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Sheep Payments

Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid out under (a) the Sheep Annual Premium and (b) the Sheep National Envelope in each county in England in 2003–04; and if she will make a statement. [194415]

Alun Michael: The amounts paid out under (a) the Sheep Annual Premium and (b) the Sheep National Envelope in each county in England submitted in 2003 are set out in the following table. Payments were made during the payment window of 16 October 2003 to 31 March 2004. Over 97 per cent. of applicants received their Premium and Sheep National Envelope payments within the first two weeks of the opening of the payment window. The figures for claims submitted in 2004 are not yet available, as the payment window has not yet closed. However over 98 per cent. of qualifying applicants received their premium during the first few days of the payment window opening.

County name2003 premium payments2003 SNE payments
Isle of Wight179547.012929.33
Hereford and Worcester5632496.7091894.75
Greater London6014.0698.12
Greater London3357.6354.78
Tyne and Wear64509.541052.48
Scilly Isles00
East Sussex1556025.7925386.70
West Sussex511447.488344.31
Greater Manchester395244.996448.47
West Midlands111949.691826.47
South Yorkshire445145.547262.60
North Yorkshire10689173.06174394.95
West Yorkshire1187397.9419372.50
North Yorkshire156715.452556.83

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Single Farm Payment

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how payments under the single farm payment between 1 December 2005 and 30 June 2006 will be made; and when they will be made. [193775R]

Alun Michael: The European Regulations require payments for 2005 to be made between 1 December 2005 and 30 June 2006 and our objective is to make payments as promptly as possible within that period. Payments will be made by bank transfer in line with the way IACS payments are made at present.
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Temporary Staff

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agency temporary staff have been working for the Department or its predecessors in each of the last five years, excluding those working for agencies for which no data is kept centrally. [196053]

Alun Michael: The information requested is not held centrally. I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave on 22 April 2004, Official Report, columns 583–85 and column 588; and on 23 June 2004, Official Report, column 1427. Defra came into being in June 2001.

Waste Disposal/Management

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of London's waste was disposed of in Essex in the last year for which figures are available; and at which sites. [194915]

Mr. Morley: This information is not held centrally by Defra.

Information on the destination of waste for disposal is being gathered for the first time by Defra through WasteDataFlow, an online comprehensive waste data reporting system for local authorities introduced in April 2004, and will not be available until mid 2005.

The Greater London Authority and the Environment Agency may be able to provide an answer based on data held by them.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste in Somerset by (a) tonnage and (b) percentage was disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) recycling and (iii) incineration since 1997–98. [195147]

Mr. Morley: Results from the Defra Municipal Waste Management Survey show the following municipal waste disposal routes for Somerset Waste Disposal Authority and North Somerset Unitary Authority. Both authorities reported no incineration over the period. Full results for Somerset are not available for 1997–98.
Somerset county

Recycled and composted
Total disposed

Results from the 2003–04 Defra Municipal Waste Management Survey will be available in early 2005.

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Department plans to develop the strategy for managing waste over the next 10 years. [195970]

Mr. Morley: The Government's strategy on waste is set out in "Waste Strategy 2000", published in May 2000. The Government outlined further plans in May 2003 in response to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit Report "Waste Not, Want Not". The Government is committed to reviewing its strategy on waste in 2005. A small team has been established in the Department to take forward the review.

Water Framework Directive

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in implementing the water framework directive. [196022]

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Mr. Morley: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 13 September 2004, Official Report, column 1582W.


Aviation White Paper

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a report on the action he has taken since the publication of the White Paper on Aviation to achieve the goals set out therein. [193081]

Charlotte Atkins: Following the publication of "The Future of Air Transport" White Paper in December 2003, we have been working to implement its policies and proposals and have already completed a number of specific actions. These include:

Airport Operators are also undertaking work to deliver the White Paper proposals. We expect them to publish outline master plan statements by the end of this year and full master plans by the end of next year. The first new runway in the South East should be at Stansted and BAA, the airport operator, is taking work on this forward.

We will report on progress made by the end of 2006.

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