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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 1) what was her Department's (a) planned and (b) actual expenditure on services from the Central Science Laboratory in 200102; 
(3) what her Department's planned expenditure is on the Central Science Laboratory in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the next three financial years. 
Margaret Beckett: The Central Science Laboratory provides a wide variety of primarily scientific services connected with agriculture, food and the countryside to my Department and other customers. Those services are provided on the basis of contracts for specific projects and expenditure by the Department on the Central Science Laboratory will be dependent on the totality of those contracts from individual departmental customers.
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* includes income from the EU.
Fuller information is available in the Central Science Laboratory's Annual Report and Accounts available on their website at: www.csl.gov.uk/news/publication/
Central Science Laboratory's planned income from its departmental customers for the current financial year is expected to total #27,919m.
CSL current forecast income for the next three financial years is as follows:
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Alun Michael: Pollution is tightly regulated under a range of legislation. For example, industrial activities with a significant polluting potential must prevent or minimise emissions by applying the ''Best Available Techniques'', in accordance with the new Pollution Prevention and Control regime (The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000). Where polluters are prosecuted in the Courts, any fines that might be imposed are paid to the Exchequer. These payments are not ring-fenced for environmental improvement purposes but imposed by the Courts as a penalty. The Courts can also order payment of regulators' costs.
As regards the Pollution Prevention and Control regime, in line with the ''polluter pays'' principle, polluting companies are required to meet the cost of any necessary improvements and fees in relation to the cost of regulation. There is also a provision under the Pollution Prevention and Control legislation enabling regulators, in certain circumstances, to require operators to prevent or remedy the effects of pollution at their own expense and to recover the costs where the regulator itself arranges for the work to be done.
Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria are used by her Department to determine entitlement to new investment to protect residential areas at risk from flooding. 
Mr. Morley: This Department provides funding to local operating authorities for new and improved flood and coastal defences that are technically sound, economically worthwhile and environmentally acceptable, and also achieve an appropriate priority score. The priority score system has been revised and, for schemes starting after April 2003, will be based on three elementseconomic, people issues and environmental protection and enhancement.
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and (c) Parish Transport Grant was (i) bid for and (ii) spent in (A) 200102 and (B) 200203 to date broken down by organisation. 
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Alun Michael: I refer the hon. Member to the figures below. Annual figures for the amount of money bid for are not currently available. Cumulative figures for the whole programme period, split by organisation, have been given.
|Scheme||Organisation||Bid 01/03 (to Oct 1)||Spent 01/02||Spent 02/03 (to Oct 1)|
|Parish Plans||Parish & Town Councils||#0.92m||#0.39m||#0.53m|
|Community Service Grant||Commercial/Retail||#2.09m||#1.02m||#0.87m|
|Parish Transport Grant||Parish and Town Councils||#0.97m||#0.35m||#0.6m|
(1) ''Other'' includes private individuals, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit groups.
Alun Michael: The Department for Trade and Industry established a #2 million fund in November 2001 of which #822,337 has been approved up to 30 September 2002. Of this #528,991 has been paid out. The breakdown of funds by English county and devolved administration is:
|County||Money Approved||Money Paid Out|
|Tyne and Wear||#9,864||#0|
Since April 2001 the Vital Villages programme has supported 35 schemes, which included support for rural post offices. Figures broken down by county are not available but #373,211 has been spent on these schemes in total.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 987W, on the Rural White Paper, what information on expenditure and assistance has since been carried out by her Department on market towns; and if she will publish it. 
Alun Michael: Expenditure on market towns in 200102 is estimated at some #2.5m by the Regional Development Agencies and some #2.5m by the Countryside Agency. Information for the current financial year is not yet available but as most towns have now completed their action plans this should result in a substantial increase in project expenditure by RDAs and other partners.
Alun Michael: The Government has re-established the Tenancy Reform Industry Group to help it take forward the recommendations on agricultural tenancy issues made by the Policy Commission on Food and Farming and in the report produced by Plymouth University on the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. The group is expected to hold its first meeting shortly. I can confirm that the Government has no plans at present to introduce a right-to-buy scheme for tenant farmers in England and Wales.
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