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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have taken place in the (a) gross and (b) net incomes of the (i) top and (ii) bottom deciles of farmers in each year since 1990. 
|Cash income||Net Farm Income|
|First decile (10th percentile)||Ninth decile (90th percentile)||First decile (10th percentile)||Ninth decile (90th percentile)|
Farm Business Survey
I regret that the information given in a previous answer to my hon. Friend, Official Report, 22 January, column 779W, was incorrect. The figures had been mistakenly calculated for England and Wales, not for England. The information in this table corrects those figures.
Data for the six years 19901995 could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.
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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-devolved posts were advertised in the Press in each year from June 1999; and what percentage of them were advertised in the Scottish Press. 
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with energy conservation authorities regarding her policy on home energy conservation. 
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the Answer of 15 October, Official Report, columns 5812W, on energy efficiency, to the hon. Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Mr. Sayeed), if the legal advice obtained by the promoters of the Home Energy Conservation Bill regarding the legal force of a principal aim compared with a statutory duty was made available to her; what steps she took to determine the validity of the promoters' advice; and what her conclusions were about the validity of the advice; 
(3) pursuant to her answer of 15 October, Official Report, columns 5812W, to the hon. Member for Mid Bedfordshire, whether the advice that she received on the implications of having a 30 per cent. improvement in domestic energy efficiency as a principal aim of the Home Energy Conservation Bill suggested that progress towards such a principal aim could legally be made by (a) new regulation and (b) energy efficiency programmes funded by bodies other than the Government. 
Mr. Meacher: The Government have seen the legal advice obtained by the promoters of this Bill. We sought our own advice on it, which did not reach the same conclusions. The Government does not comment on the details of its internal advice, but I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Mid
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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the amount of contaminated land that has been restored for beneficial use on an annual basis was, broken down by local authority area, in England and Wales since January 1997. 
This information is not held centrally in the form requested, because ''beneficial use'' is not a criterion in the main regime which helps to secure the remediation of land affected by contamination. From April 2000, Part IIA (''contaminated land'') of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 placed local authorities in England under a duty to inspect their areas to identify contaminated land, as defined in the Act, and secure its remediation on the ''suitable for use'' principle. Some 40 sites have so far been formally identified under this regime, and remediation is underway in some of these cases. The main aim of this regime is environmental protection, rather than future land use, and contaminated sites may well be in beneficial use already.
The majority of remediation, however, takes place as part and parcel of the development of land, regulated through the planning system and building regulations; through urban regeneration programmes including the activities of regional development agencies and English Partnerships; through voluntary action by landowners including many major companies; through enforcement of environmental protection regimes; and through the programme of supplementary credit approvals for local authorities operated by my department. An overview is provided by a recent Environment Agency report, ''Dealing with contaminated land in England'', copies of which have been placed in the Library.
Bob Laxton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the population was of each local authority in England based on the 2001 census; what the change was in the population of each authority since the mid year 2000 estimate; and what the change was as a percentage in each case. 
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Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if she will list the members of Advantage West Midlands; from what areas they are drawn; what their function is; how they were chosen; how they can be dismissed; what they will cost in 200203; and from what vote they are paid. 
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