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Pheasant Shooting

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department collects information on the number of farms that have started pheasant shoots as part of their business since 2000. [44207]

Jim Knight: The Department does not have any information on the number of farms that have started pheasant shoots as part of their business since 2000.

The most recent information collected on shooting was on the 2003 June agricultural and horticultural census. The results show that an estimated 2,150 farms in England are engaging in shooting as a commercial activity. This figure includes the shooting of all game species and also includes non-game shooting, for example, clay pigeon shooting.
 
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Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many grants her Department has made for pheasant rearing as part of farm diversification in each year since 2000. [44214]

Jim Knight: Since 2000, DEFRA has funded the following relevant projects as part of the support available for farm diversification:

ERDP (England rural development plan) schemes do not target specific sectors of the food industry, including people involved with pheasant rearing. It is up to individual applicants to come up with projects that meet the criteria of ERDP schemes. ERDP schemes are also competitive, and there is no guarantee that an entirely eligible application will receive funding.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department collects statistics on the number of pheasants reared for shooting each year. [44216]

Jim Knight: The Department does not collect statistics on the number of pheasants reared for shooting. However, research carried out for the Department in summer 2005 estimates that the number of pheasants reared for shooting in Great Britain each year is in the region of 20 to 30 million birds.

School Milk

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the way the school milk subsidy scheme is administered; and if she will make a statement. [43875]

Jim Knight: The Rural Payments Agency must administer the school milk subsidy scheme in accordance with regulatory, accreditation and audit requirements set by the EU. These rules allow little scope for changing current practice.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities participate in the school milk subsidy scheme. [43876]

Jim Knight: The following local authorities currently participate in the school milk subsidy scheme in England.


 
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