Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many byways claims have been made by (a) the Trail Riders Federation, (b) motorway groups and (c) the Land Access and Recreation Association since December 2003. 
Jim Knight: We do not have the particular data that you specify. This information is held by local highway authorities and could be gathered only at a disproportionate cost. I will write to you with information on the number of applications for byways open to all traffic.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what coastal defence work (a) has recently been, (b) is being and (c) is planned to be undertaken as a result of the proximity of nuclear power plants. 
At Dungeness, Kent, a beach feeding programme is routinely undertaken to protect the foreshore and is likely to be maintained until at least 2018 (when generation at Dungeness B is expected to end). Long-term management options for the area adjacent to the power stations is under consideration.
At Hartlepool, a proposal to extend a marine recycling facility navigation channel may require that the coastal defences of the power station be reinforced. Discussions with the developer are under way.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the competitive position of the dairy processing industry in each EU member state. 
My noble Friend, the Lord Bach, announced in September 2005 that the Dairy Supply Chain Forum would fund a study benchmarking the technical efficiency of our farmers and of our processing plants against a number of their EU and international counterparts. The work is due to start shortly.
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Jim Knight: DEFRA came into being in June 2001. From information held centrally, the total value of expenditure by core-DEFRA on catering contracts in financial year 200405 was £281,413; on hospitality was £370,544; and on conference facilities was £1,105,762. The expenditure figures for catering contracts, hospitality and conference facilities for the first six months of financial year 200506 are £494,864, £208,394 and £354,162 respectively. The specific costs of working breakfasts or lunches, official entertainment and refreshments at meetings or conferences could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with the principles set out in Government Accounting.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what training her Department has provided for (a) front desk and (b) administrative staff in relation to identity fraud. 
Jim Knight: Guidance on identity verification is available to staff via our intranet. The Department carries out identity checks on all recruits including casuals, consultants and agency temps and also on contractors working in our London buildings. Training is given to staff carrying out these identity checks.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposed withdrawal of the subsidy for the provision of milk in nursery and primary schools. 
Jim Knight: The evaluation of the national top-up to the EU school milk subsidy scheme in England was published on 4 January 2006. The report contained a number of recommendations which included ending the top-up and spending the £1.5 million released as a result on other programmes to promote milk consumption by young people. The Government have, however, decided that the subsidy scheme has a valuable role to play and should remain unchanged.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions (a) she has had and (b) officials within her Department have had with (i) representatives from Milk for Schools, (ii) local education authorities, (iii) headteachers and (iv) Dairy UK about the proposed withdrawal of subsidy for the provision of milk in nursery and primary schools. 
Jim Knight: Ministers and officials from the Department and its agencies are in regular contact with stakeholders in the dairy sector, and other interested parties, on a range of issues. We have no plans to change the school milk subsidy scheme.
Jim Knight: An evaluation of the national top-up to the EU school milk subsidy scheme in England was published on 4 January. The report contained a number of recommendations which included ending the top-up and spending the £1.5 million released as a result on other programmes to promote milk consumption by young people. The Government have, however, decided that the subsidy scheme has a valuable role to play and should remain unchanged.
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