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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the state of the fox population following the cessation of hunting as part of foot and mouth eradication. 
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms were subject to contingency culls undertaken in each county area during the foot and mouth disease epidemic; and what percentage these culls represent of all culls. 
Mr. Morley: During the foot and mouth outbreak in Great Britain, animals from 2,026 infected premises, 7,494 dangerous contacts premises (of which 3,329 were contiguous premises) and 257 slaughter on suspicion premises, have been slaughtered. No other farms have been designated for culling.
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Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will inform hon. Members when the independent inquiry into the lessons to be learned from the foot and mouth epidemic has begun its work. 
Mr. Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the number and (b) the process of selection of (i) former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food officials and (ii) former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions officials now working in her Department; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: When DEFRA was created on 8 June 2001, all staff working in MAFF and the staff working on environmental protection and wildlife and countryside in DETR transferred to the new Department. As at 1 November 2001, there were 8,157 staff in core DEFRA and 5,952 staff in DEFRA agencies, making a total of 14,109 staff. Of the 8,157 staff in core DEFRA, 635 came from DETR and 7,522 came from former MAFF or joined DEFRA as new employees since 8 June.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what are the conditions with which (a) hunt organisers and (b) hunt followers must comply following approval of recommencement of hunting in England; and what is the purpose of each condition. 
Alun Michael: This answer should be read against the background to the arrangements which I set out fully in an answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Mr. Luff) on 10 January 2002, Official Report, column 905W, for allowing the controlled resumption of hunting.
A permanent record is maintained by the hunt master, chairman or other responsible person as any of them may designate until at least six months after the expiry of the validity of the permit of the date and location of every hunt, and of any unusual incidents occurring during the hunt, and that this record is made available on demand to an inspector;
All necessary precautions are taken to avoid any possibility of incursions in the course of the hunt by participants or by any dogs or horse into an at risk or high risk county or onto premises subject to Form A or D restrictions or any like restrictions
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Best endeavours are used to encourage spectators to follow the progress of the hunt from public roads or from footpaths or bridleways which are not subject to FMD restrictions;
No dogs are used in the hunt if within the past 56 days they have been kennelled or fed at premises which receive or collect fallen stock from premises outside the county in which the hunt takes place or from an adjoining FMD free county;
Prior to hunting every participant has signed and dated a certificate of compliance with these conditions in the form required by DEFRA in respect of himself and any horse, quad bike, bicycle or other vehicle which he proposes to be used in the hunt and this certificate has been passed to the hunt chairman, master or other responsible person for the retention for at least six months after the expiry of the permit and that all such certificates shall be made available on demand to an inspector;
A certificate of compliance for each hunt in the form required by DEFRA is delivered to the Divisional Veterinary Manager at the local DEFRA Animal Health Divisional Office not later than three working days after the day of the hunt.
(i) if their main dwelling is not in an FMD free county; or
These conditions are designed to manage the disease control risks associated with hunting with dogs and to implement the recommendations of the veterinary risk assessment into these activities. Some conditions are necessary to ensure the efficient administration of the permit scheme.
Full details of the temporary system of permits for hunting with dogs, including the veterinary risk assessment, applications forms and certificates of compliance are available on the DEFRA website http://www.defra.gov.uk/.
Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by county the amounts paid to farmers in England and Wales for the last five years for each of the (a) CAP and (b) UK schemes for which she is responsible. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of agricultural producer support in (a) the EU, (b) the UK and (c) England is met by (i) direct subsidy, (ii) price support, (iii) import charges, (iv) export refunds and (v) intervention. 
Mr. Morley: The OECD produces annual estimates of agricultural producer support in OECD countries, called Producer Support Estimate (PSE). Their most recent provisional estimate for the EU shows that in 2000 about 40 per cent. of agricultural producer support is derived from direct subsidies. The remainder of the producer support is a result of market support measures (import charges, export refunds and intervention) and it is not possible to estimate the effect of these measures separately.
My latest estimates for the UK for 2000 indicate that about 45 per cent. of UK agricultural producer support is a result of direct subsidies, with the remainder resulting from CAP market support measures. The estimates for England are similar to the UK figure.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the written questions of the hon. Member for Vale of York tabled on 29 November, Refs. 20777, 20778, 20779 and 20780. 
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