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Animal Transportation

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce legislation to (a) stop animal abuse and (b) improve the conditions in which animals are transported. [199245]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Animal Welfare Bill

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the planned timetable is for the introduction of the Animal Welfare Bill. [197053]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in consultation on the draft Animal Welfare Bill. [198407]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Bees

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the
 
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answer of 9 November, Official Report, column 576W, on bees, how much funding the National Bee Unit will receive for the next financial year. [198519]

Alun Michael: Defra and Welsh Assembly Government funding to the National Bee Unit in 2005–06 is expected to be at the same level as the preceding year.

Bovine TB

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many positive reactor cattle subsequently proved to be free of tuberculosis; how their carcass was subsequently disposed of; and how many of them entered the human food chain. [188490]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer by (a) stalkers and (b) butchers in identifying cases of bovine TB in culled deer intended for human consumption. [197832]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered because of bovine tuberculosis in each year since 1997 in (a) West Derbyshire and (b) Derbyshire. [198417]


 
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Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many confirmed cases of bovine tuberculosis in cattle there have been in the last five years; and what the geographical spread of the disease has been. [198418]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer herds have tested positive for bovine TB in each of the last five years; and how many of those were confirmed by culture or post mortem examination. [197318]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer at abattoirs in identifying cases of bovine TB infection in venison intended for human consumption. [197321]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what prevalence of bovine TB has been detected in culled deer in studies undertaken during the last 20 years. [197330]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of bovine TB in (a) farmed and (b) park deer have been notified as a result of identification at abattoirs in each of the past five years. [197326]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the proportion of bovine TB infection in (a) farmed, (b) park and (c) wild deer entering the human food chain that remains undetected by the current statutory reporting procedures. [197327]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had regarding bovine TB in deer with her counterparts in the Devolved Administrations. [197328]


 
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Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Burnside Farm

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department was first informed of the existence of a video of Burnside Farm taken by Northumberland Trading Standards officers on 23 February 2001; and when her Department first obtained a copy of the video. [194308]

Mr. Bradshaw [pursuant to his reply, 9 November 2004, Official Report, c. 577W]: This stated that Defra recently obtained copies of the video when it was referred to in correspondence received by Defra officials on 30 September 2004. Further investigations have revealed that this date was incorrect and Defra first acquired a copy of the video at the beginning of February 2003. Copies of the video were distributed and broadcast publicly at the time of the Waugh trial in May 2002. The rest of the answer remains correct.

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date a government minister was first informed of the existence of the video of Burnside Farm taken by Northumberland Trading Standards on 24 February 2001. [198004]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 15 November 2004]: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

CAP

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the percentage of total income constituted by payments under the Common Agricultural Policy for farmers in the UK who receive (a) more than and (b) less than 50,000 euros a year under the Common Agricultural Policy; [195993]

(2) what estimate she has made of the percentage of farmers in the UK who both receive more than 50,000 euros a year under the Common Agricultural Policy and earn more than 50,000 euros a year from other sources of income. [195994]

Alun Michael: As the information requested will take some time to compile, I will write to my hon. Friend with the information shortly. I will place a copy of my letter and the information in the House Library.

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further plans she has to advise farmers and land managers on how to adjust to the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy. [197502]

Alun Michael [holding answer 15 November 2004]: Officials are in the process of putting in place a £2.7 million contract to support farmers, land managers and advisers in understanding and implementing land-oriented cross compliance measures through the targeted delivery of advice on Statutory Management Requirements and Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC). This contract will dovetail with separate advice contracts addressing pollution minimisation and
 
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conservation management. In addition, a new Challenge Fund project in 2004–05, piloting farmer self-help groups to enable them to take ownership of sustainable agriculture issues, will use cross compliance as one of its initial themes. We envisage that the cross compliance advice, which has a delivery window of 2004–07, will build towards the Farm Advisory System introduced from 2007.

A new brochure on the scheme, along with a handbook on cross compliance and set-aside rules, is to be distributed in early December.

We are also currently considering the extent to which the mainstream business advice that can be accessed through the Business Link network may need to be supplemented by specialist advice to assist farm businesses explore the implications of the introduction of the single payment. We will make an announcement as soon as possible.


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