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Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what participation her Department plans to have in the European Commission's Net.excel network of EU-based organisations responsible for radioactive waste management. 
Mr. Meacher: Net.excel is an existing thematic network of excellence in nuclear waste management and disposal set up under the Euratom fifth framework programme for nuclear research and training. The consortium consists of eight radioactive waste management organisations from across EuropeBelgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Nirex from the UK. This Department has no direct participation, but we will be kept informed of the work leading to the report to the Commission towards the end of 2003.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the ERM consultations on Government timber procurement has been completed; and if she will place a copy in the Library. 
Mr. Meacher: The consultants have completed the timber scoping study that was commissioned by my officials in October 2001. Summaries of the open discussions held with stakeholders on 25 March and 2 September 2002 can be found at the Tropical Forest Forum website at: http://www.forestforum.org.uk/tradeb.htm. It also holds a copy of the consultant's report of the study giving their recommendations for implementing more fully our commitment on timber procurement. A copy of the various documents will be placed in the House of Commons Library.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been taken by her Department since April 2002 to ensure full implementation of Government policy on timber; and if she will make a statement. 
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wider public sector and has begun to take action following completion of the scoping study undertaken by consultants. Some of the key measures taken are:
evidence given to the Environmental Audit Committee;
further consultation with stakeholders undertaken;
reminders given to central departments;
communication with the European Commission via the Office of Government Commerce to further clarify European Directives;
commencement of procurement process for creation of a central point of expertise on timber procurement;
collaboration with NGOs in sourcing timber for office building;
contribution to briefing for international work including preparation for
the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how (1) much his Department has allocated for waste recycling projects undertaken by (a) local authorities, (b) non-profit making organisations and (c) industry in financial years (i) 200203 and (ii) 200304; 
200304: #9,435 million
We have provided #50 million additional funding for 200203 and #90 million for 200304 through a #140 million Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund to encourage local authorities to expand recycling operations in their area.
A high proportion of our PFI funding supports recycling as set out in the criteria of September 2000. #220 million was allocated to PFI in Spending Review 2000 for the three years up to 200304. #70 million was allocated in the financial year 200203 and #100 million in 200304. These represent capital sums and not the revenue payments associated with them.
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Network and #30,750 to the Recycling Consortium in 200203. The funding allocation through the EAF for 200304 has not yet been announced.
Environmental Campaigns (ENCAMS), a non-profit making organisation funded by DEFRA, spent #210,000 in 200203 on waste recycling projects: (#150,000 on textile recycling and #60,000 through its Pathfinder programme). ENCAMS do not have any waste recycling projects scheduled for 200304.
DEFRA contribute #10,225 million for each of the years 200203 and 200304 to the Waste and Resources Action Programme to work with the commercial and industrial sectors to create stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products and removing the barriers to waste minimisation, re-use and recycling.
Mr. Jamieson: Discussions have taken place on the Commission's proposed Second Railway Package of legislative measures published in January 2002. This package aims to complete the liberalisation of the rail freight market, and to progress technical harmonisation of the EU rail networkincluding the processes to be followed to ensure the safety competence of train operators' staff.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals there are to reform the EU Working Time Directive for drivers on long distance haulage to cut out dead time and to recast drivers' duties; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: There are two directives that will affect the working time of long distance haulage drivers. The most important is called the Xorganisation of the working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities" (2002/15/EC). This is due to be implemented into UK law by 23 March 2005. It will introduce an average 48 hour working week, a limit of 60 hours for a single week and a 10 hour daily limit for night workers. Both sides of industry are being consulted on how this directive should be implemented into UK law and we plan to launch a wider consultation exercise later this year.
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The Department of Trade and Industry plan to implement an amending directive (2000/34/EC) to the original working time directive (93/104/EC) later this year. This will extend working time legislation into previously excluded sectors, including transport. Under this directive, all drivers will be entitled to four weeks paid annual leave and night workers will get regular health assessments.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 7 January, ref 88280, (1) what payments have been made to Avia Solutions in connection with work undertaken in relation to his consultation on the future development of air transport in the United Kingdom; and what future payments to Avia Solutions his Department has contracted for; 
Mr. Jamieson: Avia Solutions are contracted to manage the analysis of the consultation responses received in respect of all areas of the United Kingdom, including that from Redhill Aerodrome Limited, as part of the ongoing air transport consultation. The analysis will be carried out by a team comprising civil servants and retained consultants with expertise in a range of relevant areas. The contract value is around #550,000.
|Driving Standards Agency||Design, build, installation and operation of a computer system for the booking of the Practical Driving Test and associated services, and the supply and maintenance of the Agency's IT/IS infrastructure.|
|Highways Agency||Consultancy Services Framework for the provision of Human Resources advice and professional services.|
|Consultancy Framework for the provision of construction and design services.|
|Provision of safety engineering professional services.|
|Traffic monitoring services.|
|Framework Agreement for audit and measurement services.|
|Design and supervision of A66 Stainburn to Great Clifton Bypass trunk road contract.|
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