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Mr. Collins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by her Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations. 
Mr. Morley: From information held centrally there have been no occasions in the last 12 months when the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by the Department due to national security obligations under paragraph 6(h) of the supply regulations.
Mr. Morley: Following machinery of government changes and the creation of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, all staff outside the senior civil service were given an annual leave entitlement of 30 days from 1 August 2001. This was done as one of the first steps towards harmonising terms and conditions of service for the then ex-MAFF and ex-DETR staff who joined together to form the new Department.
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Responsibility for leave matters within the Central Science Laboratory, the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the Centre for Environmental Fisheries and Aquaculture Agencyall former MAFF Agencieshas been delegated to the Agency Chief Executives and I have asked them to reply direct. The Pesticides Safety Directorate, the Rural Payments Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate Agencies are covered by the departmental response.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the EU directives relating to her Department which have been (a) amended and (b) repealed in 2002. 
Mr. Morley: In answer to part (a) the table lists directives adopted in 2002, for which DEFRA is the lead Department, which amend previously adopted directives alongside the numbers of the amended directives.
In answer to part (b), the only directive to have been repealed in 2002 for which DEFRA is the lead Department is 1974/649/EEC (on marketing material for the vegetative propagation of vine). This was repealed by Directive 2002/11/EC.
|Directive number||Directive name||Amending directive|
|2002/48/EC||Amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC to include Improvalicarb, Prosulfuron, and Sulfosulfuron as active substances||1991/414/EEC|
|2002/42/EC||Fixing of maximum levels of pesticide residue in cereals, foodstuffs of animal origins and certain products of plant origins||Certain Annexes to 1986/362/EEC, 1986/363/EEC and 1990/642/EEC|
|2002/37/EC||Amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC to include Ethofumesate as an active||1991/414/EEC|
|2002/36/EC||Protective Measures against introductions of organisms harmful to plant or plant products||Certain Annexes to 2000/29/EC|
|2002/29/EC||Certain protected zones exposed to particular plant health risks||2001/32/EC|
|2002/28/EC||Measures against the introduction of organisms harmful to plants||Certain Annexes to 2000/29/EC|
|2002/23/EC||Maximum levels of pesticides residues||Certain Annexes to 1986/362/EEC, 1986/363/EEC and 1990/642/EEC|
|2002/18/EC||Placing of plant protection products on the market isoproturon||Annex 1 to 1991/414/EEC|
|2002/11/EC||Marketing of material for the vegetative propagation of vine||1968/193/EEC|
|2002/8/EC||Minimum conditions for examining vegetables and agricultural varieties||1972/168/EEC and 1972/180/EEC|
|2002/5/EC||Maximum levels for pesticides residues||Annex II to 1990/642/EEC|
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount of fines levied against those prosecuted for littering offences in the United Kingdom was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
£16,505 in 199798
£63,240 in 199899
£39,075 in 19992000
£28,475 in 200001.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) intends to make of the impact of (i) dredging and (ii) other marine activities on benthic fauna; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: The Department does not regulate dredging but does provide advice to the Department of Transport and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the effects of navigation and aggregate dredging respectively on the marine environment, including benthic fauna.
With regard to other marine activities, the Department assesses the potential impact on benthic life of proposals which are the subject of applications for licences under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 to deposit substances or articles in the sea. This includes proposals to dispose of dredged material and for a wide range of marine construction activities.
The Department is funding a programme of research on the effects of aggregate dredging, including the rate of recovery of benthic life after dredging has ceased. In addition the Department's Centre for Environment,
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Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on using 0870 telephone numbers for inquiries by the public to the Department and its agencies. 
Mr. Morley: DEFRA operates helpline numbers for people seeking information or assistance. Some of these services are free of charge but most use local rate call numbers with 0845 prefixes; however one, the Pets Travel Scheme Helpline, uses the prefix 0870.
Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what staff and resources were allocated in each year since 1999 towards the bovine TB problem in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Herefordshire and (d) Worcestershire. 
Mr. Morley: The information requested on a county basis is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Expenditure by the State Veterinary Service (Field) on the bovine TB programme is shown in Table 1. This includes the cost of local and temporary veterinary inspectors but does not include compensation.
The amount of compensation paid for cattle slaughtered to control bovine TB from 1999 to 2001 is shown in Table 2. Compensation figures are only readily available for Great Britain as a whole and are collated on a calendar year basis.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of Central Science Laboratory research relating to badgers feeding in cattle troughs. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 3 July 2002]: The study by Central Science Laboratory and Sussex university showed that badgers frequently visited buildings on two farms in Gloucestershire, to exploit a range of food items. During some visits cattle feed was contaminated with badger faeces and badgers came into close direct contact with housed cattle. Given that there is a substantial body of circumstantial evidence implicating the badger in the transmission of bovine TB to cattle, such situations could potentially carry a high risk of infection. CSL will embark on a wider-scale DEFRA funded study later this year to investigate this phenomenon further.
|Number of animals slaughtered|
(1) Animals which gave a positive result (i.e. reacted) to the tuberculin test and were compulsorily slaughtered.
(2) Animals which, under the terms of Directive 64/432 as amended, were considered to have been direct contacts exposed to TB and therefore compulsorily slaughtered.
(3) Animals compulsorily slaughtered because they reacted to the tuberculin test of because they were considered to be direct contacts. Not all the animals will necessarily be confirmed as being infected with Mycobacterium bovis.
(4) Provisional: data for 1999 onwards will remain provisional until all culture results are available and final data validation carried out.
DEFRA's Animal Health Database
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