13. Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on improving the energy efficiency of households; and if she will make a statement. 
14. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the oral answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of 9 March 2006, Official Report, column 941, on single farm payments, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary became aware that it would not be possible to make the bulk of payments by the end of March. 
Margaret Beckett: I and fellow Ministers were made aware of this on 14 March, which as the hon. Member will be aware led to the removal of the RPA Chief Executive on the 16 March and the appointment of Mark Addison as Acting Chief Executive.
Margaret Beckett: The Government published the 2006 climate change programme on 28 March. The policies and measures in the programme are expected to reduce UK carbon dioxide emissions by 15 to 18 per cent. by 2010 compared with 1990 levels.
A new climate change programme was published on 28 March. It will advance progress to tackle climate change domestically and to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
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Mr. Morley: Following the floods in 2000, the Environment Agency has completed a flood risk management strategy for the Sussex Ouse and £1.8 million has been spent on reducing flood risk in the Mailing area of Lewes. The Environment Agency Regional Flood Defence Committee is planning further works between the Phoenix Causeway and Cliffe Bridge and in the Cliffe cell.
The Environment Agency is currently developing a major flood risk management strategyThames Estuary 2100to look at how we can manage flood risk to London over the next 100 years, taking into account future predicted impacts of climate change.
Mr. Morley: We have established the new Water Saving Group with key water stakeholders, which has agreed and is making progress on a comprehensive action plan; we are going to consult in summer on regulatory changes to secure improved water efficiency in new housing; and all stakeholders are seeking to educate customers to act responsibly in the use of water.
Mr. Morley: We announced on 28 March that we will consult on proposals to mandate minimum standards of water efficiency in new housing, which will include new housing development in the four growth areas.
22. Mr. Mackay: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the performance of local councils in meeting their recycling and waste targets. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Levels of recycling by local authorities have improved dramatically from the appalling record under the previous Conservative Government. In 1997 only 8 per cent. of household waste was recycled. This year we expect local authorities will achieve the target we set them of 25 per cent.a more than trebling of recycling since Labour come to power.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many licensed CFC recovery sites are still operational in the UK; and how many of these achieve greater than 300g of CFC recovery per domestic refrigerator or freezer; 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 18 April 2006]: A number of facilities hold Waste Management Licences for the treatment of waste refrigerators. Not all licensed facilities are operational. Typically, there are a dozen specialist facilities recovering CFCs from domestic refrigerators. Some facilities also treat panels from commercial refrigeration equipment.
Operators of fridge treatment plants are not required to report CFC recovery on a grammes per fridge basis. CFC recovery data for 2005 is currently being assessed and collated and will be available to report to the European Commission by the reporting deadline of 30 June this year.
A detailed audit of fridge treatment facilities in 2004 concluded that the quantity of controlled substances recovered from the refrigerant and blowing agent equated to approximately 236g per fridge/freezer treated in England and Wales during 2003.
Mr. Morley [holding answer 18 April 2006]: Recovery of CFCs/HCFCs (chlorofluorocarbons/hydrochlorofluorocarbons) in the UK in 2004 (the last year for which figures are available) represented some 25 per cent. of the total CFC/HCFCs estimated to have been recovered in the EU. The UK figure also includes CFC/HCFCs recovered from imported waste refrigerators from elsewhere in the EU.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many tonnes of the CFCs recovered by the UK's licensed
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facilities have been (a) destroyed and (b) processed to render them harmless to the environment in each year since 2002; 
The requirement to recover CFCs and other ozone depleting substances from domestic refrigerators did not come into force until 2002. Recovery levels were not reported or collated for any previous year. CFC recovery data for 2005 is currently being assessed and collated. This will be available in time to meet the European Commission's reporting deadline of 30 June.
It is not possible to know in advance the levels of CFC recovery from domestic or commercial refrigeration equipment in 2006. The amount available for recovery will be influenced by the number of fridges and freezers presented for treatment, the proportion that contained CFCs when manufactured, and the proportion of CFCs lost in use, storage or transit. Recovery figures for 2006 will be reported during 2007.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department has issued on the recovery of controlled substances in refrigerators and freezers; what assessment she has made of the impact of the guidance on CFC recovery rates in the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: The Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency "Guidance on the Recovery and Disposal of Controlled Substances Contained in Refrigerators and Freezers" was published in 2002. The Agencies intend to review this guidance when the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive is implemented.
The publication of guidance is only one factor which may influence the amount of CFCs recovered in the UK. Other major factors include the number of fridges and freezers presented for treatment, the proportion that contained CFCs when manufactured, and the proportion of CFCs that are lost in use, storage or transit.
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