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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mr. Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will produce an annual report on greenhouse gas emissions and present it to Parliament. [33176]

Mr. Morley: If passed, the Private Member's Bill entitled Climate Change and Sustainable Energy would require such a report to be made to Parliament by the Prime Minister.

The Bill successfully received its Second Reading on 11 November and has been sent to Standing Committee. During that debate, the Minister for Energy indicated that the Government would support the relevant clause
 
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subject to it being amended to the effect that producing such a report would be the responsibility of the Secretary of State.

DEFRA produces an annual inventory of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions and various other reports to comply with our international obligations both to the EU and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Mr. Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce legislation creating legally-binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. [33179]

Mr. Morley: The UK already has a legally binding target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5per cent. during the 2008–12 period under the Kyoto protocol.

Mobile Phones/Printer Cartridges

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been conducted (a) by and (b) for her Department relating to the recycling and reuse of (i) mobile phones and (ii) printer cartridges. [27889]

Mr. Bradshaw: No research has been conducted by or for the Department relating specifically to the recycling and reuse of mobile phones or printer cartridges.

Quad Bikers

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what complaints her Department has received on the inappropriate and illegal use of walking trails by quad bikers. [33194]

Jim Knight: I am not aware of any specific complaints about the inappropriate and illegal use of walking trails by quad bikers.

However, we have received a significant number of representations regarding the illegal use of other motorised vehicles on rights of way and off road land.

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department has taken to enforce laws regarding proper trail and land use by quad bikers. [33195]

Jim Knight: We have received a significant number of representations regarding the antisocial and illegal off-road use of motorised vehicles.

There already exists a range of statutory powers that, when used as part of a co-ordinated strategy, can prove effective in dealing with the inappropriate use of motor vehicles off-road. The Government will shortly be issuing guidance to help the police and local authorities tackle motor vehicle misuse. The guidance will set out the range of powers already available and will draw on existing best practice examples of police and local authorities working in successful partnerships.

Copies of this guidance will be placed in the Library of the House.
 
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Refrigerators

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what target her Department has set for the amount of chlorofluorocarbons that should be recovered from refrigerators in each year; [30995]

(2) how many refrigerators were recovered with their reservoir of chlorofluorocarbons gas (a) empty and (b) intact in each of the last 10 years. [30994]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Government do not set a target for the amount of CFG that should be recovered from refrigerators in each year because it is not possible to know in advance how many refrigerators will be presented for treatment, the proportion that contained CFCs when manufactured, or the proportion of CFCs that will have been lost in use, storage or transit.

The recovery facilities do not record whether or not each fridge presented for treatment has a full charge of CFG in its coolant circuit. This is because the operator of the facility will not always know how much CFG an individual fridge contained when it was manufactured, and CFG recovery is measured over a large batch of units and it is not practical to record recovery on a fridge by fridge basis.

Sustainable Development

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made under the UK's presidency in relation to the sustainable development agenda. [30270]

Mr. Morley: Defra is seeking to promote sustainable development through the full range of its business by ensuring that all its dossiers fully address environmental, economic and social impacts. Our approach is underpinned by the need to make progress on Better Regulation. The European Commission's proposal for a Review of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy—a UK priority—will not be published until mid-December but we will be supporting the forthcoming Austrian Presidency to achieve their aim of completing the review by June 2006.

Timber

Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to reduce the amount of illegal timber entering the United Kingdom. [33942]

Mr. Morley: The UK is taking a range of steps to reduce the amount of illegal timber entering the United Kingdom.

The European Commission published its Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan in May 2003. This describes a package of measures to tackle illegal logging, including proposals that the EUenters into partnership agreements with timber producing countries to establish a licensing system designed to identify products and license them for export to the EU.
 
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The UK is delighted that the proposal for a licensing system received political agreement at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 24 October 2005, under the UK's Presidency of the European Union. This will be adopted in December 2005. The UK, with other EU partners, is already discussing possible agreements with timber producing countries, including Ghana and Malaysia. It is hoped that these agreements will be finalised soon. This will mean that the amount of illegal timber entering the United Kingdom from these countries will reduce.

The FLEGT Action Plan also proposes that the Commission look at other options to tackle illegal logging, including using Government procurement and introducing legislation to prevent the importation of illegally logged timber at a member state or EU level. Government awaits the European Commission's report, which will allow us to take this work forward, including the options for action at the UK level.
 
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Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many diagnoses made by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge were found to be incorrect in (a) each of the last three years and (b) this year to date; and what these figures represent as a percentage of overall diagnoses. [31857]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 November 2005]: Diagnoses are a matter of veterinary judgment, usually made on the basis of a combination of clinical signs and test results. In some cases post mortem finding are also available. The following figures give the total number of tests completed and the number of complaints recorded that relate to test results. Some errors in test results are detected by the VLA ISO17025 UKAS quality system after reporting (eg during audit). These are notified to customers but do not necessarily result in a complaint. Estimates of these are also provided.
Number of
tests reported
Number of complaints received regarding test resultsNumber of incorrect test results notified
to customers
Incorrect test results as percentage of total
April 2002-March 20033,359,9224<25<0.001
April 2003-March 20042,672,3854<25<0.001
April 2004-March 20052,910,3184<25<0.001
April 2005-October 20051,102,8164<25<0.002

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many diagnoses made by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge were contested in (a) each of the last three years and (b) this year to date; and what these figures represent as a percentage of overall diagnoses. [31858]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 November 2005]: Diagnoses are a matter of veterinary judgment, usually made on the basis of a combination of clinical signs and test results. In some cases post mortem finding are also available. The following figures give the total number of tests completed and the number of complaints recorded that relate to test results. Instances when customers contact the VLA to discuss a test result or diagnosis but make no complaint are not recorded in a manor that permits analysis. In some of these cases it may be that customers are questioning a result or diagnosis but are content with the explanation given and make no complaint.
Number of tests reported by VLANumber of complaints received regarding test resultsComplaints as a percentage of tests reported
April 2002-March 20033,359,92240.0001
April 2003-March 20042,672,38540.0001
April 2004-March 20052,910,31840.0001
April 2005-October 20051,102,81640.0004


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