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Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the implications of D notice restrictions for the movement of farm animals in Worcestershire; when she expects all such restrictions to be removed; and if she will make a statement. 
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From 17 September livestock have been able to move for commercial reasons as well as for welfare reasons, subject to appropriate disease control restrictions and strict biosecurity controls. Journeys are not subject to a distance limit, but the journey must take no longer than nine hours. Full details of the conditions to be applied are available on the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the livestock movement restrictions; what is the timetable of such a review; and if she will monitor the applicability of the full range of movement restrictions to the Isle of Wight. 
Mr. Morley: The livestock movement restrictions arising from the foot and mouth disease outbreaks are kept under continuous review in the light of progress with eradicating the disease. Farm-to-farm movements are restarting in phases between 17 September and 1 October. We will then review the extent to which additional movements could be permitted over the winter and spring period.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the differences between livestock movement restrictions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Morley: Responsibility for animal health matters is devolved to the Administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but there is close co-operation between the Rural Affairs Departments across the UK.
As the foot and mouth disease situation various across the constituent parts of the UK, different measures are needed to control it in different areas, although a common autumn movement regime currently operates in England and Wales.
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contractors have had their contracts terminated because of (a) incompetence, (b) financial irregularities and (c) disagreements with her Department's officials. 
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates her Department hired or used helicopters in the last six months; and what the purpose was of each use. 
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David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what precautions the Government have taken to ensure that the United Kingdom is not subject to a further outbreak of classical swine fever. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the locations of incinerators in England and Wales (a) which are operational, (b) where permission has been given but they are not yet operational and (c) where a planning application has been submitted but has not yet been determined. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 10 July 2001]: The Environment Agency reports that there are 11 municipal waste incinerators currently operational in England and Wales, marked in the table as "O". The table includes details of facilities which are under construction or approved but not yet constructed. Details of facilities where a planning application has been submitted but not yet determined are not held centrally. However, the table includes those planned sites that we are aware of.
There are many other incinerators, generally much smaller than municipal waste incinerators, for the incineration of sewage sludge, hazardous waste, clinical waste, production waste from factories etc. Generally, the larger plant are regulated by the Environment Agency and details of their locations are available on the Environment Agency's public register except where incinerators are part of another process regulated by the Agency, where they may not be shown separately on the register. Smaller
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non-hazardous incineration plant are regulated by local authorities; the Department holds general information but detailed information is held separately by each local authority on a public register.
|Edmonton||London Borough of Enfield||O|
|SELCHP||London Borough of Lewisham||O|
|Belvedere||London Borough of Bexley||P|
|Edmonton B||London Borough of Enfield||P|
|Cleveland||Stockton on Tees||O|
|Chineham, North Baskingstoke||Baskingstoke and Deane||A|
|Capel, Surrey||Mole Valley||P|
|Redhill||Reigate and Banstead Borough Council||P|
|Ridham Dock||Swale District Council||P|
|Stoke on Trent||Stoke on Trent||O|
|Worcester||Worcester District Council||P|
|Goole||East Riding of Yorkshire||P|
|Grimsby||North East Lincolnshire||P|
|Hull||City of Hull||P|
|Crymlyn Burrows||Neath Port Talbot||U/C|
U/C Under construction
A Approved but not yet constructed
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to (a) conduct and (b) commission research into the environmental and health impact of waste incineration; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 13 July 2001]: There is already a large body of research on incineration, but we are looking at what more needs to be done and the current Environmental Protection research programme contains a prospective project on possible "Health Effects of Incinerators".
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of dioxins is considered potentially lethal; what dioxins are produced in incineration of waste; and if she will make a statement on the methods of disposal of them. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 18 July 2001]: There is no evidence on which to base a level at which dioxins are potentially lethal to humans. Studies on humans who have been exposed to high levels of dioxins as a result of accidents or occupational exposure have reported a range of effects such as chloracne, an increased risk of cancer, changes in biochemical parameters such as enzyme levels and increases in mortality from cardiovascular disease, although there remains uncertainty about the direct causal link with dioxins. It is not known exactly what level of dioxins the people in these studies were exposed to but body burdens were at least one order of magnitude higher than in the general population. The Committee on
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Toxicity (COT) is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the toxicity of dioxins and will report their findings later this year.
A mixture of dioxins is produced in incineration of wastethey are formed on particles as the gases leaving the incinerator cool down. The gas treatment system reduces the particles and dioxins levels to the limits prescribed in the Waste Incineration Directive (total concentration of dioxins and furans 0.1ng toxic equivalents/m 3 averaged over 68 hours). Disposal of material contaminated with dioxinssuch as fly ashis normally to special landfill where they are contained, do not leach, and will pose no risk to health or the environment.
Our policy is that where waste incineration facilities are proposed, they should be small enough that they do not act as a disincentive to increases in recycling, and should include Combined Heat and Powerwhere heat is used to produce electricity and provide heating to homes or businesseswherever possible.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to compensate those living in the vicinity of proposed municipal incinerators; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Meacher: Municipal incinerator plants will only be built once the full planning process has been completed. The local planning authority is responsible for the determination of any relevant planning permission, including the imposition of any appropriate conditions. We have no plans to compensate residents living in the vicinity of proposed municipal incinerators.
The Environment Agency will regulate the environmental performance of such plants. Its permits contain legally binding conditions concerning operational requirements. The Environment Agency will regularly inspect the incinerators and require the reporting of emissions and performance.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration she has given to a moratorium on new municipal incinerators; and if she will make a statement. 
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