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adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence to which he referred at Prime Minister's questions on 12 June; and if he will make a statement. 
Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what matters in respect of the sea bed disposal of radioactive waste from the United Kingdom in the Hurd Deep near the Channel Islands were discussed during his visit to Jersey on 14 June. 
Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to ensure the continued operation of the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 10 June 2002]: The Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine is part of the University of Edinburgh and is reliant on funding from a wide range of sources for both research and training. DEFRA is not a significant funder of CTVM. DEFRA is interested in aspects of veterinary training and funds Veterinary Fellowship programmes at three Veterinary Schoolsincluding one at Edinburgh. We are awaiting the Royal Society Inquiry report which may make recommendations about training.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farms with countryside stewardship scheme agreements have had their scheme compliance checked during the first year of the agreement by farm visits from her Department's Rural Development Service. 
Mr. Morley: The Rural Payments Agency is responsible for carrying out compliance inspections of countryside stewardship agreements in accordance with EU requirements. EU rules require at least 5 per cent. of agreements to be inspected and selected using a risk based selection criteria. The risk based selection criteria is not specifically related to the year of agreement.
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of countryside stewardship agreements the Rural Payments Agency has visited in each year since the scheme began. 
Mr. Morley: The Rural Development Regulation requires member states to undertake on-the-spot compliance checks on at least 5 per cent. of agreements each year. Between 1996 and 2000, just over 5 per cent. of agreements were subject to such checks by MAFF staff each year. The Rural Payments Agency assumed responsibility for these checks in April 2001, after the Regional Service Centres of MAFF were disbanded. Since then, no compliance checks have been undertaken on Countryside Stewardship agreements. The foot and mouth epidemic prevented Agency staff undertaking any checks during the majority of the last calendar year and the early part of 2002. Arrangements for resuming checks on Countryside Stewardship agreements are well advanced.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 15 May 2002, Official Report, column 654W, on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, if she will outline how the risk-based selection system works; and what monitoring is in place to identify risks. 
the number of agricultural parcels and the area or number of animals for which aid is requested;
changes from the previous years;
the findings of checks made in past years;
cases of non-compliance;
those farmers who are either just above or just below ceilings or limits relevant for the granting of aids;
replacement of animals.
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Mr. Morley [holding answer 10 June 2002]: We have increased the number and improved the locations of posters explaining our import controls at the major UK airports. The Football Association agreed to target football fans travelling to the World Cup with advice about the risk of importing foot and mouth disease from South Korea. These initiatives are part of our work to increase public awareness of the current regulations and their importance.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she has given to port health officers about the risks of foot and mouth disease being introduced to the United Kingdom by (a) travellers and (b) goods from South Korea. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 10 June 2002]: We have notified enforcement authorities and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in South Korea so that they take this into consideration when undertaking checks of cargo and passenger baggage. On, 22 May, enforcement officers' search powers were extended to include personal baggage and all commercial containers, whether or not described as food.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by HM Customs and Excise to reduce the risk of foot and mouth disease being brought into the United Kingdom by travellers from South Korea. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 10 June 2002]: HM Customs and Excise support the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and their enforcement agencies in their implementation of import controls designed to protect animal and human health. Customs staff have been alerted to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in South Korea and have been directed to bring any consignments discovered in Customs checks to the attention of the appropriate local health officials.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) the hazards to shipping, (b) the impact of global warming and (c) changes in sea levels in connection with the floating away of iceberg numbers (i) C19 and (ii) C10 from Antarctica. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 10 June 2002]: C19 broke away from the west Antarctic in the last few weeks and is currently drifting slowly north. C10 broke away about five years ago and is currently located at approximately 64 degrees south, 99 east.
There is an obvious risk to navigation, especially when we consider that a vessel undertaking a "great circle" sailing in the southern ocean will be drawn into high latitudes. However, the risk is minimised by knowledge of the location, size and movement of the icebergs from satellite remote sensing devices, the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) services to ensure that mariners are aware of the danger and the contribution from modern navigation systems.
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The breaking away of C10 and C19 will not have an impact on global warming. While the break-up of ice shelves is consistent with a warmer world, it is still not clear the degree to which global warming has contributed to the recent break-up of parts of the Antarctic ice shelf.
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