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Snares

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the National Farmers' Union on the use of snares. [46434]

Jim Knight: We have had discussions on this issue with a number of key stakeholders, including the National Farmers' Union, in connection with the current consultation on Controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in high incidence areas in England: badger culling".

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 24 January 2006, Official Report, column 1960W.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned into the use of snares over the last three years. [47862]

Jim Knight [holding answer 6 February 2006]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 24 January 2006, Official Report, column 1960W, which explained Defra's current testing or research into snares for
 
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catching wildlife and the possibility of future work in this area. No additional research has been undertaken in the last three years.

Special Protection Area Status

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under which EU directive or regulations special protection area status was introduced; and whether the Government published a regulatory impact assessment in relation to its incorporation into UK law. [49813]

Jim Knight: Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites classified in accordance with Article 4 of the EC Directive on the conservation of wild birds (79/409/EEC), also known as the Birds Directive, which came into force in April 1979. The provisions of the Birds Directive were initially transposed into domestic legislation by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as a mended). No regulatory Impact Assessment was undertaken at that time.

Stewardship Schemes

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have applied, and been accepted, for (a) Entry Level Stewardship and (b) Higher Level Stewardship. [49377]

Jim Knight: As of 1 February 2006 the following applications have been received and accepted:

Tyres

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the number of tyres which became redundant in the last year for which an estimate is available; and what estimate she has made of the proportion of tyres which were disposed of by each disposal route used; [46019]

(2) if she will make a statement on the use of landfills for redundant tyre disposal; and what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) alternative disposal routes exist and (b) these routes will be able to deal with the anticipated annual flow of redundant tyres. [46023]

Mr. Bradshaw: The latest available figures for used tyres are for 2003, based on information supplied to the Used Tyre Working Group (UTWG).
Tonnes
Used tyre arisings444,000
Re-use105,000
Materials recovery160,000
Energy recovery78,000
Engineering uses15,000
Exports13,000
Landfill85,000







 
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Data for 2004 should be available shortly. They are likely to show growth on overall recovery to over 400,000 tonnes per year, led by increases on the engineering and materials recovery sectors.

A survey was recently completed for DTI to determine the quantity of tyres accepted into landfill in the UK during 2004 and the first 6 months of 2005. The survey sought information on whether tyres were being disposed or used for engineering purposes and whether in whole or shredded form. Tyres are also disposed to landfill as part of automotive shredder residue from end of life vehicles. I will place a copy of the survey in the Library of the House.

There are many ways of putting used tyres to good use, although broadly all of these can be defined as either reuse, recycling or recovery. WRAP (the waste and resources action programme) was established in 2001 in response to the Government's Waste Strategy 2000 to promote sustainable waste management. Its mission is to accelerate resource efficiency by creating efficient market for recycled materials and products. In 2005, WRAP began developing a discrete used tyres programme and is currently working on a series of projects and trials investigating the properties and potential applications of new products made from used tyre rubber. Further information about WRAP, and its tyres programme, can be found on www.wrap.org.uk.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Aircraft Fuel (Taxation)

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with HM Treasury on the impact of a green tax on aircraft fuel on tourism. [49363]

James Purnell: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not discussed this with Treasury Ministers. However, my officials, who are part of the cross Whitehall sustainable tourism group, have discussed this issue with their counterparts in HM Treasury and in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with a view to ensuring that the interests of the tourism sector are fully represented. And my Department contributes to the development of the Government's policies on sustainability and environmental issues, with that aim in mind.

Airport Expansion

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has made to (a) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) planning inquiries on the expansion of capacity at (i) Heathrow, (ii) Gatwick and (iii) Stansted airports on behalf of the tourism industry. [49315]

James Purnell: My Department has made no interventions in these specific planning inquiries. However, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport works with the Department for Transport on transport issues affecting the tourism industry. The vital importance of tourism to the UK economy is reflected in the Government's White Paper on the Future of Air Transport.
 
