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Quarantine

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the quarantine arrangements involving (a) bird traders and (b) importers of birds. [30488]

Mr. Bradshaw: An Independent Review chaired by Professor Nigel Dimmock has been established to review avian quarantine arrangements. We expect to receive his report, which we will publish, in early December.

Veterinary Surgeons Bill

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to be in a position to publish the Veterinary Surgeons Bill. [32211]

Mr. Bradshaw: A draft Bill will be introduced when parliamentary time is available. We are developing options on which to base a draft Bill and will ensure that there is appropriate consultation of stakeholders.

Waste Management

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total volume of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) other waste was in each region in each year since 2001–02; what this represents per head of population; and what proportion was (i) sent to landfill, (ii) incinerated and (iii) disposed of by other means. [27890]

Mr. Bradshaw: Results for municipal waste, of which approximately 90 per cent. is domestic waste, are taken from the annual Defra Municipal Waste Management Survey. The results for both commercial waste and industrial waste are taken from the Environment Agency Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey and are available for 2002–03 only. Results for other types of waste are not available broken down at regional level. Totals may not add due to rounding.
Municipal waste
Thousand tonnes

ArisingsTonnes per headLandfillIncineratedOther
2001–02
East Midlands2,4090.581,881156373
East of England2,9990.562,41142545
London4,4380.613,244844351
North East1,5720.621,220243108
North West4,1830.623,60897478
South East4,4770.563,5371940
South West2,8300.572,2843544
West Midlands2,9850.571,688944351
Yorkshire and the Humber3,0130.612,549116348
2002–03
East Midlands2,4490.581,899142408
East of England3,0120.562,36943600
London4,4460.603,163873410
North East1,6570.651,261232164
North West4,3440.643,625112607
South East4,5380.563,467161,055
South West2,9010.582,2633635
West Midlands3,0460.571,650968428
Yorkshire and the Humber3,0010.602,372217411
2003–04
East Midlands2,4450.571,791151503
East of England2,9440.542,20336704
London4,3420.593,021827494
North East1,6370.641,147216273
North West4,3800.643,491109779
South East4,5290.563,310931,125
South West2,8650.572,1664695
West Midlands3,0310.571,594928509
Yorkshire and the Humber2,9310.592,212237482

 
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2002–03 Commercial waste
Thousand tonnes

ArisingsTonnes per headLandfillIncineratedOther
East Midlands2,3220.551,1781131,031
East of England3,3080.611,3891111,808
London5,6040.762,5202862,798
North East1,1990.47589121489
North West3,8330.572,0351331,665
South East5,2710.662,5472232,501
South West2,9670.601,549471,371
West Midlands3,0190.571,457991,463
Yorkshire and the Humber2,7970.561,261641,472

2002–03 Industrial waste
Thousand tonnes

ArisingsTonnes per headLandfillIncineratedOther
East Midlands5,7711.372,5501453,076
East of England3,2560.608572022,197
London1,9020.26482881,332
North East3,4001.341,2931811,926
North West4,5020.661,8672262,409
South East3,5810.451,3101922,079
South West2,5890.52802631,724
West Midlands4,2460.801,4571352,654
Yorkshire and the Humber8,3391.672,574895,676

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when officials from her Department last discussed with Northamptonshire county council its waste disposal strategy. [30861]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 22 November 2005]: Defra officials have not met with Northamptonshire county council but are aware of their intention to submit an Expression of Interest for waste PFI credits. As part of that process, Defra will be assessing the status and quality of Northamptonshire's Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on plans for the future of the Waste and Resources Action Programme. [27520]

Mr. Bradshaw: Earlier this year we advised the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) of their indicative funding from Defra until the financial year 2007–08. We are currently reviewing all aspects of our waste strategy, including how the work of WRAP contributes to our objectives. We hope to publish a substantial progress report on this for consultation early in the New Year.
 
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World Trade Organisation

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the EU's most recent offer in the World Trade Organisation trade negotiations on (a) applied EU agricultural tariffs and (b) total levels of EU agricultural subsidy. [29489]

Mr. Bradshaw: For most EU tariffs, the general 'most favoured nation' (MFN) applied tariffs are the same as the bound tariffs. This means that, in general, the cuts in the bound tariffs will translate into equivalent cuts in the general MFN applied tariffs. (The most notable exceptions are some of the tariffs in the cereals, rice and fruit and vegetables sectors.)

For some countries EU applied tariffs are less than the applied MFN tariffs. These lower applied tariffs are granted to groups such as the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (for least developed countries most tariffs are already zero under the everything but arms agreement). At present there is no proposal for any specific reduction in these preferential tariff rates. Neither is there any proposal for a reduction in the concessionary within-quotas tariffs which already exist.
 
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Total agricultural support consists of two broad categories: market price support (keeping domestic agricultural prices above world prices), which involves costs to consumers and Government expenditure; and direct payments by Government. The two aspects of the EU offer which will have the most impact on consumer costs are the elimination of export subsidies and the reductions in tariffs. The elimination of export subsidies and the reductions in tariffs will allow prices to fall, resulting in a decrease in the overall level of subsidy due to a decrease in consumer costs. However, it is difficult to predict the magnitude of this effect because of the complex interactions between domestic support reforms, trade reforms, and reforms in other major agricultural producing countries.

The EU's offer on domestic support will consolidate the 2003 CAP reforms. The result of the offer would be a real reduction in trade-distorting subsidy from both the pre-2003 position and the current position. However, the non-trade-distorting direct payments are not affected by the EU's offer in the WTO negotiations as these are eligible for the WTO 'green box'.

PRIME MINISTER

Al-Jazeera

Adam Price: To ask the Prime Minister what information he received on action that the United States Administration proposed to take against the Al-Jazeera television channel. [32183]

The Prime Minister: None.

Commission for Africa

Andrew George: To ask the Prime Minister what criteria he used to decide on the appointment of members of the Commission for Africa; and what assessment he has made of whether the commissioners still meet these criteria. [32184]

The Prime Minister: I established the Commission for Africa in February 2004. Commissioners were invited to participate in a personal capacity. Criteria included the desirability of a broad geographical balance both within and outside Africa, and a mix of those with political, civil society, private sector and international community backgrounds. Nine of the seventeen commissioners were from Africa; three commissioners were women.

The Commission for Africa report and the commission's consultation process have been widely praised, suggesting that the composition of the commission was and remains appropriate. I am grateful for the personal contribution of all of the commissioners.


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