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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the roman snail (helix pomatia) was not added to Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act Review in 2002. 
Jim Knight: Every five years the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) advises Government about the animals and plants that need legally protected through inclusion on schedule 5 (animals) or schedule 8 (plants) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The Committee's current review is considering the inclusion of the roman snail (helix pomatia) on schedule 5. No decision has been made to date as the review is still ongoing.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to ensure that local authorities who discharge their responsibilities under the School Milk Subsidy scheme via contractors meet their legal obligation to ensure that free school milk is available to those children who qualify. 
There is no statutory requirement for milk to be provided in local authority maintained schools. It is a matter for local authorities and schools to decide. However, where a local authority provides milk, education legislation requires them to provide it free to pupils whose parents are in receipt of the following: income support; income based job seeker's allowance; support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; child tax credit, provided that they are not entitled to working tax credit, and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that from 6 April 2005 does not exceed £13,910; or the guarantee element of state pension credit. In addition, children who receive income support or income based jobseeker's allowance in their own right are entitled to free school milk where it is provided.
It is this Department's view that where a local authority engages a contractor to supply milk to the schools in their area, the contractor is deemed to be acting on behalf of the local authority. In these cases the local authority would remain responsible for providing free milk to eligible pupils. The Department will investigate any complaints related to a failure to carry out duties imposed by education legislation. Ultimately, the Secretary of State may direct a local authority to carry out their duty in relation to free milk provision where they are failing to do so.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to tackle the importation into the UK of illegal timber from (a) Indonesia, (b) China, (c) Brazil and (d) other timber exporting countries; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: The most important recent development is the adoption, in December 2005 under the UK presidency of the EU, of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation. This will allow the EU to enter into Partnership Agreements with developing countries and provide them with assistance to tackle illegal logging. This assistance will include a licensing system designed to identify products and license them for export to the EU. It will be reinforced by powers for HM Customs to take a range of actions relating to unlicensed products from partner countries; this will allow member states to prohibit the import of illegal timber from those countries into the EU for the first time.
The first Partnership Agreements will be signed in 2006. The Department for International Development (DfID) has recently announced that it will be setting aside 24 million over the next five years for this FLEGT negotiation process and for tackling illegal logging more generally.
The Eighth EU-China summit, held in Beijing on 5 September 2005, agreed that the EU and China would work together to tackle the problem of illegal logging in the Asian region. The Government are working to take this forward.
The UK has contributed £14 million to the multi-donor pilot programme for the Preservation of Brazilian Rain Forests and is a major contributor to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which is creating and maintaining protected areas in the region through the Amazon Region Protected Areas Programme.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of imported timber which comes from illegal sources; and what steps she is taking to prevent such imports. 
Mr. Morley: The UK is the world's fourth largest importer of wood products. However, we are unable to estimate how much illegally logged timber is coming into the UK as timber is not identified as legal or illegal at ports of entry.
Once the recently adopted EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation comes into force it will enable member states to enter into partnership agreements with developing countries and provide them with assistance to tackle illegal logging. This assistance will include a licensing system designed to identify products and license them for export to the EU. It will be reinforced by powers for HM Customs to take a range of actions relating to unlicensed products from partner countries; this will allow member states to prohibit the import of illegal timber from those countries into the EU for the first time.
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Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was collected by each London borough in the most recent period for which information is available; and how much was (a) recycled, (b) sent to UK landfill sites, (c) incinerated and (d) sent overseas for landfill by each borough in that period. 
The latest available information is from the Defra and GLA joint Municipal Waste Management Survey 200304. Figures provided in table below show total municipal waste tonnages collected by all London boroughs and by disposal methods by all
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London authorities with disposal responsibilities. Amounts collected for recycling and composting by collection authorities have been included. The collection authority recycling and composting tonnages exclude waste collected centrally at civic amenity sites by the four London joint waste disposal authorities. The four London joint waste disposal authorities include both civic amenity recycling and composting as well as recycling and composting undertaken by their constituent collection authorities.
|Unitary authorities||Total waste collected||Recycled and composted||Landfill||Incinerated|
|Total waste collected||(a) Recycled and composed||(b) Landfill||(c) Incinerated|
|East London Waste Authority||(2)||37,707||435,820||36,218|
|Barking and Dagenham||81,381||3,553||(2)||(2)|
|North London Waste Authority||(2)||104,324||453,313||393,681|
|West London Waste Authority||(2)||115,429||727,867||487|
|Richmond upon Thames||107,295||21,204||(2)||(2)|
|Western Riverside Waste Authority||(2)||53,129||435,507||906|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||90,375||9,595||(2)||(2)|
|Kensington and Chelsea||90,820||10,958||(2)||(2)|
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sanctions will be applied to packaging producers and compliance schemes that did not discharge their recycling responsibilities appropriately in 2004. 
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of street litter, exclusive of that which is collected from public litter bins, was collected by each local authority in each year since 1997. 
Waste collection authorities under Schedule 2 of the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 will include such services as street sweeping, bulky waste
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collection, hazardous household waste collection, litter collections, household clinical waste collection and separate garden waste collection (not for composting). These type of wastes have been annually recorded in the Defra Municipal Waste Management Survey under the category Other collected household waste". Authorities are not required to record street litter separately. Therefore the information requested is not held by the Department.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of Hammersmith and Fulham Council's response to her Department's consultation on new waste regulations which place a duty of care on householders for their household waste. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Government consulted on household duty of care in their 'Living Places: Powers, Rights, Responsibilities' consultation in 2002. The Government considered responses to the consultation from the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, as well as other stakeholders. It took on board comments that a full waste duty of care requirement would be too onerous on householders, and difficult for local authorities to enforce. Instead, a partial waste duty of care was brought in by the Waste (Household Waste Duty of Care) (England & Wales) Regulations 2005.
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