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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the names of staff who have been seconded to her Department

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from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the organisation from which each has come, (b) their responsibilities and civil service grades within her Department, (c) the organisation responsible for

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paying their salary and (d) the start and end dates of their secondment. [35838]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Due to confidentiality I am not able to release the names of the individuals that have been seconded to the Department. Two members of staff have been seconded from the private sector, one from July to December 1999, the other from September 2001 to May 2002. Both were seconded from the BBC at approximately grade seven level and paid by the BBC.

Energy Efficiency

Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage energy efficiency in commercial buildings. [33813]

Mr. Meacher: We have set up the Carbon Trust to promote business and public sector energy efficiency and the take-up of low carbon technology. We will be consulting on a CHP strategy shortly to promote this highly energy efficient technology. The climate change levy, and its associated climate change agreements, are also an important spur to business energy efficiency. But there remains a great unrealised potential for energy efficiency and the Department will be considering strategies to further enhance its role in the future.


Gillian Merron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Wirral, South (Mr. Chapman) on 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 905W, whether she can update the House on the measures her Department has taken to trace the offspring of BSE cases. [37486]

Mr. Morley: As a result of further checks, it has now become clear that two more offspring of BSE cases have been sold for human consumption, one in December and one in January. Some meat from the latter has been prevented from going into the food chain. These cases are being investigated. Measures are being taken to tighten up procedure and we are considering taking legal action.

Passports thought to have been held by officials outside animal health divisional offices were in fact returned to owners, enabling the animals to be sold despite the fact restriction notices were properly served on the owners, informing them the animals were not to be sold for human consumption. Consumer protection is provided by the over-30-month rule, the removal of specified risk material and the ban on the feeding of mammalian meat and bone meal to all farm livestock. These measures were applied in these cases.

Animal Welfare

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's plans for the future of the live animal export trade; and what plans she has for the banning of this trade. [32602]

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Mr. Morley: The Government have been consistent in their view that a trade in meat is preferable to the long distance transport of animals for slaughter. It is a matter that will be considered when the European Commission produces its proposals to update and improve the current EU rules on animal welfare during transport. The Government have no powers to introduce a ban on this trade. Judgments by the European Court of Justice have made it quite clear that such a ban would be illegal.


Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with newspaper and journal wholesalers who insist on individual newsagents taking pornography with their newspaper orders. [32844]

Mr. Morley: None. This is not a matter for this Department.

Horse Passports

Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she intends to implement Commission Decision 2000/68 on horse passports and to ensure that the new system meets the needs of the horse industry. [37280]

Alun Michael: We have carefully considered the responses to the consultation exercise carried out on the implementation of Commission Decision 2000/68. Taking account of these views and the need to comply with the terms of the Decision the Government have decided that by 31 December 2003 all horses and ponies must have passports. The Government also intend to introduce a unique identification number for all horses and ponies.

Owners and keepers of horses and ponies which are not currently registered will be required to register these animals with one of the appropriate approved equine organisations. The owners of these animals and the owners of registered horses and ponies which currently do not have passports, will be required to obtain passports from the approved organisations. We will require that owners of horses and ponies which currently have passports be issued with the new extended passport containing details of veterinary medicines administered.

Discussions are now taking place with industry organisations about detailed implementation arrangements.

The Government also consider that it is vital to establish a central database of basic information on horses which could be used for disease control and other purposes and will establish the necessary arrangements following discussion with the horse industry in order to achieve this end with a minimum of bureaucracy and at minimum costs.


Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how CAP funding is spent in the United Kingdom broken down by (a) types of schemes and (b) nations. [31254]

Mr. Morley [pursuant to his reply, 5 February 2002, c. 896W]: My answer referred to a table entitled

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"Subsidies Paid Directly to Farmers in 2001". The last two rows of the table showed values for total other subsidies and total subsidies. Unfortunately, these totals

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included some double counting. A new table providing the correct information is annexed. The rest of the answer remains unchanged.

Subsidies paid directly to farmers in 2001
£ million

England Wales ScotlandNorthern Ireland UK
Subsidies on product
Crop subsidies
Arable area payments on:
Other cereal crops2215(49)27
Oilseed rape94(49)9(49)103
Peas and beans-stockfeed and human consumption67(49)1(50)68
Other crops71(49)(49)8
Other crop subsidies3(50)(49)(50)3
Livestock subsidies:
Beef special premium126244646242
Suckler cow premium80256145211
Slaughter premium497131584
Extensification payment scheme50153427126
Over-30-months scheme91172326157
Beef national envelope1138526
Sheep annual premium74534213182
FMD light lambs122(50)5
Other subsidies
Dairy agrimonetary compensation5686979
Total subsidies on products1,2491623341941,940
Other subsidies
Other animal disease compensation111(49)1629
Less favoured areas support schemes42426118164
Agri-environment schemes:14534347220
Countryside Stewardship49(50)(50)(50)49
Countryside Premium (Scotland)(50)(50)9(50)9
Tir Cymen and Tir Gofal(50)13(50)(50)13
Organic Farming2735(49)35
Environmentally Sensitive Areas48710571
Nitrate Sensitive Areas3(50)(50)(50)3
Woodland Schemes8(49)5214
Total other subsidies3607911543596
Total subsidies1,6092424492372,536

(49) Negligible, less than 0.5

(50) Not applicable

(51) Payments for sites of special scientific interest are not part of CAP

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