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Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries will make an official visit to Pilling Sands before a decision is taken by the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee to re-open cockle beds there. 
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 30 November 2005, Official Report, columns 50506W, on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, if she will list the additional green spaces that have become accessible in Worcestershire as a result of the Access Management Grant Scheme. 
Jim Knight: A new right of public access on foot to open country and registered common land was created by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and was commenced in Worcestershire on 31 October 2005. The Access Management Grant Scheme is intended to facilitate public access to this land, by helping to pay for local management planning/consultation, and for on-site infrastructure such as gates, stiles and signage. Public access to the following areas of access land in Worcestershire has been facilitated through the provision of on-site infrastructure under the Scheme:
|Upper Ham, Kempsey||Signage|
|Purshall Green, Elmbridge||Signage, gate|
|Uckinghall Meadow, Ripple||Signage|
|Lower Ham, Kempsey||Signage|
|Ankerdine Common, Doddenham||Signage|
|Pipers Hill Common, Dodderhill||Signage, gate, fencing|
|Pound Green Common, Upper Arley||Signage|
|Hartlebury Common, Hartlebury||Signage, path|
|Powick Hams, Powick||Signage,|
|Waseley Hills, Romsley||Signage, gates, linear route|
|Asharn Meadow, Birlingham||Signage|
|Dairy cows (number)|
Since 1984 UK production has been constrained by milk quota where penalties are incurred if total production goes over pre set limits. During this period
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cow numbers have declined while average milk yield per cow has increased allowing total production to remain relatively stable at the level of quota.
Jim Knight: There a very few (under five) holdings with more than 1,000 dairy cows. To protect confidentiality of individual holding information as required by the Agricultural Statistics Act (1979), we are not able to release the precise number given the small numbers involved.
The above figures include those who have retired voluntarily with an actuarially reduced pension, those who have retired with benefits under the civil service compensation scheme and those who have retired on ill-health grounds.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence she has had with the Isle of Man Government in relation to the extent of its fishing jurisdiction; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: There have been no discussions, or meetings between the Isle of Man Government and DEFRA Ministers in relation to its recent proposals to extend the Isle of Man's fishing jurisdiction from 3 to 12 miles. I have had correspondence from the Isle of Man Government regarding the proposals and DEFRA, along with the devolved Administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, consulted stakeholders on them in the summer. A decision on the outcome of the consultation will be communicated to the Isle of Man Government in due course.
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average retail price is of a litre of milk in the (a) UK and (b) each EU member state; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Average retail prices per litre of milk from 1975 to 1993 are shown in the following table. More recent prices of milk are only available from the statistical offices in the member states and would take disproportionate cost to collate.
|UK(15)||Germany(16)||France (Paris)(16)||Italy (Rome)(16)||Netherlands(16)||Belgium(16)|
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the average real terms price per litre of milk in (a) the UK and (b) each EU member state in each year since 1975. 
Jim Knight: EUROSTAT publish selected indices of consumer prices in member states. There is no index available for milk, but there is a combined index for prices of milk, cheese and eggs. The index (based on 1996=100) in real terms is shown in the following table. Information is only readily available from 1995.
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average wholesale price per litre of milk paid to UK dairy farmers was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|Pence per litre|
|Excluding any retrospective bonus payments made by purchasers||Including retrospective bonus payments made by purchasers|
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the relationship between supermarkets and dairy farmers; and if she will make a statement. 
Supermarkets and dairy farmers have an indirect commercial relationship largely through intermediary companies such as milk buyers and processors. We are encouraging dialogue between all parts of the supply chain through the Dairy Supply Chain Forum, chaired by my noble Friend, the Lord Bach, as we believe the challenges facing the sector can be solved only by collaborative action.
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Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the average real terms retail price per litre of milk in the UK in each year since 1975. 
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the wholesale price per litre of milk paid to UK farmers in each year since 1975. 
|Units: Pence per litre|
|Excluding bonus payments(21)||Including bonus payments(22)|
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