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BBC

Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment will be made of market impact in the approval process for new BBC public services; and what role will be played by Ofcom in the assessment process. [47784]

Tessa Jowell: In the Green Paper on BBC Charter Review, we proposed that any new service or significant change to an existing service should require a public value test. Part of the test should be a market impact assessment, to be conducted according to a formula agreed by Ofcom and the BBC Trust and to be carried out by Ofcom in the case of new services. Our conclusions in this area, following the Green Paper consultation, will be set out in the forthcoming White Paper.

British Grand Prix (Policing)

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received requesting financial support for policing at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. [49176]

Mr. Caborn: I have received a number of representations from the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) requesting financial support for policing at the British Grand Prix (BGP) at Silverstone. While there are ongoing discussions between the BRDC, Home Office, Northamptonshire police force and other interested parties about the level of charging, the Government has made clear that it will not provide funding for future police costs incurred as part of the BGP.

Casinos

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what date she has set for the panel's report on the locations for regional, large and small casinos under the Gambling Act 2005 to be submitted to her Department. [49370]

Mr. Caborn: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has asked the Casino Advisory Panel to make its recommendations to her by 31 December 2006.

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from local authorities on the number and location of regional casinos under the pilot scheme. [49371]

Mr. Caborn: We have received a number of letters from local authorities and others in support of an increase in the number of regional casinos permitted by the Gambling Act 2005.

Despite these representations, we do not believe the case has yet been made for an increase, and we are therefore proceeding with implementation on the basis of the one regional casino specified in the Act.

We have established an independent panel to advise the Government on the areas where the 17 new casinos permitted by the Act should be located. Any representations relating to the location of the new casinos will be for the casino advisory panel to consider in developing its recommendations to Ministers.
 
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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the value of the (a) casino and (b) gambling industry to the economy in each year since 1997 in (i) Leicester and (ii) England. [49740]

Mr. Caborn: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces an annual estimate of household expenditure on gambling in the UK. The estimated expenditure (stakes less prizes) excluding the national lottery is included in the table. The ONS also makes an annual estimate of employment in the gambling industry through its Annual Business Inquiry, and this information is also provided.

No separate figures are available for the casino industry. However, the Gambling Commission (formerly the Gaming Board for Great Britain) publish annual figures for the house win in casinos in Great Britain, which is included in the table.

No separate data are available for Leicester or England.
Years
ended
March
UK gambling expenditure (excluding the national lottery) (£ million)Gambling and betting: average employment through the year(23)Casinos: house win(24) (£ million)
19974371n/a471
1998435076.000486
1999443277.000464
2000430488.000546
2001451190.000533
2002506190,000619
2003566090,000669
20046743a96.000674
20056754b—715



Notes:
a Provisional.
b Not yet available.
Sources:
(23) ONS: Annual Business Inquiry.
(24) Gaming Board/Gambling Commission Annual Reports.

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the procedures are for increasing the number of regional casinos in the pilot scheme under the Gambling Act 2005. [50099]

Mr. Caborn: Sections 175(1)-(3) of the Gambling Act 2005 specify the maximum number of casino premises licences that may have effect in respect of regional, large and small casinos—currently 1, 8 and 8 respectively. Section 175(8)(a) provides that the Secretary of State may by order amend any of subsections (1), (2) or (3) so as to substitute a new maximum number of casino premises licences. Any order would be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure, requiring the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

We have no plans to bring forward such an order at this stage.

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under what provisions a casino licence issued under the Gaming Act 1968 may be reinstated after a temporary cessation of trading for unforeseen reasons by the holder. [50100]

Mr. Caborn: A casino licence issued under the Gaming Act 1968 would not lapse automatically if the license holder was temporarily prevented from trading for unforeseen reasons.
 
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Subject to the normal annual renewal process, the licence could be retained. Under the 1968 Act, if the holder of a casino licence was faced with circumstances which meant they had to move or substantially alter their premises, they would be required to apply for a new certificate of consent and casino licence.

Once the Gambling Act 2005 is formally implemented, casinos that had been licensed under the 1968 Act, and which are subsequently licensed under the 2005 Act, will continue to be able to apply to transfer their business to new premises, so long as it is within the area of their licensing authority. Casinos will have a general right to apply for such a move, and would not be limited to circumstances where a move is essential.


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