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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals have been ordered to be slaughtered to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis in each month in 2005. 
|Month(9)||Number of cattle slaughtered in GB(10)|
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints the Department has received about the conduct of its officials with regard to bovine tuberculosis in each month since 2001; and if she will make a statement. 
|Month (2001)(11)||Total herd tests(11)|
|Month (2002)(11)||Total herd tests(12)|
|Month (2003)||Total herd tests(12)|
|Month (2004)||Total herd tests(11)|
|Month (2005)||Total herd tests(11)|
Mr. Bradshaw: Our latest assessment shows that bovine TB restrictions, applied as result of a TB incident, affected approximately 5.2 per cent. of cattle herds in Great Britain between January and September 2005, compared with approximately 4.7 per cent. for the same period in 2004.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is planning to introduce to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on carbon dioxide levels of the removal of existing nuclear power stations as each is closed down. 
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for North Essex on 10 October, Official Report, column 23W and our published projections at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/sepn/uep2004.pdf and http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/sepn/uep_addendum.pdf.
The published projections of nuclear generation reflect company views at the time and do not allow for additional life extension potential. Updated energy projections will be made available in due course.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1053W, when the findings of the European Commission Observer Programme are expected to be published; and whether they will be published on a regular basis. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We will be supplying the required information by 1 June 2006. As the Commission want to address the issue as a matter of urgency, I anticipate that a report will be available soon after.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of (a) Christmas cards and (b) Christmas trees that were recycled in each year since 1990; what support she provides to local authorities with regard to the recycling of Christmas cards; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Christmas card and tree recycling schemes are run by the Woodland Trust and local authorities respectively. As such DEFRA has no record of the amounts collected and recycled. However, in 2005 over 50 million cards were collected through the Woodland Trust scheme.
Support for local authorities who wish to run an awareness campaign at Christmas, including the recycling of Christmas cards, can be provided by WRAP'S 'Recycle Now' programme. The support includes the use of artwork, advertising templates and PR materials.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the possible impact of climate change upon civil nuclear facilities in the UK. 
Malcolm Wicks: Safety at nuclear facilities is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NIL). By virtue of the conditions attached to licences granted by the HSE, nuclear site licensees are required to maintain up-to-date safety cases for their sites, which take into account any changes to assumptions made about external hazards, such as the frequency, duration and severity of flooding, extreme temperatures, high winds and other climate change impacts.
As sites move into decommissioning and periods of care and maintenance which may extend over several decades, HSE will expect licensees to continue to consider the possible impacts of climate change and to identify any actions which they might need to take toensure the continued safety of their sites.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her assessment is of the possible impact of climate change on the nuclear facilities at (a) Chapelcross, (b) Hartlepool, (c) Heysham and (d) Torness. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NIL) regulates the safety of all nuclear power stations in the UK, including those at Chapelcross, Hartlepool, Heysham and Torness. The NIL requires the operators of these facilities to have an up to date written demonstration of safety, the safety case, for each facility, which takes into consideration external hazards such as climate change impacts. The NIL assesses the adequacy of operators' safety cases against its published Safety Assessment Principles (SAPs), which require that the risks posed to the safety of the nuclear plant by reasonably foreseeable external events, remain demonstrably low.
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