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Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the research contracts granted by her Department to research facilities in Wales in each of the last 20 years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: A full response to this question could be made only at disproportionate cost. DEFRA and its predecessor Departments have substantial research programmes. DEFRA currently spends around £160 million annually on research and at any one time has in the order of 1,500 ongoing projects with a large number of contractors.
However, DEFRA proactively publishes large amounts of data on its R and D projects through its website http://www2.defra.gov.uk/research/project_data/Default.asp This includes information on live" projects and those completed over recent years. It is also possible to access separate information on research contractors used through this site.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) correspondence and (b) meetings the Department has had with representatives from the Royal Netherlands embassy in connection with the outbreak of ring rot of potatoes in 2003 in Wales. 
Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 18 April 2006]: A list of correspondence between the Department and representatives from the Royal Netherlands embassy, inconnection with the outbreak of potato ring rot in Wales in 2003, is as follows. This includes some correspondence associated with subsequent outbreaks. There have been no meetings between the Department and the Royal Netherlands embassy to discuss this issue.
|Letter||1 April 2004||McIntosh/Thissen||Inviting contributions to the lessons learned review|
|14 May 2004||McIntosh/Thissen||Extension to lessons learned review|
|Letter||26 May 2004||Thissen/McIntosh||Response to lessons learned review|
|Letter||9 June 2004||McIntosh/Thissen||Providing draft copy of lessons learned report|
|Letter||18 June 2004||McIntosh/Thissen||With thanks for contributing to the lessons|
|27 August 2004||Thissen/McIntosh||Thanks for copy of draft lessons learned review|
|Letter||8 September 2004||Hunter/Thissen||State of affairs|
|Letter||13 September 2004||McIntosh/Thissen||Providing a copy of the final lessons learned review|
|12 October 2004||Thissen/McIntosh||State of affairs|
|6 December 2004||McIntosh/Thissen||State of affairs|
|5 January 2005||McIntosh/Thissen||State of affairs|
|17 January 2005||Rikken/McIntosh/Thissen||State of affairs|
|25 January 2005||Rikken/McIntosh/Thissen||State of affairs|
|Letter||2 February 2005||Van Opstal/Thissen/Hunter||New notification Regulations|
|26 April 2005||Rikken/McIntosh/Hunter||State of affairs|
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure farmers threatened with bankruptcy proceedings by British banks due to delays with Single Farm Payments are offered a guarantee from the Government to the bank up to the level of the sums owing together with interest; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 24 April 2006]: My noble Friend Lord Bach met the British Bankers' Association and other representatives of the major lending banks on 30 March to discuss the situation of farmers awaiting payment under the Single Payment Scheme. The banks re-emphasised on that occasion that
I am sure that farmers who have not yet received a payment will have joined the leaders of the NFU, CLA and TFA in welcoming the announcement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 19 April 2006, Official Report, column13WS, that partial payments will be made to them as soon as it is operationally possible to do so.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with Southern Water on the continuing leakage from the two reservoirs at Halfway on the Isle of Sheppey. 
However, I understand that the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) has been contacted about this issue. CCW advised those concerned to contact Southern Water directly, who has a duty to maintain reservoirs under their ownership. Southern Water responded directly to these individuals' concerns.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to raise awareness for waste disposal purposes of hidden batteries which are inbuilt in products. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Batteries that are inbuilt into products will have to be removed under the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. The directive requires the selective treatment of WEEE delivered to authorised treatment facilities, and one of the treatments specified is the removal of batteries. Defra has prepared draft WEEE permitting regulations and guidance. We will introduce the regulations before the introduction of the producer responsibility requirements of the DTI WEEE regulations. The DTI expects to consult on draft WEEE regulations later this spring.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons Herefordshire Council has not received funding from the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund was challenge based, and in each of the three bidding rounds applications were received from a large number of local authorities. Defra considered in full each application against set criteria agreed with an expert advisory panel, comprising key representatives from across the industry.
Support was given to the best local authority projects designed to either minimise the amount of household waste generated, or those that aimed to provide more new or improved facilities for re-use and recycling and composting.
The Government's Waste Implementation Programme (WIP) provides a range of support, analysis and assessment work to compliment the funding and help local authorities deliver the best waste minimisation and recycling services.
|Funding type||Start date||End date||Amount (£)|
|Waste Performance and|
|1 April 2005||31 March 2006||132,415|
|Household Incentives||1 April 2005||31 March 2006||61,800|
|Household Incentives||1 April 2005||31 March 2006||20,583|
In addition, in December 2005, Defra wrote to all local authorities regarding the Waste Performance and
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Efficiency Grant (WPEG). This is a 3-year targeted grant totalling £260 million over 3 years, which is replacing the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund from 2006.
Every English local authority with waste management responsibilities received a portion of the £40 million allocation in 200506. The allocations for the next two years were announced at the end of 2005.
Under this grant, Herefordshire Council is set to receive £348,944.18 in 200607 and £365,548.83 in 200708. Further information, and a full list of allocations to local authorities is available on the Defra website at the following address: http://www.defra.gov.uk/Environment/waste/localauth/funding/index.htm.
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