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Bovine TB

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual Government expenditure on the development of a vaccine against bovine tuberculosis in (a) cattle and (b) badgers has been since 1998. [46730]


 
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Mr. Bradshaw: From 1998–99 to 2004–05, and including the forecast for the year 2005–06, Defra has spent £3.5 million on research into a vaccine against bovine tuberculosis for badgers, and £3.8 million on research into finding a vaccine for cattle.

In parallel with this, Defra has been researching diagnostic tests for badgers and cattle. From 1998–99 to 2004–05, and including the forecast for the year 2005–06, Defra has spent £1.1 million on badger test development, and £2.3 million on cattle test development.

The Government continues to pursue the development of vaccines for cattle and badgers. On 9 June 2005, we announced details of work on natural transmission studies in cattle and a field study to obtain licensing data for injectable BCG in badgers, to start in 2006.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of parishes where badgers removed during the Krebs trial were found to be free of bovine tuberculosis. [45840]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 26 January 2006]: The results of the randomised badger culling trials are still being collected and analysed by the Independent Scientific Group, which is responsible for them. The information requested has not yet been made available by the ISG.

Climate Change

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to ensure the travel undertaken by the Young Climate Change Champions is carbon-neutral. [47580]

Mr. Morley: Under the Climate Change Champions youth competition we are looking to avoid and minimise carbon-intensive travel for all Defra facilitated journey's as far as possible. As part of this we will, for example, ensure that the nine chosen Champions, guardians and Government officials travel by surface transport, predominantly by train, on the fact finding tour to Switzerland. We will also be looking to offset any unavoidable emissions incurred as a result of the competition.

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has allocated to the 'Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge' programme. [47581]

Mr. Morley: Defra has committed £12 million to the 'Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge' climate change communications initiative to March 2008.

Coastal and Marine Resources Atlas

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of maintaining the online Coastal and Marine Resources Atlas in each of the last three years. [46856]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 30 January 2006]: Prior to its launch this week, the Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas was a research project. The Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas was produced collaboratively by the following organisations:
 
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The direct cost of development since September 2003 was £211,000. Defra contributed £71,000 towards these cost. The breakdown by year are:
£
Overall costsDefra contribution
2003–0412,60010,000
2004–05135,60035,000
2005–0662,80026,000

The costs of maintaining the system will be significantly less.

Countryside and Rights of Way Act

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider extending the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 legislation to riverside areas. [45666]

Jim Knight: The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 already includes rights of access on foot for open-air recreation for some riverside areas, which have been mapped as open country and registered common land. We have no plans to extend this at present.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many live agreements there were under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme within two miles of (a) an urban area and (b) the coast (i) in the agreement year 2004 and (ii) from the scheme's inception to November 2005; [46970]

(2) how many hectares were in live agreements under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme within two miles of (a) an urban area and (b) the coast (i) in the agreement year 2004 and (ii) from the scheme's inception to November 2005; [46971]

(3) how much funding was provided under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme for (a) live agreements and (b) live agreements providing public access (i) within two miles of an urban area and (ii) within two miles of the coast (A) in the agreement year 2004 and (B) from the scheme's inception to November 2005. [46973]

Jim Knight: This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
 
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Departmental Assets

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the items valued at over £100 that have been reported as stolen from buildings occupied by her Department in the past 12 months. [43433]

Jim Knight: I following table shows thefts of items valued at over £100 from core DEFRA buildings from 1 January to 31 December 2005.
DescriptionValue (£)
Fujitsu Laptop computer600
Kodak digital camera200
Fuji digital camera400
Nokia mobile phone300
2 x Dell laptops and accessories2,000
Dell PDA; Nokia mobile phone305
Sony Discman100
Toshiba laptop computer650
Dell flat screen monitor100
Dell flat screen monitor100
Dell laptop and docking station1,050

Departmental Energy Use

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much energy was consumed by her Department in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on energy in each year. [45507]

Jim Knight: Defra was created in June 2001. The following information relates to the four years since then.
2001–022002–032003–042004–05
Energy consumed KWh (Thousand)155,195143,957141,421134,585
Energy consumed (weather corrected) KWh (Thousand)164,586150,381148,169142,671
Cost of energy (£000)3,9524,1553,9844,407

Departmental Equipment

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) laptops and (b) mobile phones her Department bought in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each category of equipment was in each year. [41268]

Jim Knight: DEFRA came into being in June 2001. From information held centrally the cost of each category of equipment in core-DEFRA since 2001 is:
£
Mobile phonesLaptops
2001–0293,2721,083,488
2002–0325,721817,008
2003–0428,761897,982
2004–0570,685165,111

As at 12 January 2006, core-DEFRA had 2,030 mobile phones. Information for the previous financial years is not held centrally and mobile phone numbers
 
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for those years could only be provided at disproportionate cost. For the financial years 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05 (end April 04-end September 04) the numbers of laptops were 789, 966, 880 and 163 respectively. On 1 October 2004, DEFRA owned 1,575 laptops which were transferred to IBM's ownership under the e-D contract between IBM and the Department. Since this date, and to 12 January 2006, DEFRA has requested a further 926 laptops from IBM. Under the e-D contract DEFRA does not purchase laptops but pays a service charge for each item.


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