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Bovine Tuberculosis

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Independent Scientific Group on its conclusion that there was nothing to learn from the Republic of Ireland's study on bovine tuberculosis. [1669]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB (ISG) did not conclude that there was nothing to be learned from the Republic of Ireland's four-area badger study. The ISG recognised that the Republic of Ireland study added to the available evidence, but identified limitations in the applicability of the study to the situation in Great Britain.

The Government's Strategic Framework for the sustainable control of bovine tuberculosis sets out a process for decision-making on badger culling, based on analysis of practicality, cost-effectiveness and sustainability. The Government are working on modelling (including cost-benefit analysis) badger-culling options using existing and emerging data, and this will include data from the Irish Four Area Trial.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce more rigorous pre-movement tuberculosis testing of cattle; and if she will make a statement. [2659]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 9 June 2005]: The Department is considering a proposal for pre-movement testing in Great Britain, developed by one of the TB interest groups. The report of the group, which was chaired by a farmer, is available on the Defra website. We are considering the groups' recommendation.

The policy will require agreement from the Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly. We aim to consult later this year on the detailed proposal. A proposal is also being developed for post-movement testing in Scotland (led by the Scottish Executive).


Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the incidence of cases of BSE in cows born after the imposition of the reinforced feed ban. [3640]

Mr. Bradshaw: The UK's reinforced feed ban, effective from 1 August 1996, has resulted in a step change decrease in BSE in cattle born from this date. There have been 121 cases born after July 1996 in the UK. More than 183,000 cases have been confirmed in the UK to date and over 99 per cent. were born before August 1996.

No cases have yet been found in animals born in the year between August 2000 and July 2001. Three cases have recently been confirmed in cattle born in September 2001, October 2001 and May 2002. All were from the same farm and investigations into a possible cause continue.
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Professor William Hill is currently carrying out an independent assessment of the possible causes of BSE cases born after July 1996 at the request of Defra.

Cattle Diseases

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the new system of table valuations for (a) bovine TB, (b) enzootic bovine leukosis, (c) BSE and (d) brucellosis. [2566]

Mr. Bradshaw: Defra remains committed to introducing a new cattle compensation system, based on table valuations, and aims to put the new system in place during 2005.

The Department is looking closely at concerns raised during the consultation, especially in relation to the scope of categories for commercial and pedigree animals. Ultimately we want a system that is fair to both farmers and taxpayers.

Once we have more concrete details, Defra will arrange further meetings with stakeholders to discuss how it intends to proceed.

Chewing Gum

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost of removing chewing gum from streets was in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each local authority in each year since 1997. [2411]

Mr. Bradshaw: Figures are available for the total cost of street cleansing at national and regional level. However, these figures are not broken down to include more detailed aspects such as chewing gum removal.

A recent survey by ENCAMS—the environmental charity which runs the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign—received 66 responses from local authorities on gum removal. The spending by these authorities on removing gum ranged from £0 to £200,000, with the average per authority at £12,792.

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to lay an order before Parliament implementing section2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. [3882]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Nuisance Parking Offences under part 2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act came into force on the 7 June. We hope to implement the abandoned vehicle measures in the autumn. The Fixed Penalty Notices relating to local environmental offences, including nuisance parking and abandoned vehicles, are due to be implemented by April 2006.

Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the representatives on the Committee on Radioactive Waste
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Management have direct scientific or engineering experience of the nuclear industry; and if she will make a statement. [2657]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 9 June 2005]: Details for the members of CoRWM, together with a declaration of their interests, can be found on the CoRWM website,

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many options on the disposal of nuclear waste are being considered by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. [2658]

Mr. Morley: The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) launched the second phase of its Public and Stakeholder Engagement consultation programme on 4 April 2005. One of the items covered by this consultation is its proposed shortlist of options for the long-term management of the UK's higher level
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radioactive waste. Of the 15 options originally evaluated, CoRWM has proposed that four be carried forward to further assessment:

This shortlist will be finalised in light of CoRWM's consultation. Further details can be found at


Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many consultants were employed by her Department in each of the last three years; and what their names were. [1333]

Jim Knight: The Department has engaged consultants from the companies shown as follows in each of the last three financial years:
Consultancy supplier

