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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the proposed sales of ivory stockpiles do not conceal illegal trade. 
Mr. Morley: The decision to allow this one-off sale of ivory stockpiles was taken at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Chile in November 2002. One of several very strict pre-conditions which must be met before any sales can take place is that the CITES Secretariat must be satisfied that the importing countries are able to effectively regulate their domestic ivory trade to prevent any illegal ivory from entering into these markets. We will therefore be working in co-operation with the EU member states and other CITES parties to make sure that this, and all the other strict conditions, are met in full before any sales are allowed to go ahead.
Mr. Morley [holding answer 25 February 2004]: We have received a range of comments on the Regulatory Impact Assessment that was published in June 2003 with other consultation documents regarding the implementation of the Directive. We are continuing to assess the potential economic impact on UK industry of the introduction of the Directive, using both internal
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analyses and independent research. We are also in detailed dialogue with industry to help us to understand their views as expressed in response to consultation.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) beef and (b) lamb was imported into the United Kingdom from countries outside the EU in each of the last three years. 
Alun Michael: The following table shows the level of (a) beef and (b) lamb/sheep meat and meat products imported into the United Kingdom from countries outside the EU in each of the last three years for which 12 months data is available.
|type/country||t'000(1)||£ million||t'000(1)||£ million||t'000(1)||£ million|
(1) Product weight.
HM Customs and Excise.
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migrant workers in the cockle industry, with particular reference to improving co-ordination with the Home Office. 
Alun Michael: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is one of the departments which participates in Operation Gang master. This multi agency initiative which also includes the Home Office Immigration Service, is designed to collate intelligence and to sponsor joint operations against those gang masters who break the law while operating in the informal economy. This includes the provision of labour to the cockle industry.
Government Departments also undertake individual compliance activity against illegal working. In this context the Immigration Service has conducted three operations with other agencies since June 2003 targeted at illegal working in the cockle industry in the Morecambe Bay area.
The Government are currently considering the details of the Gang master (Licensing) Bill presented by the hon. Member for West Renfrewshire (Jim Sheridan) as a private members bill. This provides for a licensing scheme which would, if introduced, regulate the activities of gang labour providers in the agriculture and related sectors.
Albert Owen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of milk imports to the UK came from Poland in the latest period for which figures are available; and what percentage of UK consumption this represents. 
Alun Michael: Trade information up to November 2003 has been received by Defra from Customs and Excise. From January 2001 to 30 November 2003, there are no recorded imports of liquid milk from Poland.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was imported in the last three years, broken down by country of origin; and what percentage of the total milk processed in the UK this was in each case. 
|Country||t'000(2)||Percentage of totalnew UK supply||t'000(2)||Percentage of totalnew UK supply||t'000(2)||Percentage of totalnew UK supply|
(2) Product weight.
HM Customs and Excise/Defra.
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Mr. Bradshaw: Within the last year I have visited three grouse moors; Ilkley Moor, in August, Brendon Hills in September and the Chilterns in December. I have also accepted an invitation to visit another moorland estate later this year.
Mr. Bradshaw: As of March 2003, there were 44 organic farms in Lancashire, of which two were located in Chorley. It is not possible to comment on the number of organic farms in each of these areas prior to this date since the Department has only just started to collate this information.
The OFS is an entirely voluntary agri-environment scheme which provides financial help during the conversion period to help farmers make the move from conventional to organic farming methods. From 30 May 2003, the OFS was re-launched with an optional option i.e. a maintenance option, which offers payments to all existing organic farmers to encourage the continued management of the land in an environmentally beneficial way.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the members of the (a) Joint Nature Conservation Committee and (b) Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee were on 1 January; what their term of office is in each case; and whether they are remunerated. 
|Name||Term of Office||Remuneration (£)|
|Professor David Ingram||1 April 2002 to31 March 2005||34,765|
|Professor Peter Doyle||1 April 2003 to31 March 2006||8,536|
|Professor Richard Pentreath||1 April 2003 to31 March 2006||8,536|
(b) Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee
The appointments of the members of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee expired on 31 December 2003 and an announcement will be made shortly regarding the future of the committee.
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