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Margaret Hodge : We have announced our intention to publish a strategy document setting out our vision for the development and reform of higher education, including the outcome of the review of student support. The document will be out shortly; it would not be right to pre-empt it here by saying what is or is not planned.
Margaret Hodge: We have announced our intention to publish a strategy document setting out our vision for the development and reform of higher education, including the outcome of the review of student support. The document will be out shortly; it would not be right to pre-empt it here by saying what is or is not planned.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department for Education and Skills does not publish outturn expenditure forecasts at this stage of the year. Estimated outturn figures for 200203 will be published in the Budget Report 2003.
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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle pregnancies and lactations were generated by (a) artificial insemination and (b) hire bulls in the last 12 months. 
Mr Morley: At present there is no information collected or held on a central basis of how many cattle pregnancies and lactations were generated by artificial inseminations and hire bulls. This could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost that would be an unjustifiable use of public resources.
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to promote the planting of biofuel crops on set aside land; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Meacher: This Department has allocated #29 million under the Energy Crops Scheme, part of the England Rural Development Programme, for the establishment of short rotation coppice and miscanthus for energy purposes. These crops can be planted on set-aside land and receive payments under the Arable Area Payments Scheme. The Government are providing #70 million of funding through a package of measures which will develop markets for biomass, including energy crops grown on set-aside land, in heat, combined heat and power and electricity generation.
The European Commission has published initial proposals for further reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to take effect from 2004. Under these proposals, no crops would be grown on set-aside land. A new carbon credit of Euro45 per hectare is proposed for energy crops, to be paid to producers entering into a contract with a processor. The proposal includes a maximum guaranteed area of 1.5 million hectares eligible for this additional payment.
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Defra are responsible for the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) Regulations 2002 which governs the release and marketing of all genetically modified organisms in the European Union. This would cover any proposal to release a genetically modified farm animal into the environment; either for experimental or commercial use.
The Health and Safety Executive are responsible for the Genetically Modified (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 which governs the risks to human health from GMOs (including any farm animals) in contained use.
The Home Office are responsible for the implementation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. This legislation regulates the use of live animals, including farm animal species, for experimental or other scientific purposes where the use of the animals may cause pain, distress or lasting harm.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the access to waterways for canoeists; and if she will make a statement. 
As a first step I have asked the Countryside Agency (in partnership with other Government agencies) to pilot some access demonstration projects to develop best practice for access agreements on key stretches of water.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 September 2002, Official Report, column 283W, on climate change, what costs are associated with the UK climate change scenarios; when the results will be published; if she will list the other projects that the UK Government is working on in other countries and the associated costs incurred; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Meacher: In April 2002, the Department published the 2002 UK Climate Change Scenarios. The total direct cost of producing these scenarios was #153,500, covering climate modelling, interpretation of model outputs, and publication and dissemination of research findings.
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The Department is also funding bilateral programmes in India and China. These projects use the outputs of the Hadley Centre's regional climate model, to investigate the possible impacts of climate change. The India programme is investigating the possible impact of climate change on water resources, forestry, infrastructure, health, agriculture and the coastal zone, at a total cost of #650,000 over three years. The China programme is investigating the possible impact of climate change on agriculture, at a total cost of approximately #400,000 over 2 years.
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will answer the letters of 15 March and 21 August from the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border, on Mr. D Armstrong of Mill Hill Road, Wigton, Cumbria and Mr. W K Graham of Sillan, Cumbria.