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However data on the stock level for all milling wheat are collected under the Defra monthly survey of wheat milled in the UK. This includes wheat milled to produce bread, biscuits, other food ingredients and starch, where production of flour for bread making was typically around 60 per cent. of the total flour produced. Assuming typical utilisation and production levels, it is estimated that UK millers have held approximately 1525 days supply and on average 20 days supply of all types of wheat for milling in the last four years. The wheat stocks include both UK and imported wheat grain.
Further significant stocks of UK produced and/or imported wheat which may be used for bread making will be held at other points in the supply chain such as on farm, by merchants, at ports or by co-ops. We do not have information on the volume or proportion of these wheat stocks that are of bread making quality.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 531W, on council tax, how many of the 1,765 appeals resulted in being moved (a) up and (b) down council tax bands. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) its contractors took photographs of any domestic properties for valuation purposes during the council tax revaluation in Wales. 
The Valuation Office Agency took external photographs of domestic properties, where required, for banding purposes and to assist the listing officers to arrive at fair and accurate valuations.
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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the items of departmental property worth over £100 that have been reported as (a) lost and (b) broken in the last 12 months. 
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available. 
Nick Ainger: The Wales Office is a small Department, and did not host any specific events to mark Hannukah or Yom Kippur. However, Wales Office staff come under the umbrella of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, and in line with their diversity policies, sympathetic consideration is given by managers to any requests for time off to mark religious festivals. Our staff are encouraged to participate in DCA's diversity networks, and we are currently represented on their Faith Forum. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Event, which was held in Cardiff.
Mr. Hain: These services are not devolved. However the National Offender Management Service works closely with the Welsh Assembly Government in respect of any activity that touches on devolved matters. Furthermore, under the Children Act 2004 the Assembly will be able, with the consent of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, to issue guidance to local probation boards and youth offending teams on co-operating with other public bodies in their area with a view to improving the well-being of children.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what role the Valuation Office Agency is
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playing in collating (a) value significant code and (b) dwellinghouse code data in Wales for council tax valuation purposes. 
Mr. Hain: The Valuation Office Agency has collected and recorded data on dwellings in paper form for a considerable time, initially for domestic rating and now for council tax. This data is currently being digitised to increase the overall cost efficiency of the Agency's operations and deliver further improvements in customer service for the taxpayer in Wales.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans the Valuation Office Agency has to introduce (a) computer-assisted mass appraisal and (b) the automated valuation model in Wales for council tax valuation purposes. 
Mr. Hain: The Valuation Office Agency is currently exploring the potential for the use of the automated valuation model to support work in connection with the maintenance of the current (2005) council tax lists in Wales. The objective would be to increase the overall cost efficiency of the Agency's operations and to deliver further improvements in customer service for the taxpayer in Wales. However, it would be for the Welsh Assembly Government to agree its implementation, scope and application.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of homes in Wales which will move up a further council tax band in April as the first stage of transitional relief is phased out, broken down by local authority. 
The transitional relief scheme announced by the Welsh Assembly Government remains in place and will ensure that no household will move up by more than one band in year one, two bands in year two, or three bands in year three of the scheme.
|Billing authority||Moved by more than 1 band|
|Isle of Anglesey||1,552|
|Neath Port Talbot||540|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||1,393|
|Vale of Glamorgan||3,030|
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