,000 families eligible for CTC in Scotland. I regret that the other information that my hon. Friend has asked for is not available.


Criminal Justice Review

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his plans are for the Criminal Justice Review. [159667]

Dr. Reid: Detailed preparation of the legislation and Implementation Plan for the Criminal Justice Review is well advanced. These documents will be published when the necessary remaining work has been completed.


Logos and Branding

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by her Department on departmental and agency logos and associated branding since 1 May 1997. [152653]

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Mrs. Liddell: In the period 1 May 1997-30 June 1999 the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, an agency of the Scottish Office, spent £57,156 in respect of its agency logo and associated branding. Since 1 July 1999, the Scotland Office has spent £2,988 on departmental branding.

Promotional Campaigns

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the television, newspaper and radio advertising and other promotional campaigns conducted

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by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its departmental public bodies, in each of the past five years, showing for each the expenditure incurred by her Department; and if she will make a statement. [153411]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 12 March 2001]: Details of advertising and promotional campaigns conducted in the period 1996-June 1999 by the Scottish Office and its agencies are set out in the table. Information on departmental bodies is not held centrally. The Scotland Office conducted a campaign on Electoral Registration in February/March 2001: final cost details are not yet available.

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CampaignTVPressRadioOther promotional
Childrens Panels38,20324,51850,561--
Crime Prevention1,096166,229131,472176,815
Electoral Registration45,47317,795----
Fire Prevention281,916--38,5346,281
Food Safety221,755391,8113,29613,072
Historic Scotland207,00050,00090,000525,000
Nursery Vouchers344,049218,60536,937148,859
Organ Donors--42,256----
Right to Buy--81,428117,48128,736
Road Safety222,806--66,64320,095
Severe Weather100,775------
Absent Voters--41,877----
Childrens Panels99,14870,189--5,940
Continence Campaign--2,844----
Crime Prevention----37,03615,634
Electoral Registration--31,95137,960--
Fire Prevention196,72660,287--66,742
Food Safety--21,058----
Historic Scotland173,00080,000111,000530,500
Learning Direct----35,000--
NHS Green Paper--76,440--3,249
Organ Donors--41,274----
Police Recruitment--6,173----
Pre-School Vouchers137,47052-9042,66816,559
Road Safety----134,892247,675
Severe Weather46,036------
Childrens Panels71,39331,934--4,377
Democratising Scotland--123,33394,75130,326
Domestic Violence418,403122,97379,76410,105
Electoral Registration--41,008----
Fire Prevention164,31244,544--12,844
Food Safety--21,142----
Further Education--29,65539,984--
Historic Scotland257,00050,000120,000678,000
Local Government Commission--68,516----
NHS White Paper--76,734----
Nursing Recruitment169,67055,82932,831--
Pharmacy Point of Dispensing--26,90426,338--
Police Graduate Recruitment--9,423----
Road Safety469,554----158,590
Scottish Parliament1,093,679398,41962,606144,240
Teacher Recruitment--4,182----
1999-June 2000
Domestic Abuse97,257----8,050
European Elections--32,029----
Historic Scotland115,000--56,000106,000
Road Safety79,728----397
Scotland's Parliament275,451255,766--11,114

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Prince's Trust

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the findings of the Prince's Trust report, "Mapping Disadvantage: Young People who need help in England and Wales"; and if he will make a statement. [156352]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Lead responsibility for promoting the welfare of children in Wales rests with the National Assembly for Wales. The Assembly is committed to improving the health and well-being of children and to protecting them from abuse and neglect. The work of the Prince's Trust, in identifying areas in Wales where young people need the most help provides an additional and valuable source of information to assist the Assembly in its work.

Sex Education

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Ministers at the National Assembly for Wales on legislative initiatives designed to ensure a co-ordinated approach to policy in Wales relating to HIV and on the provision of sex education guidance for students. [155967]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I have regular discussions with Assembly Secretaries about a range of issues affecting Wales.

I understand that Jane Hutt, Assembly Secretary for Health and Social Services has published a sexual health strategy and a communicable disease strategy and that the Assembly's policy on HIV is being kept under review.

The Education Act 1996 requires all maintained secondary schools to make provision for sex education including HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. The National Assembly's guidance in this area is currently being updated.

No new primary legislation requirement has been identified in relation to these matters.


Foot and Mouth

Mr. Webb: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what criteria were used in determining which newspapers were used to publicise Government guidelines on access to the countryside; and if he will assess the benefits of using a wider range of newspapers for future advertising. [157713]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 9 April 2001]: I have been asked to reply, as my Department led in producing initial advertising and publicity aimed at the general public on this issue.

The key requirement in the early stages of this important public awareness campaign was to ensure that the maximum number of potential visitors to the countryside had access to information on the foot and mouth situation as quickly as possible. Our media choices were carefully formulated to make sure that coverage across England and Wales was as thorough and even as

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possible, using national and regional newspapers and radio, and covering both urban areas of high population and rural areas with concentrations of farming activity.

