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Livestock Markets

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance is available from her Department for the setting up of livestock markets. [36130]

Mr. Bradshaw: There are no funding schemes administered by DEFRA for the purpose of setting up of livestock markets, although DEFRA's Rural Enterprise Scheme (which in its present form ends next year) could provide assistance for the building of a livestock market as part of a farm diversification project. Details are publicly available from the Department.

Marine Environment

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is in respect of the creation of a spatial planning regime for the marine environment. [38733]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Government are preparing proposals for legislation to provide a new framework for the seas, based on marine spatial planning. A consultation paper on the proposed Marine Bill be will published early in 2006.

In 2004 DEFRA commissioned a pilot project to investigate with stakeholders a number of issues associated with the development of marine spatial planning. This is almost complete, and the final report will be available on www.abpmer.co.uk/mspp shortly.

Opinion Research/Public Relations

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by her Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of the UK and (ii)London in 2004–05. [35954]

Jim Knight: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1294W and 12 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1600–1601W, salient details of which are given as follows.

(a) Public opinion research

Since 2001 Defra's Communications Directorate has commissioned the following omnibus tracking survey to measure public awareness of the Department, knowledge of its responsibilities and opinions on its performance:
DateCompanyCost (£)
February 2002Taylor Nelson Sofres42,000
April 2004Taylor Nelson Sofres14,950
October 2005Taylor Nelson Sofres26,000

Copies of all three surveys are available in the Library of the House.

(b) Public relations

Since 2001 Defra's Communications Directorate has commissioned the following external media relations services.
 
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DateAgencyCost (£)Project
2002Good Relations5,900Sustainable Food and Farming
2002Biss Lancaster189,366.67Your countryside your welcome
2002Red121,848.93Illegal Imports
2002Country Porter Novelli16,243Sustainable Development
2003Forster Company11,170Darwin Initiative
July 2004-March 2005Media Moguls261,558.70Illegal Food Imports Campaign Phase 1
August 2005-presentMedia Moguls22,362.31Illegal Food Imports Campaign Phase 2
January 2005-May 2005Amazon Public Relations55,904.84Launch of the Sustainable Development Strategy
August 2005 to dateAmazon Public Relations18,750Sustainable Development case studies
October 2005 to March 2006Weber Shandwick60,000Climate Change

All agencies provided specialist skills and services notcurrently available within Defra's Communications Directorate.

Details of public opinion research and public relations contracts broken down by nation and regional are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportional costs.

Pensioners (Insulation Costs)

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the number of pensioner householders in Wakefield District who are eligible for assistance with (a) central heating insulation costs and (b) home insulation costs. [38334]

Mr. Morley: Information on the exact number of pensioner households in Wakefield District eligible for assistance from the Warm Front Scheme is not available.
 
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The Warm Front Scheme Manager uses a range of tools to target activities to those who may qualify for assistance from the scheme and to raise awareness of the support available.

Poultry

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's poultry imports came from Thailand in 2004–05. [37634]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 15 December 2005]: Imports of poultry products from Thailand into the UK for the period 2003 to September 2005 are shown in the following table. The final row in the table shows that these represented 9.8 per cent. (by value) of total poultry imports into the UK for the period January to September 2005.

The importation of fresh poultry meat produced on or after 1 January 2004 and cooked poultry meat which has not been heat treated to at least 70°C was banned in January 2004. Poultry meat products which have been cooked to 70°C or more are not considered to be a risk.
2003
2004
January to September 2005
Tonnes 000£000Tonnes 000£000Tonnes 000£000
Total imports5671,0716221,153495854
Imports from Thailand468846864783
Proportion of imports from Thailand8.1%8)2%7.4%7.4%9.6%9.8%




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Note:
1.Data prepared by Trade statistics, Food Chain Analysis 3, DEFRA
2.2005 data is subject to amendments.
Source:
HM Revenue and Customs.




Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many poultry owners in Northamptonshire are registered with her Department; and what the flock size is of each registered poultry owner. [38097]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following spreadsheet provides all the information currently held by the State Veterinary Service.
Poultry keepers in Northamptonshire

County parish holding numberNumber of birds
29/001/0033Not known
29/001/0041Not known
29/003/009430
29/004/000816
29/007/005225
29/009/005031
29/010/0034Not known
29/011/0047Not known
29/011/005611
29/013/0002Not known
29/016/0052Not known
29/016/0060Not known
29/017/0036Not known
29/018/000324
29/021/00306
29/022/0006Not known
29/022/008314
29/022/0085Not known
29/024/0005Not known
29/028/00263,850
29/028/0030Not known
29/030/00701
29/030/0075Not known
29/031/0020Not known
29/033/0069Not known
29/034/00930
29/034/0106Not known
29/034/0106Not known
29/035/0066Not known
29/037/0023Not known
29/037/0092Not known
29/042/7000Not known
29/042/7002Not known
29/042/7005Not known
29/043/003530
29/043/0036Not known
29/043/00375
29/045/000740
29/045/001118
29/046/00139
29/046/00473
29/048/0035Not known
29/048/0038Not known
29/049/0004Not known
29/050/003827,500
29/050/0129Not known
29/051/005920
29/052/0036Not known
29/054/00618,200
29/054/006220
29/055/0008Not known
29/055/0035Not known
29/056/0035Not known
29/057/0009Not known
29/059/0085Not known
29/059/0088Not known
29/061/0026Not known
29/062/00087
29/062/00656,650
29/062/0074Not known
29/062/0079Not known
29/063/0023Not known
29/064/00143
29/064/00318
29/064/0033Not known
29/066/0032Not known
29/070/0055Not known
29/070/0058Not known
29/076/001330
29/077/0009Not known
29/077/0078Not known
29/077/9006Not known
29/081/001312
29/085/00415
29/087/00014
29/087/00056,450
29/087/00124
29/087/0049Not known
29/087/0050Not known
29/088/0174Not known
29/093/000612
29/094/0005Not known
29/097/0067Not known
29/101/0011Not known
29/108/0018Not known
29/109/0052Not known
29/109/005310
29/110/0049Not known
29/110/0063Not known
29/113/00378
29/113/0039Not known
29/116/003119
29/117/0036Not known
29/117/0036Not known
29/118/7000Not known
29/119/0018Not known
29/122/901412
29/128/006730
29/131/0030Not known
29/134/0043350
29/142/0021Not known
29/147/0039Not known
29/148/0069Not known
29/149/0018Not known
29/149/0086Not known
29/153/0001Not known
29/153/00722
29/154/00061,256
29/156/0015Not known
29/156/00522
29/156/005822
29/160/00120
29/162/0043Not known
29/165/9017Not known
29/170/004736
29/172/60003
29/173/004512
29/175/02360
29/175/0239Not known
29/175/024414
29/175/6001Not known
29/177/9004Not known
29/180/0013Not known
29/184/0001Not known
29/186/004419
29/187/00382,000
29/187/0063Not known
29/187/9001Not known
29/188/0011Not known
29/193/004416,000
29/193/0045Not known
29/197/0023Not known
29/202/0005Not known
29/204/0008Not known
29/205/001026
29/205/0018Not known
29/215/0002Not known
29/215/0003Not known
29/219/0051Not known
29/220/0054Not known
29/223/0030Not known
29/225/0011Not known
29/227/00023,200
29/229/0013Not known
29/231/011322
29/231/0114Not known
29/233/0049Not known
29/234/0011116
29/235/004014
29/238/013127
29/238/0153Not known
29/241/00357
29/242/0043Not known
29/243/0051Not known
29/243/7000Not known
29/247/001348
29/247/001519
29/249/004525
Unknown5,550
29/251/0033Not known
29/251/0051Not known
29/258/0066Not known
29/259/0040Not known
29/259/0040Not known
Unknown3,850
29/259/0045Not known
29/260/0007Not known
29/261/00217,350
29/263/0031Not known
29/263/004621
29/264/0013203,800
29/264/9004Not known
29/265/0067Not known
29/265/0081Not known
29/268/00107,850
29/268/0047Not known
29/270/00767
29/272/90024,600
29/274/0024Not known
29/274/0096Not known
29/274/0100Not known
29/274/0102Not known
29/274/0104Not known
29/274/01074
29/276/0001Not known
29/276/0050Not known
Unknown5,500
29/279/0021Not known
29/279/9000Not known
29/284/0030Not known
29/290/0020Not known
29/290/7000Not known
29/291/0043Not known
29/293/0190Not known
29/293/0192Not known
29/293/019521
29/293/7000Not known
29/293/8000Not known
29/293/9028Not known
Unknown1,690
29/296/0210Not known
29/297/0039Not known
29/299/0024Not known
29/299/9003Not known
29/302/0064Not known
29/307/0039Not known
29/308/600016,100
Unknown6

 
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