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Floodline

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many telephone calls were received by Floodline in each of the last 36 months; and if she will make a statement. [32617]

Mr. Morley: The Environment Agency is the principal operating authority responsible for flood risk in England and operates the Floodline telephone advice service. The number of calls is given in the following table.
Number of calls
2002
November7107
December4753
2003
January14,065
February1879
March1890
April1496
May1597
June1548
July1697
August1574
September2109
October6476
November2819
December2203
2004
January2546
February5921
March2154
April2106
May1488
June1763
July1787
August6559
September1928
October5806
November2792
December1809
2005
January5379
February2804
March2269
April2580
May2199
June2870
July2349
August2194
September2305
October5338

 
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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many visits to the Floodline website there were in each of the last 36 months; and if she will make a statement. [32618]

Mr. Morley: Floodline" is an Environment Agency telephone service. The number of times the Flood Warning pages on the Agency's website were accessed are given in the following table. It should be noted that an individual might access more than one page at each visit to the website. Each such page access has been counted separately rather than the visits" as such.
Number
2002
November288,541
December281,478
2003
January453,796
February77,221
March78,937
April63,514
May54,564
June52,500
July54,033
August37,964
September45,152
October78,291
November110,169
December91,947
2004
January186,362
February520,410
March98,332
April154,206
May81,871
June69,448
July79,494
August386,188
September121,902
October2,446,509
November238,813
December144,280
2005
January752,578
February230,328
March189,832
April202,371
May170,801
June193,276
July144,772
August146,962
September193,619
October682,603









 
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Ministerial Travel

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions since 7 July she has used the London underground in connection with her official duties. [35027]

Jim Knight: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, has not had an opportunity to use the London underground in connection with her official duties since 7 July 2005.

MRSA

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with colleagues in the Department for Health on MRSA, with particular reference to the emergence of similar strains in humans and animals. [33790]

Mr. Bradshaw: Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" (MRSA) in animals has been specifically discussed at the Defra Antimicrobial Resistance Co-ordination (DARC) Group, which is led by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and includes the Department of Health (DH) membership. The VMD held a meeting in 2004 involving DARC group members, and external specialists in MRSA, to consider how the issue should be addressed. It was decided to turn this group into a MRSA sub group of DARC. There have been two meetings of this MRSA sub group in 2005, in January and in July and a position statement on (MRSA) in animals is available on the web at http://defraweb/animalh/diseases/zoonoses/mrsa.htm

North Western Waters Regional Advisory Council

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1068–69W, on the Regional Advisory Council for North Western Waters, what the (a) mandate, (b) budget and (c) powers are of the Regional Advisory Council for North Western Waters; how many members the Council has; how many UK representatives are on the Council; what posts on the Council are held by UK nationals; and if she will make a statement. [32042]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is as follows:

(a) The remit or mandate of the North Western Waters Regional Advisory Council (hereafter RAC):

(b) The budget of the RAC for September 2005-September 2006 is 299,310/205,010. This is comes from the Commission (84 per cent.), member states (7 per cent.) and other contributors including members (9 per cent.).
 
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(c) The RACs play an advisory role only; neither the Commission nor the member states are bound by the advice they receive from the RAC. However those in receipt of advice must respond precisely, within three months of the advice being given.

Currently there are 82 members on the General Assembly, 24 on the Executive Committee, and 58 members of the four working groups. Of these totals 26, five and 19 are from the UK respectively.

RAC members from the UK hold the following positions: Chairman of the RAC and Executive Committee, Chairman of the West of Scotland Working Group, Vice Chairman of the English Channel Working Group, and Vice Chairman of the Irish Sea Working group.

Public Sector Energy Savings

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the percentage of energy usage in the public sector that will be saved through energy efficiency measures by 2020. [31468]

Mr. Morley: With current policies the public sector is expected to save about 3–5 per cent. of its energy consumption in 2010 compared to a business as usual baseline. Without any further policies the savings would remain at the same level to 2020. Current policies in this sector are being reviewed as part of the wider review of the UK climate change programme.

Statutory Instruments

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many statutory instruments introduced by her Department were (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted because of defective drafting in each session since 1997; and what steps she (i) is taking and (ii) plans to take to prevent further such instances. [33553]

Jim Knight: The Department does not maintain comprehensive statistics on these questions for the period since 1997. The Department was created in June 2001. According to available sources dating back to 1999 (which therefore relate in part to MAFF), the Department has in the last six years made 26 instruments which correct defective drafting. The training measures mentioned in the answer to UIN 33554 are designed to limit such occurrences to a minimum.

Waste Disposal

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long it takes on average to build a fully working incinerator to deal with refuse. [26496]

Mr. Bradshaw: Indicative lead times to develop new waste management facilities are given in Defra's practice guide to support local authorities in developing municipal waste management strategies, which is available on Defra's website at:
 
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www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/practice-guidance/index.htm.

For energy from waste facilities the indicative lead times from commencement of procurement to operation range from five to eight years, depending on factors such as the size of the facility and local planning issues.


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