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Departmental Events (Funding)

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) publications, (c) initiatives, (d) projects and (e) receptions organised by her Department which have received funding from outside commercial bodies since May 1997, broken down by (i) funding body and (ii) amount paid. [196610]

Alun Michael: The Communications Directorate of the Department undertakes publications, events, and shows for communication on a wide range of matters, much of it necessary or beneficial to the public and the wide range of industries in which Defra has an interest, together with local government, voluntary organisations and other bodies. We currently do not have a system for recording any funding or sponsorship from commercial bodies centrally but we are considering how this can be done.

Dog Fouling

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were fined for offences involving dog fouling in the last year. [198025]


 
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Alun Michael: Last year local authorities issued 2,742 fixed penalties for dog fouling offences.

Eastern Irish Sea Fishery

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the European Commission's recovery plan to save cod from extinction in the North sea and other fishing grounds around the UK. [191579]

Mr. Bradshaw: The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas has published its advice to the European Commission on the current state of the cod stocks around the UK, taking into account of the EU measures already taken to restore the stocks.

The Commission is now considering what regulations to propose for 2005 under the EU cod recovery plan, covering limits on both permitted landings of cod, and the permitted time at sea by vessels which catch cod.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cod by-catch from beam trawlers fishing for sole in the Eastern Irish Sea was in the last 10 years for which figures are available. [192948]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information is only available on the proportion that cod made up of total landings by UK fishing vessels of fish caught in the Irish sea, as opposed to total catches of fish, and this is given as follows. The figures relate to activity by UK fishing vessels over 10 m in length. They represent the average levels over the year, and there is considerable variability seen between individual vessels and individual months of the year.

The information does not include any fish that may have been caught and then discarded before landing. Research was carried out in 2000 looking at the level of catches using beam trawl gear, which showed that cod made up on average 6 to 13 per cent. of catches using beam trawl gear in the Irish sea.
Average percentage of cod in landings by UK over 10 m long vessels caught using beam trawl when fishing in the Irish sea on trips landing sole
19937
19944
19954
19963
19976
19987
19996
20001
20014
20024
20033

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) quota allocations and (b) landings for cod for the (i) Belgian, (ii) French and (iii) Irish fleets operating in the Eastern Irish Sea were for the last 10 years for which figures are available. [192950]

Mr. Bradshaw: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.
 
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated level of discards were from the beam trawler fleet operating in the Eastern Irish Sea for the last 10 years for which figures are available; [192951]

(2) what assessment she has made of the effects of the use of 80mm mesh cod ends on the level of by-catch of other species in a mixed fishery in the Eastern Irish Sea, with particular reference to cod and plaice. [192959]

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

Emissions Trading

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how the European Emissions Trading Scheme will apply to (a) aviation and (b) shipping. [198470]

Mr. Morley: Phase 1 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, due to commence in January 2005, will not cover emissions from aviation or shipping. The Government is currently considering options for increasing the scope of the scheme for Phase 2 including, for example, emissions from other transport sectors. As outlined in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, the Government is actively pursuing the inclusion of intra-EU aviation in the EU ETS, and this will be a priority for the UK presidency of
 
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the EU in 2005. If the UK is successful, it is hoped that intra-EU aviation could be included within the second phase of the EU ETS, beginning in 2008.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's emissions target level is, in terms of the National Allocation Plan for EU emissions trading; and what plans she has to change the target. [198479]

Mr. Morley: The Government announced on 27 October that, subject to European Commission approval, the total quantity of allowances to be issued to UK installations in Phase 1 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which will run from 2005–07, will be set at 756.1 million tonnes CO 2 or 'allowances'. Subject to Commission approval, there are no further plans to change the figures for Phase 1, as these figures have now been finalised. The total quantity for the second phase (2008–12) will be considered as part of the Climate Change Programme Review.

Environmental Offences

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions resulted in (a) convictions and (b) custodial sentences in each year since 1999 for offences related to (i) water resources (ii) flood defences, (iii) fisheries, (iv) navigation, (v) process industry regulation, (vi) radioactive substances, (vii) waste and (viii) water quality as recorded in the National Enforcement Database; and what the average fines were where custodial sentences were awarded (A) in total and (B) broken down by region. [192317]

Alun Michael: The information available is given in the following table.
Environment AgencySuccessful Prosecutions, Calendar Years 1999–2004Date of report: 17 November 2004

1999
(April to December)
20002001200220032004
(January to October)
Fisheries02722483428
Flood defence212159
Navigation363153220
PIR6127351
RAS3311132
Water quality177219234220167154
Water Resources6211011615
Waste246408471498406374

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) enforcement notices there have been in each year since 1995 brought by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region. [192318]

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

Energy Efficiency

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the study funded by her Department into health improvements for families and individuals whose homes have benefited from energy efficiency improvements under the Warm Front. [196403]

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

Mr. Keith Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Manchester, Withington have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front Schemes. [197879]

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