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Mr. Morley: Operational responsibility for flood management measures rests with the local operating authorities, normally the Environment Agency (EA) and local councils, who decide which projects to promote and their timing.
I understand that the EA's model for the Tidal River Severn downstream of Gloucester has been completed recently. It will be used to develop the Tidal Severn Strategy which the EA plan to publish in summer 2003.
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Mr. Morley: In respect of biosecurity precautions necessary to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease, factsheets have been sent to all livestock farmers and advice was also placed on the DEFRA website http://www.defra.gov.uk/. The importance of good biosecurity was emphasised by the production of a video on biosecurity in July. This was also sent to all livestock farmers and could also be seen on the DEFRA website.
Similar guidance was issued to livestock farmers in Scotland by the Scottish Executive. Parallel arrangements consistent with the epidemiology were also made in Northern Ireland by the local executive.