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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of turkeys sold for the fresh meat Christmas market which were produced and slaughtered in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for which figures are available; 
(2) how many United Kingdom produced turkeys have been slaughtered for (a) domestic consumption, (b) catering and (c) processing industries in each of the last five years for which figures are available; 
(3) how much and what proportion of supplies of (a) fresh and frozen retail, (b) catering and (c) other
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(i) turkey, (ii) chicken and (iii) other poultry in the UK was imported in each of the last five years for which records are available; 
(4) how much turkey, produced in the United Kingdom broken down by (a) weight and (b) number of head, was exported to (i) European Union member states and (ii) third countries in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
Alun Michael: Assuming the majority of turkey meat consumed during the Christmas period will have been slaughtered or imported during the final quarter of that year, the following table provides an estimate of the proportion of the Christmas market met from UK production. Figures are provided thousand tonnes carcase weight equivalent to provide comparability.
|Proportion of UK supply which was UK produced(4)(percentage)||75||80||78||75||68|
It is not possible to identify separately the use of turkey, chicken and other poultry for domestic household consumption, catering or processing industries. The following tables provides statistics on the total production and supply of turkey meat, chicken and other poultry in thousand tonnes carcase weight equivalent to provide comparability. Estimates are then derived on the proportion of total supplies sourced from imports.
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|Imports as percentage of supply||21||18||17||23||27|
|Imports as percentage of supply||19||20||19||20||21|
|Imports as percentage of supply||55||61||62||72||57|
|Imports as percentage of supply||20||21||20||21||23|
|Type||Units (per thousand)||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Live Chicks||EU 15||head||2,214||2,128||1,922||1,593||1,635|
|Finished birds||EC 15||tonnes||0.4||0.3||1.4||4.3||2.5|
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which urban foxes within the Greater London area are caught and then released into a rural environment; and if she will make a statement. 
It is not unlawful to trap foxes in live capture cage traps and to release them at the same or a different location as long as this is done humanely and as long as the fox is not abandoned in circumstances likely to cause unnecessary suffering.
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Mr. Steen: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee what health and safety guidance led to the decision to remove kettles from communal facilities for hon. Members and office staff in outbuildings on the Parliamentary estate. 
The Serjeant at Arms is required to ensure that all electrical equipment in House of Commons buildings on the Parliamentary Estate meets health and safety requirements. When this is found not to be the case, the equipment is disposed of.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Leader of the House whether his Office's special advisers have given instructions to permanent civil servants without the explicit authorisation of Ministers since May 1997. 
Dr. Julian Lewis:
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the Freedom of Information Act
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2000 the same (i) complete categories of files, (ii) numbers of files and (iii) representative examples of files from categories of files destroyed, as had been preserved prior to the passage of that Act. 
Mr. Touhig: In accordance with the Public Records Act 1958 S.3, the selection of records of enduring historical value for permanent preservation at The National Archives (TNA) will continue to take place in the Wales Office under the guidance and supervision of TNA staff. The Wales Office will also comply with the Code of Practice on Records Management, issued by the Lord Chancellor under S.46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which underlines the importance of having clear selection policies and disposal schedules in place.
Mr. Touhig: The Wales Office was established July 1999. Departmental policy is to destroy files after they have been closed for five years. Any files which have been closed for five years or more will be reviewed in January 2005 in accordance with the Wales Office selection policies and disposal schedules.
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