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discussions she has had on extending insurance schemes to livestock farmers with respect to infectious diseases. 
Mr. Morley: The Defra animal disease insurance working group, which includes representatives of the insurance and farming industries, completed a series of meetings in May. Defra officials are now working on detailed proposals for a consultation exercise next year.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by her Department and agencies on local heritage initiatives in (a) 200001, (b) 200102; and (c) 200203 to date; and if she will break down the spending by (i) category and (ii) region in each year. 
Alun Michael: Available information on this will be included in the letter which I am about to write to the hon. Member following his parliamentary question 79728 tabled on 1 November. I will place a copy of my letter in the House of Commons Library.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vehicles (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have access to, broken down by vehicle type; what the annual operating costs were in each of the last three financial years; how much it costs to convert a car so that it is suitable for a Government Minister; and if she will make a statement. 
Defra has not yet had a full financial year. However from June 2001 (when the Department was created) to the end of March 2002, spend on the five ministerial cars was in the region of #309,000. So far this financial year the Department has spent #207,000 for the five ministerial cars.
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So far this year Defra has only purchased one car at a cost of approximately #10,700. There is not a yearly set budget for the purchase of Defra cars or for car travel more generally. We do not hold centralised records of car travel in the Department.
Subject to the agreement of the European Commission, as set out in the Action Plan to Develop Organic Food and Farming in England, from 2003 we intend to extend aid to farmers who have completed conversion. The budgets for the OFS from this year to the end of the life of the ERDP is as follows.
We also provide other support, for example through the Department's research and development programme, which includes a large component dealing with research on organic farming, and through the provision of free advice to prospective organic farmers by the Organic Conversion Information Service (OCIS). Spending on organic R&D is expected to be just over #2 million and expenditure on OCIS around #350,000 in the current financial year.
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Mr. Morley: Since the Pet Travel Scheme began on 28 February 2000 we have continually assessed its operation. When necessary, we have provided additional clarification and guidance to overcome difficulties or confusion, in particular where this resulted in animals failing to comply with the scheme's requirements. I am pleased to say that as a result of this and our continuing evaluation of our PETS publicity, the number of animals that do not pass PETS checks has fallen significantly since the scheme began.
The Advisory Group on Quarantine, whose report was the basis for the introduction of the scheme, considered carefully the necessary means of identifying pets. It decided that electronic identification was the best way forward. This system has worked well and under the proposal for a harmonised system of pet movement in the community, may, in the future, be adopted as the sole means of identification.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many exceptions to the six month quarantine rule have been made for animals coming into the UK in each of the last 10 years; 
Mr. Morley: Exemptions from quarantine were not granted before 1999. With the impending introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme the Government was prepared to grant exemption from quarantine in exceptional situations. To qualify for consideration for exemption we require that the applicant, or his or her child, must have a life-threatening illness, which makes it a strong possibility that they will not survive for more than six months. Evidence of the life-threatening illness is subject to independent medical scrutiny. Exceptionally, we have also granted exemption on national security grounds.
The following table shows the number of cases, in England, which have been exempted from the six months quarantine requirement in the last four years. The figures from 2000 exclude those animals which comply with the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme.
|Year||Number of cases in which exemption from quarantine was granted|
(19)To 20 November
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spent by her Department and agencies on rural housing enablers in (a) 200001, (b) 200102, (c) 200203 to date; and if she will break down the spending by (i) category and (ii) region in each year. 
Alun Michael: Total spend on the Rural Housing Enabler Programme by the Countryside Agency on behalf of DEFRA in 200001 to 200203 by region is as shown in the table. A breakdown of the type of activity undertaken is not available centrally.
|East of England||47,357||65,154||92,127|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||47,358||46,481||68,640|
(20)Figures are based on number of projects in each region and mean cost. Total actual spend for 200001 was #221,000
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