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Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton, South constituency since 1997. 
Mr. Morley: DEFRA was created on 8 June 2001, and does not hold statistical information on a constituency basis relating to the Department's policies. As many of the Department's policies flow from measures agreed within the framework of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, statistical data are normally available on a UK or England basis.
Farmers in the UK receive approximately £2.5 billion per year in direct CAP payments. This does not include the significant additional costs to consumers as a result of CAP price supports, which keeps EU prices above prevailing world prices.
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The Government are committed to securing a more economically rational CAP. This will benefit both consumers and taxpayers in Luton, South. We aim to redirect public money from agricultural price support mechanisms to rural development measures of benefit to the wider rural community and visitors to the countryside.
One of the most important outcomes of Agenda 2000 was the establishment of the Rural Development Regulation, which is being implemented in England through the England Rural Development Programme (ERDP), investing around £1.6 billion in rural areas over seven years. By supporting rural development, including diversification into tourist activities, and by conserving and enhancing the rural environment through support for 'public' goods such as biodiversity and landscape appearance, the ERDP offers benefits to all who visit the countryside.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 11 October 2001 from the hon. Member for Torbay on behalf of Mrs. Cawood of Torquay. 
As the hon. Member knows, the Food Standards Agency report to Parliament through Health Ministers, and I understand that the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) replied on 15 June 2002.
Mr. Morley: The interdepartmental working group on timber procurement is open to participation by all central Government Departments and their agencies. Representation is not fixed as such but the regular attendees are from a core of the departments that volunteered to participate when the group was first set up.
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Mr. Morley: Since the commencement of the over-30-month slaughter scheme (OTMS) meat and bonemeal (MBM) storage costs are estimated at £60 million. These costs include those storage costs incurred for the storage of MBM produced as a result of various culls employed to combat foot and mouth disease.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the questions from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight of 1 March, Refs. 39938 and 40044. 
Mr. Morley: The answers to questions Ref. 39938 and Ref. 40044 were conveyed to the hon. Member on 10 June 2002, Official Report, column 889W. The delay that occurred was due to intense pressure of work in the section responsible for providing the necessary information. DEFRA Ministers and staff regret this delay. Revised procedures and additional resources have been introduced to ensure that a better service to hon. Members is provided in future.
Mrs. Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of illegal food and plant imports was seized at (a) (i) Heathrow, (ii) Gatwick and (iii) Manchester airports and (b) (A) Southampton, (B) Dover, (C) Felixstowe and (D) Liverpool seaports in each of the last three months; and what the nature was of the products seized. 
Mr. Morley: We have no records logged for Southampton, Felixstowe and Liverpool seaports. However, enforcement agencies have notified us about the seizures of illegal food and plant imports made at Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports and Dover seaport. These are as summarised.
|Nature of product(s) seized||Month 2002||Total weight in kilograms|
|Beef, shrimp, animal fat, ghee, prawns and abalone, fish (salted and dried), poultry, milk, ready to eat meals, snails||February||671.23|
|Sausage meat, snails, honey, shrimps, dried fish, dairy products||March||796.00|
|Meat, camel, chicken stock cubes, Milo, Ovaltine, honey, fish, duck eggs, shrimp and fish, Milo, dairy products||April||203.00|
|Smoked and salted fish, snail meat, milk drink and sachets, cheese, foie gras||February||2,365.00|
|Milk powder, smoked fish, smoked chicken, hunting trophies, biltong, packet soups, chicken cubes||March||1,174.00|
|Meat, cooked poultry||April||135.00|
|Assorted fish products, milk powder||March||43.00|
|Meatsausages, whole pigs, dairy products, fish||February||50.50|
|Meatsausage, ham, dried pork, salami, fish, dairy products||March||243.91|
|Meatham, bacon, sausage, fish, dairycheese||April||178.50|
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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she is having with EU Ministers about reforming the EU's policies towards importing goods from the third world; and if she will make a statement. 
Clare Short: The UK Government have been working to reduce the tariffs that apply to developing country goods entering the EU. For example, the UK played a central role in establishing the Everything But Arms initiative that will provide the 49 least developed countries with duty and quota free access to the EU for all goods except arms. In addition, the UK is pushing the EU to be as generous as possible in current economic partnership negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries under Cotonou agreement. However, high tariffs remain on many goods of export interest to developing countries. In order to tackle such barriers, a new trade round was launched at the fourth WTO ministerial meeting in Doha in November last year
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with a pro-development agenda. The meeting resulted in agreement on the need to reduce barriers to trade in all products including agricultural ones. The UK Government are fully committed to making these commitments become a reality.
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