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Mr. Alexander: The Commissioner for Public Appointments, Dame Rennie Fritchie, regulates, monitors, advises and reports on ministerial appointments to public bodies within her remit. Her work and advice are highly regarded and respected by the Government.
The Office of Government Commerce (managers of the .gov.uk domain name) and the Office of the e-Envoy have agreed to establish a working party and early in the new year will conduct a formal review of the naming guidelines and how they are applied.
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Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of the statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review 2002, (b) progress on such targets since then and (c) the expected date when targets not yet achieved will be met. 
Mr. Alexander: The Department published progress against all its outstanding PSA targets in its departmental report 2002 (CM5429) published in June 2002. The Department's autumn performance report 2002 (CM5732) is due to be published and presented to the House shortly.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has for publicising the Warm Front Programme to those in receipt of a designated benefit. 
Mr. Morley: Warm Front is the Government's main programme to provide assistance to households in the private sector in England through the provision of a range of measures including heating and insulation to those in receipt of certain benefits.
Warm Front is administered by two Scheme ManagersTXU Warm Front Ltd. and the Eaga Partnership. The Scheme Managers have responsibility for marketing and publicising the scheme and in doing so work in partnership with many organisations. These include local authorities, targeting recipients of council tax and housing benefit, local health and social services providers and other groups in the charity and voluntary sectors.
Mr. Morley: Warm front is the Government's main programme to provide assistance to households in the private sector in England through the provision of a range of measures including heating and insulation to those in receipt of certain benefits. Since its launch in June 2000, warm front has provided assistance to over 400,000 households.
We are currently carrying out a review looking at the effectiveness and impact of warm front including consideration of the operation of the scheme including the eligibility criteria and range of measures offered.
Margaret Beckett [holding answer 16 December 2002]: We are preparing the draft regulations necessary to apply the provisions of the Waste Framework Directive to agricultural waste. A Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) is also being prepared. On completion, the draft regulations and RIA will be issued
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for consultation with the farming industry and other interested groups. A firm date for publication of the consultation paper has not yet been set but our aim is to publish it early in the new year. I will ensure that a copy of the consultation paper is sent to the hon. Member when it is issued.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Mansfield (Mr. Meale), on 26 November 2002, Official Report, c.23031W, on the Animal Welfare Bill, if she will list those organisations that she or her officials have met to discuss the issue of pheasants in the proposed Animal Welfare Bill; and if she will make a statement on the balance of views of those organisations. 
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people received more than #1 million in payments from the Common Agricultural Policy in the last year for which information is available. 
Mr. Morley: In the 12 months ending June 2002, four claimants received more than #1 million each in direct grants and subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy in England. The payment of direct grants and subsidies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was the responsibility of the devolved authorities in that period. In addition, 130 claimants throughout the UK each received payments in excess of #1 million as part of the market support measures of the CAP, such as export refunds, for which traders as well as farmers are eligible. The figures exclude any compensation received for animals slaughtered during the FMD crisis for reasons of disease control or animal health. We are unable to identify the total payments received by any individual or business making applications using more than one name.
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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 20 November, Official Report, column 157W, on diversification, when the research study will be published. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 16 December 2002]: The Government does recognise that farmers' markets can bring benefits for both producers and consumers. In support of this, there is provision under the England Rural Development Programme and the Agricultural Development Scheme for grants for activities such as the establishment of farmers' markets.
provided funding towards the National Association of Farmers' Markets' training and marketing programme and their accreditation scheme;
sponsored the Local Government Association Guide on Farmers' Markets;
provided funding to help with the re-launch of farmers' markets following the foot and mouth crisis.
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