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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on plans for further reform of the common agricultural policy; and when the single payment scheme will be implemented. 
EU Heads of State and Government agreed in December a proposal from the UK presidency for the Union's budget over 200713, including the common agricultural policy (CAP). That proposal included a provision allowing member states to voluntarily transfer up to 20 per cent. of their funding for CAP market support and direct payments to rural development. The Government have always supported moving funds in this direction, and will continue to do so. The agreement in December also contained a commitment to review all EU expenditure, including the CAP, in 200809. A debate has already begun ahead of
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that review. On 2 December, the Government made its first contribution to the debate, with the publication of a paper setting out the UK's vision for reform of the CAP. The Government are in ongoing discussions with other member states and other stakeholders about their views on that vision, and their own ideas for the future of the CAP.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters of 31 October, 16 November and 28 November 2005 from the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell on the Draft Magnox Decision Document. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 17 January 2006]: I apologise for the delay in replying to the hon. Member's letters of 31 October 2005 and 16 November 2005. A response will be sent shortly. This Department has no record of receiving your letter of 28 November 2005. If you would like to forward a copy, I shall arrange for a swift response.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many disciplinary actions against civil servants employed in her Department (a) were commenced and (b) resulted in a sanction being applied in each of the last five years. 
|Number of cases||Sanctions applied|
|2002||26||21 (plus three who resigned during the process)|
|2003||12||Four (plus one who resigned during the process)|
|2005||13||Eight (plus two who resigned during the process and two cases are ongoing)|
The Civil Service Management Code sets out the requirements for Departments to have procedures in place to deal with conduct and disciplinary issues. The Defra procedures are laid down in the staff handbook which is accessed on the departmental intranet.
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Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the draft UK National Allocation Plan for Phase 2 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will set a target higher than that for phase 1. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 19 January 2006]: Phase 2 of the EU ETS coincides with the first Kyoto protocol commitment period (2008 to 2012), and national allocation plans for the second trading period will have a significant part to play in ensuring that the EU meets its targets under the protocol.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date she expects to publish the draft National Allocation Plan for Phase 2 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 19 January 2006]: The Commission has recently published further guidance on the preparation of national allocation plans (NAPs) and member states' approaches to the second phase. We are assessing the impact of the guidance on the development of policy options and on the overall phase 2 timetable, but intend to publish a draft policy NAP this spring.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many endangered species of plant and animal there are in the UK; and how much was directed at preventing them from extinction in each year since 2000. 
Jim Knight: Based on World Conservation Union criteria, published UK Red Data Books and domestic species reviews there are currently 2,661 endangered species of plants and animals in the UK. Although annual data is not available, I can confirm that approximately £692 million has been spent, since 2000, to help prevent the extinction of these species in the UK.
Government spending on research into environmental matters comes from a range of sources. The Department's research budget is allocated to specific Directorate Generals, and within each budget there will be specific projects addressing questions about the environment. The allocated research spend for 200506 for the Department, by Directorate General, is as follows:
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|Science Economics and Statistics||9,659|
|Natural Resources and Rural Affairs||8,306|
|Sustainable Food, Farming and Fisheries||44,258|
|Animal Health and Welfare||38,831|
In addition, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is responsible for supporting basic, strategic and applied environmental research and related postgraduate training in the UK. The Department for Trade and Industry has allocated some £371 million to NERC for expenditure in 200506.
Finally, the Department for Trade and Industry also contributes funding directly to research with environmental objectives. Over the three years 200405 to 200607 £370 million is available for Collaborative Research and Development through the Department for Trade and Industry Technology Programme. Of this, £50 millionderived from the Department's BREW (Business Resource Efficiency and Waste) programmeis explicitly focused on resource efficiency and waste technologies.
In the 200506 period, DTI has committed £30 million to projects which will cover clean production, waste minimisation, design and manufacture of sustainable products and contaminated land assessment and remediation, and has also allocated £20 million to low carbon energy technologies.
DTI also provided funding for Grants for Research andDevelopment, delivered through the Regional Development Agencies in the period 200506, which includes enabling environmental industries to successfully investigate environmental technologies, although it is not currently possible to separate out this expenditure.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the Government's domestic carbon dioxide target she expects to be met as a result of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and what methodology will be used to calculate the scheme's effects. 
Mr. Morley: The Government are currently considering the total level of allowances (the cap) for the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the proportion that the scheme should contribute to the UK's 2010 carbon dioxide goal. An announcement will be made in due course.
The overall effect of the scheme may be determined by the level of effort (emissions reductions) asked of the trading sector, which is the difference between the cap and business as usual emissions projections.
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