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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress of proposals to fund a joint unit at Gatwick Airport between immigration officials and members of West Sussex Social Services Child Protection Division. 
We have not as yet received formal proposals from the local authority on the structure and function of a Children Social Work team at Gatwick. The amendment to section 110 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 allows us to provide funding for special projects of this nature, and we will give full and careful consideration to any proposals from West Sussex once we receive them.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the cost of the Electoral Commission report on Electoral Pilots at the June 2004 elections was. 
Mr. Viggers: I am advised by the Chairman of the Commission that the total cost to it of reporting on the most suitable European Parliamentary regions for electoral pilots at the June 2004 combined European Parliamentary and local elections, as directed by the Government under section 6(2) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, is estimated to have been approximately £32,000.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place the Department's guidelines on the implementation of the EU Directive on Animal By-Products in the Library. 
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Mr. Bradshaw: There is no central register of people convicted of cruelty or who have been disqualified from keeping animals. However, the Department is considering, as part of the proposed Animal Welfare Bill, the introduction of an Animal Welfare Enforcement Database, which would assist in the enforcement of animal welfare legislation in England and Wales. It is proposed that the database would include details of those people who have been convicted and disqualified from keeping animals.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the natural predators of the badger are, other than man; and what effect they exert on the United Kingdom badger population. 
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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers have been culled in each of the (a) proactive and (b) inactive cull areas in each of the selected trial zones in each year since the trials commenced. 
|Triplet Proactive (P)||May 1998 toJanuary 1999||May 1999 toJanuary 2000||May 2000 toJanuary 2001||May 2002 toJanuary 2003||May 2003 toJanuary 2004||Total|
|or Reactive (R)||P||R||P||R||P||R||P||R||P||R||P||R|
|Total (P and R)||238||459||2,216||2,698||2,768||8,379|
(1) Combined total for initial and follow-up cull completed in the same culling year
No data for May 2001-January 2002 when trial suspended due to FMD
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets have been set for the bovine TB testing of herds in the last five years for which figures are available; how many have been completed; and how long it will take to clear the backlog of required tests. 
|Number of herds due to be tested||12,207||19,877||15,524|
|Completed tests within one month of the due date (percentage)||14.5||47.4||78.7|
|Completed tests within three months of the due date (percentage)||22.7||65.0||92.7|
(2) to end September
The number of tests overdue at the end of December 2003 was 3,623 of which only 163 were more than 12 months overdue (provisional data). This is similar to the number of overdue TB tests recorded before the FMD epidemic.
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The number of overdue TB tests has remained more or less stable since April 2003, with no significant trend up or down. It is therefore considered that the clearance of the backlog of TB tests, which accumulated during the FMD epidemic, has been completed.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget was set by her Department for each year for all aspects of bovine TB research, testing, culling, compensation,
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fieldwork and other costs for the last five years for which figures are available; and what the actual spending was in each year. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Historical information on the budgets originally set for various elements of the bovine TB programme is not readily available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, a breakdown of the actual spend for the last five financial years is shown in the following table:
|Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) and associated research||2,988||4,392||6,630||6,001||6,479|
|Other research (not including RBCT)||2,541||4,114||5,266||6,112||6,824|
|Total (rounded figures)||24,883||31,141||36,199||30,485||73,902|
(3) Includes compensation paid for cattle and deer slaughtered as a result of TB control measures.
(4) Includes State Veterinary Service staff costs and diagnosis carried out by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
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