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Mr. Bradshaw: There are a range of policies in European Union and UK legislation to protect fish stocks. The Government will shortly be publishing a response to the Net Benefits" report which made a wide ranging series of recommendations to secure sustainable fisheries in the waters around the UK.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the Commission for Africa's report for her Department's work. 
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of fruit and vegetables was destroyed under EU arrangements in each of the last three years. 
Latest data from the European Commission indicate that total produce withdrawn from the market in the EU fell from over 1.1 million tonnes in 200001 to 596,000 tonnes in 200102, and to 315,000 tonnes in 200203.
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Alun Michael: The key priority over the coming year is reform of the sugar regime. Looking further ahead, the review of dairy quotas in 2008 and the review of decoupling in 2009 may provide further opportunities for reform. We are also pushing for a radical outcome to the current WTO round to increase market access and eliminate export subsidies at the earliest opportunity.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1639, to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Central (Tony Lloyd) on climate change, what the results were of her discussions with newly developing countries, with particular reference to those with substantial and growing energy needs; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, together with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, jointly hosted a Round Table for the energy and environment Ministers from 20 countries, including the emerging economies, on 1516 March.
This was an innovative event which enabled us to explore common ground and begin to build a shared agenda to tackle issues of access to energy for development, energy security, and environmental protection.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Ministers in her Department have issued written instructions to override her Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of estimated biomass of the 10 most landed fish species under North Sea Total Allowable Catches were landed by vessels from each EU member state in the last period for which figures are available; and what proportion of each catch was made up of recognised market valuable species. 
|Rank||Species||TAC 2005 in thousand tonnes||Proportion of biomass taken in 2003|
|Sand Eel||Herring||Sprat||Saithe||Blue Whiting||Haddock||Plaice||Horse Mackerel||Whiting||Cod|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of households in England which are at risk from flooding; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: The most recent estimate of households at risk of flooding is based on data from the Environment Agency's 2004 National Flood Risk Assessment which is also used in the FloodMap available from their website. This identified just under 1.9 million households within the Extreme Flood Outline in England (with more than 0.1 per cent. probability of flooding in any year).
More than half of these households are in the low probability band (less than 0.5 per cent. probability of flooding in any year) and the majority of the remainder are in the moderate band (less than 1.3 per cent. probability in any year).
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the opportunities available to public sector food buyers and farmers under the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative; and if she will make a statement. 
Alun Michael: Examples of developments which offer greater opportunities for local producers to compete for public sector business include: (a) to supply more fruit and vegetables under the expanding 5-A-Day scheme; (b) an increased demand for fresh and seasonal produce and (c) greater emphasis on quality.
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