Financial year
1A B P Research and Consultancy Ltd1st Call Communications LtdAccenture (UK) Ltd
2ATG Consultancy LtdA T G Consultancy LtdAir Quality Consultants
3Agra Ceas ConsultingAccenture (UK) LtdAlco Waste Management Ltd
4Air Quality ConsultantsAccenture PlcAllium and Brassica Centre
5Alco Waste Management LtdAgra Ceas ConsultingAmtec Consulting Group
6Amtec Consulting GroupAgros AssociatesAndersons Farm Bus Consultants Ltd
7Black and Veatch Consulting LtdAir Quality ConsultantsBlack and Veatch Consulting Ltd
8Bridge Corporate Consultants LtdAlco Waste Management LtdBritish Trust For Ornithology
9British Trust For OrnithologyAmtec Consulting GroupBrogdale Horticultural Trust
10Brogdale Horticultural TrustAndersons Farm Bus Consultants LtdC A B I Bioscience
11Bullen Consultants LtdBlack and Veatch Consulting LtdC Y Hill
12C A B I BioscienceBritish Trust For OrnithologyCornwell Management Consultants plc
13C J C ConsultingBrogdale Horticultural TrustCountrywise Communications Ltd
14C Y HillC A B I BioscienceCoVision Management Consulting
15Cascade ConsultingC J C ConsultingC-Tech Innovation Ltd
16Consultancy and Research Services LtdC Y HillDavid J Cole
17Cornwell Management Consultants plcCascade ConsultingDeloitte M C S Ltd
18Countrywise Communications LtdConsultancy and Research Services LtdDelta Partnership Solutions Ltd
19David J ColeCornwall Management Consultants plcDrew Associates
20David Trevor-Jones AssociatesCountrywise Communications LtdEconom For The Environ Consult Ltd
21Dbi ConsultingCoVision Management Consulting.Elm Farm Research Centre
22Deloitte ConsultingDavid J ColeEntec UK Ltd
23Delta Partnership Solutions LtdDavid Trevor-Jones AssociatesEnvironmental Resources Management
24Drew AssociatesDeloitte M C S LtdEnviros Consulting Ltd
25Econom For The Environ Consult LtdDelta Partnership Solutions LtdESYS Consulting
26Ecoscope Applied EcologistsDrew AssociatesEunomia Research and Consulting Ltd
27Elm Farm Research CentreEcoscope Applied EcologistsFisheries Resource Management
28Entec UK LtdElm Farm Research CentreFoundation For Science and Technology
29Environmental Resources ManagementEntec UK LtdGeoff Sterry
30Enviros Consulting LtdEnvironmental Resources ManagementH D R A Consultants
31Eunomia Research and Consulting LtdEnviros Consulting LtdHedra Consortium
32Fisheries Resource ManagementEunomia Research and Consulting LtdHillier Hopkins
33Geoff SterryFisheries Resource ManagementI C Consultants Ltd
34Greengage Consulting LtdGeoff SterryIlex Energy Consulting Ltd
35H G LeventhallGreengage Consulting LtdInsite Research and Consulting
36Hedra ConsortiumH D R A ConsultantsInsys Ltd
37Hillier HopkinsHedra ConsortiumInterbrand UK
38I B M United Kingdom LtdHillier HopkinsInternational Science Consultants
39I C Consultants LtdI B M United Kingdom LtdJ C Turner Associates
40I C M ConsultancyI C Consultants LtdJ E P Environmental Consultancy
41Ilex Energy Consulting LtdIlex Energy Consulting LtdJ M Beaven
42Insite Research and ConsultingInsite Research and ConsultingJohn Champion Consultants
43International Resources GroupInsys LtdJohn Fawell
44International Science ConsultantsInterbrand UKK P M G
45Jackson ConsultingInternational Science ConsultantsKellogg Brown and Root Ltd
46John Champion ConsultantsJ C Turner AssociatesKirby Associates Ltd
47Kellogg Brown and Root LtdJ M BeavenLand Use Consultants
48Kirby Associates LtdJackson ConsultingLogica UK Ltd
49L M C International LtdJohn Champion ConsultantsLogicacmg
50Land Use ConsultantsJohn FawellLondon Remade Ltd
51Logica UK LtdKPMGM L Parry and Associates
52Lorren WyattKellogg Brown and Root LtdMacaulay Land Use Research Inst
53M L Parry and AssociatesKirby Associates LtdMcmillan Scott plc
54March Consulting LtdM C International LtdMentis Management Consultants Ltd
55Mcmillan Scott plcLand Use ConsultantsMinefield Research Services Ltd
56Mylnefield Research Services LtdLogica UK LtdNorton and Brooksbank Ltd
57Natural Resources InstituteLondon Remade LtdOxera Consulting Ltd
58O'Grady's Management Consultants LtdM L Parry and AssociatesP A Consulting Group
59Osborne RichardsonMcmillan Scott plcPartnerships UK plc
60Oxera Consulting LtdMorbus ConsultingPeake (GB) Ltd
61P A Consulting GroupMorgan ChambersPenna Change Consulting Ltd
62PKFMylnefield Research Services LtdPenna Consulting Plc
63Peake (GB) LtdNatural Resources InstitutePenna plc
64Penna Change Consulting LtdNorton and Brooksbank LtdPublic Partners
65Q I ConsultingOxera Consulting LtdPublic Private Ptnrship Programme
66Qinetiq LtdP A Consulting GroupQ I Consulting
67R P S Water ServicesParliament Renewable and Sust En GrpQinetiq Ltd
68Risk and Policy Analysts Ltd68 Partnerships UK plcRisk and Policy Analysts Ltd
69Risk SolutionsPeake (GB) LtdRisk Solutions
70Rothamsted Experimental StationPenna Change Consulting LtdSimon Draper Agronomy Ltd
71Saxton Bampfylde Hever plcPenna Consulting PlcSoil Association
72Scott Wilson Piesold Consulting LtdPenna Sanders and SidneySypol Ltd
73Simon PoultonPenny Anderson Associates LtdT E S Bretby
74SMS Multimedia ConsultancyPublic PartnersThe Faraday Partnership Ltd
75Soil AssociationPublic Private Ptnrship ProgrammeThe Heather Trust
76Spy Design LtdQ I ConsultingThe Sir Alister Hardy Foundation For Ocean Science
77Sypol Environmental Management LtdQinetiq LtdThe Zoological Society Of London
78T E S BretbyR P S Water ServicesTowers Perrin
79The Brown Rural PartnershipRisk and Policy Analysts LtdW R C plc
80The Heather TrustSimon Draper Agronomy LtdWater Management Consultants
81The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation For Ocean ScienceS M S Multimedia ConsultancyWilliams Parry Richards
82The Zoological Society Of LondonSoil Association
83W R C plcSpy Design Ltd
84Water Management ConsultantsSypol Environmental Management Ltd
85Wilkinson Environ Consulting LtdT E S Bretby
86Williams Parry RichardsThe Brown Rural Partnership
87Your CommunicationsThe Faraday Partnership Ltd
88The Heather Trust
89The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation For Ocean Science
90The Zoological Society Of London
91Thirleby Consulting Ltd
92Towers Perrin
93W R C plc
94Water Management Consultants
95Williams Parry Richards

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