A media strategy always forms a central part of any communications campaign and the range of media to be used is carefully considered to ensure that maximum impact and awareness of campaign messages is combined with good value for money.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what representations he has received on (a) the threat to rare breeds displaying no symptoms of foot and mouth disease from the extension of the cull to a three kilometre radius of an infected area and (b) the potential permanent loss of pedigree herds and flocks; and if he will make a statement; [155272]

Mr. Morley: I have received representations from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and various individual breed societies and owners. The Ministry published proposals on measures to reduce the risks which make culling of rare breeds of sheep necessary on 19 April. Copies are on the Ministry's website. We have also supported the establishment of the Heritage Gene Bank, to preserve germ plasm from sheep breeds which are particularly threatened by foot and mouth disease.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the countries from which the UK imports (a) livestock and (b) meat whose livestock is known to be infected by foot and mouth disease. [154992]

Ms Quin [holding answer 22 March 2001]: The UK imports livestock under EU or national rules only from countries or areas officially recognised as being free from foot and mouth disease.

Community legislation recognises that disease is present in some countries, but has been contained in specific regions. The importation of meat is permitted from a limited number of countries where foot and mouth disease is present, but only where the disease is so contained. Imports of fresh meat are permitted only from those regions of the relevant countries that are not considered to pose a risk to human or animal health. Fully matured boneless beef, which does not pose an FMD risk may be imported from other regions subject to veterinary certification. Countries to which these controls currently apply are Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and Uruguay.

Community law allows member states to take action to prohibit imports from countries where a particular disease risk has been identified pending the amendment of Community laws to reflect the new disease situation. Because of their FMD situation prohibitions are currently in place on imports of meat of FMD susceptible species from South Africa, Swaziland and Argentina.

All meat imported from third countries is subject to veterinary checks at Border Inspection Posts to ensure that proper import requirements are met.

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Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will close the road past Wick Farm, Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester, to avoid further spread of foot and mouth disease. [153945]

Ms Quin [holding answer 15 March 2001]: Veterinary advice is that the road does not need to be closed at this time.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will grant discretionary powers to highway authorities to close roads past livestock holdings where stock may be at risk of infection by foot and mouth disease and where alternative routes may be available. [153946]

Ms Quin [holding answer 15 March 2001]: The Foot and Mouth Disease Order 1983 allows a Ministry or local authority inspector to prohibit the entry of any person onto any land or into any agricultural building that lies within an infected area. This power could be used to close roads. However, veterinary judgment has been that, except in very rare cases, to do so would be disproportionate to the risk involved.

Nonetheless, to ensure that inspectors have sufficient powers to control the current outbreak, additional powers have been inserted in the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order 1983 by the Foot and Mouth Disease (Amendment) (England) (No 4) Order 2001 which would allow an inspector of the Ministry or a local authority (with prior written authority of the Minister) to close roads within a controlled area. At present, England and Wales and Scotland have been declared controlled areas.

Mr. Paice: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer of 3 April 2001, Official Report, column 126W, on foot and mouth disease, how many sheep were exported in the 118 consignments; and what information he has regarding the other sheep movements in February referred to in the statement by the Prime Minister of 28 March 2001, Official Report, column 954, with particular reference to the number of them that were the result of change of ownership other than through official livestock markets or abattoirs. [157511]

Ms Quin [holding answer 9 April 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given him by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 10 April 2001, Official Report, column 588W.

45,808 sheep were certified for export in the 118 consignments exported in February this year. Sheep movements are not centrally recorded.

Mr. Tredinnick: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) when he will provide a substantive reply to the Question tabled for answer on 23 March (Ref: 155117) regarding the effectiveness of homoeopathic borax in the prevention of foot and mouth disease; [157704]

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Ms Quin [holding answers 9 April 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 24 April 2001, Official Report, column 257W.

Mr. Green: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what role the Environment Agency played in contingency planning for the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement; [157997]

Ms Quin [holding answer 10 April 2001]: The Environment Agency has been consulted by MAFF on the environmental impact of methods of dealing with animal disease outbreaks. Prior to the foot and mouth outbreak, the Agency had agreed with MAFF a National Incident Response Plan to ensure that guidance on protection of the natural environment was timely and accurate. The Environment Agency deals with pollution risks to ground and surface waters and has expertise in air pollution modelling, but is not the competent authority in this latter environmental impact.

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the changes in the average income of farmers (a) in the current year and (b) next year arising from the foot and mouth outbreak. [157009]

Ms Quin [holding answer 5 April 2001]: It is premature at this stage to estimate the impact of the foot and mouth outbreak on farm incomes.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the last outbreaks of foot and mouth were in each of the candidate countries for membership of the European Union; and if he will make a statement. [155586]

Ms Quin [holding answer 23 April 2001]: The latest reported dates are as follows:

CountryDate of last reported FMD outbreak
Czech Republic1975

(10) Last notified outbreak in that part of the former Yugoslavia

Mr. Baker: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of using the homeopathic remedy Borax 30 to combat the outbreak of foot and mouth, using information drawn from the experience of the 1967 outbreak. [155932]

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Ms Quin [holding answer 27 March 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bosworth (Mr. Tredinnick) on 24 April 2001, Official Report, 257W.

Mr. Gill: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what (a) advice, (b) proposals and (c) recommendations he has received from the European Commission on measures to contain foot and mouth disease; and what response he has made. [156200]

Ms Quin [holding answer 30 March 2001]: The Commission has been very supportive of the measures taken in the UK to control the outbreak. The Commission and members states have discussed the measures taken on a number of occasions and adopted a number of decisions relevant to the United Kingdom's position on the range of relevant issues.

A mission from Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission visited the UK on 12 to 16 March 2001. We are currently awaiting the official report to the Standing Veterinary Committee.

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