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Carbon Trust

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on collaboration between the Carbon Trust and the Clean Energy Group. [196043]

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

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) resource budget, (b) staff numbers and (c) running costs were of the Carbon Trust in 2003–04. [196044]

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

Climate Change

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the level of detail which she expects from those wishing to take up climate change discounts. [191094]

Mr. Morley: Companies forming climate change agreements (CCAs) with the Secretary of State are entitled to receive up to an 80 per cent. rebate on the amount of climate change levy they are required to pay on their energy supplies.

In order to obtain a CCA, businesses are required to supply information relating to both their production processes, and energy consumption. This information is necessary to determine the scope of the facility and to enable officials to set company specific targets for energy efficiency improvements.

Small businesses may find that the level of information required in order to join and operate an agreement is such that the associated costs outweigh the financial benefits of participation. However, it is vital that compliance is verifiable, and that the environmental benefits are measurable.
 
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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she plans to undertake in response to the report from the Energy Saving Trust and the UK Climate Impact Programme, Forecasting the Future. [198944]

Mr. Morley: The joint launch of the report Forecasting the Future and Energy Efficiency Week 2004 highlighted the link between climate change and sustainable energy to consumers and those who construct and manage housing in the UK. Our Energy White Paper last year identified energy efficiency as the safest and most cost-effective way to meet our energy policy goals. A clear framework for improving energy efficiency at an unprecedented level was set out in the Energy Efficiency Action Plan, published in April.

My Department funds the UK Climate Impacts Programme to help public and private sector organisations understand their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change so that they can develop their own adaptation responses. The report, Forecasting the Future, alongside other publications from this Programme will add to the evidence base available both to stakeholders and to inform policy-making on adaptation.

Cockling

Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to introduce a licensing system for cockling (a) in Morecambe Bay and (b) elsewhere; [199151]

(2) what assistance is being offered by her Department to the Lancashire and Cumbria police in their efforts to police organised cockling in Morecambe Bay; [199154]

(3) what measures her Department has put in place to prevent further deaths of cocklers in Morecambe Bay. [199169]

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

Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the tonnage of cockles exported from England in the past 12 months; and what estimate she has made of the number of cocklers operating in Morecambe Bay. [199152]

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

Combined Heat and Power

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the member states' national allocation plans and the treatment of combined heat and power. [193823]

Mr. Morley: All member states with the exception of Greece have now submitted their National Allocation Plans (NAPs) to the European Commission. Eight of the NAPs, including the UK NAP, were approved in July 2004. A further eight were approved in October
 
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2004. Five of these decisions (including the decision with respect to the UK) were conditional on member states providing additional information. The commission is expected to issue decisions on the remaining eight submitted NAPs by the end of the year or early in the new year.

The allocation to existing combined heat and power (CHP) installations will be done on the same basis as for other installations. All new and extended CHP installations which come online from 1 January 2004 onwards will be eligible to apply for allowances from the new entry reserve (NER). In addition, the Government have now decided to seek the commission's agreement to extending eligibility to apply to the NER to include significant increases in 'Good Quality' capacity of CHP schemes.

Commencement of Legislation

Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by year of enactment. [195625]

Alun Michael: Defra came into being on the 8 June 2001. A comprehensive and exhaustive list of Acts of Parliament enacted since November 1974 but not yet brought wholly into in force could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

In relation to any particular Act of Parliament such information is readily available in standard legal texts such as "Is it in force?" (March 2004) which form part of the "Halsbury's Statutes" service. This publication is available in the House of Commons Library.

However I am able to provide the following information which happens to be readily available:

Common Agricultural Policy

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new proposals she has to aid the economies of developing nations in Africa and Asia through reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy; and if she will make a statement. [194269]

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

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the Common Agricultural Policy was in the United Kingdom to (a) consumers and (b) taxpayers, broken down by agricultural commodity supported by the Common Agricultural Policy in the most recent year for which figures are available. [196375]


 
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Alun Michael: The UK makes its contributions to the EC Budget as a whole and not to individual categories within it. There is no specific UK contribution to CAP expenditure. The latest EC Budget for 2004 estimates expenditure on CAP to be some €45.7 billion (£32.2 billion). After taking account of the UK abatement, the UK share of financing the 2004 EC Budget is around 11.9 per cent.

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition her Department uses of (a) fair standard of living and (b) agricultural community in respect of the aims of the common agricultural policy. [197582]

Alun Michael: I will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.


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