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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in the financial year 200304; and what the value was. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from what budget she plans to make good the shortfall between the compensation for the foot and mouth outbreak requested from the EU and the amount received in order to make the necessary compensation payments to farmers. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research
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her officials have undertaken into the preparation and implementation of the 2004 German flood protection legislation. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 25 January 2005]: My officials have not undertaken any direct research into the 2004 German Flood Control Act. However the Five-Point Programme, the framework upon which the legislation is based, adopts a similar approach to that taken in England on flood risk management. In particular:
This includes measures such as 'letting rivers spread out more' and controlling settlement development. In England we have recently consulted on a new strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management'Making Space for Water', and have Planning Policy Guidance (PPG 25) to inform development decisions in flood risk areas.
The UK welcomes closer co-operation with Europe on such things as sharing information and best practice and undertaking joint research. Along with all member states, the UK adopted the European Flood Action Plan in 2004.
The Five Point Programme includes a commitment to increase funding on flood defences, the appraisal of emergency planning arrangements and improved flood warning systems. Following the 2000 floods in England the Government increased funding significantly, from £310 million in 199697 up to a provision of £570 million in 200506; revised the Lead Department Plan on flooding and tested its effectiveness in June 2004 as part of Exercise Triton; and has recently approved the Environment Agency's new £226 million Flood Warning Strategy.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to seek to ban the use of antibiotics where the object is to promote farm animal growth. 
Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many oil-related pollution incidents have occurred in each year since 1995 that were caused by leakage or spillage (a) from domestic oil tanks and (b) on industrial, commercial, agricultural or institutional premises. 
Mr. Morley: A table showing oil pollution incidents by premises type for the years 200103 is shown. Data for 2004 is not yet available and it is not possible to provide this breakdown for the period 19952000. However, overall figures for all oil pollution incidents show a significant decline since 2000 as follows:
|Incidents that had an impact on water (either Cat 1, 2 or 3)|
|Domestic and residential||184||311||231|
|Power generation and supply18||35||21|
|Premises type not identified||48||53||30|
|Category 1 incidents to water|
|Domestic and residential||0||2||3|
|Power generation and supply0||0||1|
|Category 2 incidents to water|
|Domestic and residential||15||9||11|
|Power generation and supply0||2||1|
|Number of incidents where premises not known||1,489||1,879|
Cat 2 =40)
Cat 2 =41)
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Minister of State for the Environment and Agri-Environment has visited the Bradford-based manufacturing facility of PM Group plc. 
Mr. Morley: In the answer given to the hon. Member on 16 September 2004, Official Report, column 1678W, I noted that I had accepted an invitation to visit the PM Group plc's manufacturing facility. Owing to other commitments, that visit has not taken place. Instead, I will be meeting shortly in London, with representatives of the group for a demonstration of their waste weighing systems.
Mr. Dhanda: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) local authorities and (b) other stakeholders on how to encourage businesses to recycle their waste. 
For example I recently met the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Packaging (a group representing the packaging industry) and representatives from material organisations, trade associations, packaging compliance schemes and individual businesses.
Currently, the Government are consulting on new draft guidance for local authorities on the preparation of municipal waste management strategies. This guidance makes clear that local authorities, in their role as community leaders, may be able to encourage more sustainable management of waste in other sectors and should consider, in drafting their strategy, where there may be benefits from aligning municipal waste management services with the treatment of waste from other sectors.
Additional revenue generated from the landfill tax will be redistributed to business through the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme to encourage and support resource efficiency, waste minimisation and diversion of waste away from landfill.
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 (as amended) require producers to recover and recycle specified tonnages of
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packaging waste each year, so a significant amount of commercial waste is already being recycled to meet packaging targets.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) promotes resource efficiency, with a particular focus on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products and removing the barriers to waste minimisation, re-use and recycling.
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