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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the meetings of EU Agriculture Ministers in the last 12 months at which reform of the Common Agricultural Policy was discussed. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 28 November 2005]: Discussions of CAP reform within the last 12 months has focused on reform of the sugar regime. This was discussed at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the following dates: 2223 November 2004, and 24 January, 1819 July, 1920 September, 2425 October, 2224 November 2005. Agreement on reform was reached at the meeting in November 2005.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agreements under the Countryside Stewardship scheme are live; how many hectares are covered by such agreements; how many agreements provided access for the public within two miles of (a) an urban area and (b) the coast; and how many hectares are covered in those areas. 
Jim Knight: There are currently 16,747 live Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreements covering 524,604.58 hectares. More specifically, the number and hectarage of live CSS agreements providing both linear and open access for the public are as follows:
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the access authorities which have taken part in the Access Management Grant Scheme; and what total level of funding has been granted to each such authority since the scheme's inception. 
|Bath and North East Somerset||2,475|
|Blackburn with Darwen||9,333|
|Brighton and Hove||19,955|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||42,477|
|Redcar and Cleveland||8,038|
|South Downs (East Sussex)||31,397|
Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the Finance Director is in her Department; what specialist finance qualifications he or she holds; and what the details are of his or her career to date. 
Jim Knight: Defra's acting finance director is Ian Grattidge. He joined Defra on 18 February 2002 and was appointed acting director on 7 November 2005. Ian Grattidge is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Chartered Accountants.
Prior to joining Defra Ian Grattidge held finance director posts at the Food Standards Agency and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. He has also held posts in the finance management division of former MAFF and at the BBC; was head of finance and business administration at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, DTI; financial accountant at NMI Ltd; an internal auditor for the DTI and a tax inspector for HM Customs and Excise.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have been relocated into London and the South East in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
DEFRA was created in June 2001 and the information in this answer covers the period since then. The following table shows the number of staff who have been relocated into London and the South East with funding assistance from the Department.
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|2001 (June to December)||11|
|2005 (January to November)||7|
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department has issued to departmental offices on (a) producing a transport plan for staff and contractors and (b) reducing the environmental impact of car parking and car use by staff and contractors. 
Jim Knight: All Defra and executive agency workplaces with more than 50 people working on-site are required to produce travel plans to reduce the impact of travel-related activities on the environment. Targets and actions are reviewed for progress and sites are surveyed biennially so that travel plans can be updated. Comprehensive guidance is provided through access to the Energy Savings Trust's Travel Plan Resource Pack for Employers.
Travel plans are site-specific and each addresses significant transport-related environmental impacts according to local circumstances. At sites where car parking and car use are identified as significant impacts constructive solutions are sought to reduce the negative impacts.
Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 1054W, on energy efficiency (commercial sector), what (a) the cost effective potential and (b) the technical potential for carbon savings in the commercial and services sector through energy efficiency measures is by (i) 2010 and (ii) 2020, expressed in megatonnes of carbon. 
2020: This figure is more difficult to estimate but may also be around the 10 per cent. level, with the draw-down of existing measures generally balanced by the influx of new ones, as has happened in the past. The corresponding carbon figure may be somewhat under 2MtC, but the precise value will depend on the impact of future carbon reduction policies in this particular sector, the sector's underlying growth rate and any structural changes occurring within it.
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