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Bushmeat

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost is per unit of X-ray equipment capable of the detection of bushmeat in aircraft passenger luggage. [75928]

Mr. Morley: The cost of X-ray machines varies with size and specification. Trained operators and associated personnel are also required, all of which add to the costs. Defra is investigating the potential for using X-ray machines to detect illegal imports of meat, meat products and bushmeat in passenger baggage and commercial freight entering the UK. Until these investigations are complete, we cannot calculate costings.

CAP Reform

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with EU entrant countries on CAP reform. [77305]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 28 October 2002]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and my noble Friend Lord Whitty met Ministers from Poland, Estonia, Romania and Turkey in July. CAP reform was among the topics discussed. In addition my noble Friend Lord Whitty visited Hungary, the Czech Republic and Estonia in September and CAP reform featured in his discussions with agriculture Ministers there.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts over reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. [77941]

Mr. Morley: Apart from regular contacts in the Agricultural Council my colleagues and I meet frequently to discuss this on a bilateral basis. Most recently I met with my German opposite number on 24 October and plan to meet my Spanish counterpart on 7 November.

Civil Service Secondments

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals have been seconded to senior civil servant positions in her Department, in each case listing (a) from which organisation, (b) the duration to date and planned duration of secondment and (c) the source of current salary in secondment post. [78981]

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Alun Michael: There has been one individual seconded to a senior civil servant position in this Department since its creation in June 2001. The details are as follows:

FromDurationSource of current salary
Warwick UniversityMarch 2002 to March 2007Warwick University

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior civil servants are seconded from her Department, in each case listing (a) location, (b) duration to date and planned duration of secondment and (c) source of current salary in secondment post. [78982]

Alun Michael: There are three senior civil servants seconded from this Department. Details are given in the table.

Organisation and LocationDurationSource of current salary
The Carbon Trust—(LondonJanuary 2001 to April 2007Defra
Oslo and Paris Commission (OSPAR)—LondonFebruary 2001 to February 2003OSPAR
United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP)—Nairobi, KenyaAugust 2000 to July 2003UNEP

Collection Bins

Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce amnesty collection bins for food products at UK air and seaports. [77540]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 28 October 2002]: We are currently consulting the Home Office, the Department for Transport, HM Customs and Excise, and the relevant ports and airports, on the issues surrounding the provision of amnesty bins or equivalent measures to encourage the surrender of unintended illegal personal imports.

Common Agricultural Policy

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the Common Agricultural Policy dairy regime, what overall annual level of payments has been made to dairy processing and exporting companies in the UK over the last 10 years, broken down by type of (a) subsidy, (b) company and (c) product. [76614]

Mr. Morley: The table details expenditure on a calendar year for each of the dairy processing schemes and the dairy product based export refund schemes administered by the Rural Payments Agency (and previously the Intervention Board) from 1993 to 2002 inclusive. These schemes are prescribed by European Community regulation, but participation in them by the

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industry is entirely discretionary. Beneficiaries under these schemes include:



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The figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Rural payments agency annual payments made to dairy processing and exporting companies in the UK over the last 10 years

Scheme1993199419951996199719981999200020012002Total
Butter for direct consumption1602,9321,5941,1911,7481,8191,0461,1091,02674013,365
butter for manufacture0000023,10036,27131,70029,52020,851141,442
Butter for non-profit making organisations5,6134,4714,3492,3032,8932,4051,5861,0081,11574626,489
Butter for manufacture51,80848,89757,23436,30749,00920,53986000263,880
Intervention Butter purchases0006,98736,61218,58616,67715,4674,64618,986117,961
Control of casein in cheese000-1180-130004
Liquid skimmed milk for stockfeed677365341871671465315001,851
PSB-Private storage of butter9891,5956683534415906261,0278375717,697
Casein and Caseinates780300003,7777,420420011,725
Skimmed milk powder for animal feed6,7895,6135,6032,8653,5302,4312,5842,04394185333,252
Intervention Purchases31310,355040,00334,73640,42425,429994018,755171,009
Skimmed milk Powder
Skimmed milk for Russia000000085900859
Skimmed milk powder-Export Refund8,9467,4038,7413,81215,4406,3228,52810,1614621,87171,686
Whole Milk powder-Export Refunds39,77651,93548,78949,31570,34357,17750,59548,3527254,322421,329
Condensed Milk-Export Refunds47201814119773,5514764,160
Butter and butter Oil-Export Refunds9,36611,2477,8731,5445,8001,1141,4281,5311,42946541,797
Cheese-Export Refunds33,54926,56515,10415,2863,4304,3365,5583,98622,6312130,447
Other Dairy products-Export Refunds20,24420,05518,93212,4787,7785,2812,8051,134628,228116,941
Total178,355191,453169,276172,544231,956184,279157,043126,81367,30996,8661,575,894


Correspondence

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed dated 24 January referring to correspondence dated 23 October 2001 which was referred to her by the Paymaster General relating to constituents who let holiday cottages in an area subject to foot and mouth restrictions. [52099]

Mr. Morley: My right hon. Friend the Paymaster General responded to the right hon. Member on 12 June. His original correspondence was sent to this Department inadvertently and was consequently transferred to HM Treasury.

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will send a full response to the letter dated 18 April from the hon. Member for Leominster on behalf of Mr. A. T. F. Brodie, a constituent. [77025]

Mr. Morley: A response was sent to the hon. Member on 1 November.

Egg Packers

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has, in line with the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food's recommendations, to undertake a formal review of the Supermarkets' Code of Practice in order to increase the certainty and security for egg producers by altering the Code in relation to contractual arrangements between egg packers and supermarkets. [77776]

Mr. Morley: We are in discussion with the Office of Fair Trading and the Department of Trade and Industry, which is responsible for policy on competition issues, over the Policy Commission's recommendations with regard to the code. Our response to these recommendations will be published in the Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy later this year.


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