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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely impact of (a) home information packs and (b) the home condition report on improving energy efficiency. 
The home condition report within the pack will provide buyers and sellers with an assessment of the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of the home, as well as advice on measures that can be taken to improve these. This will enable buyers to consider energy efficiency in choosing their new home, and will give sellers and new owners reliable advice on how to make improvements. This and other information in the home condition report will raise awareness of energy efficiency and property condition and are expected to contribute to an overall improvement in housing stock and reduced carbon emissions.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) value was of each special grant awarded to City of York council for environmental purposes since 1997. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 20 June 2006]: As well as the annual funding allocation under Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services (EPCS) block of the revenue support grant, City of York council has received a number of additional grants from DEFRA to support improvements in local waste management, provide household incentives for recycling and develop kerbside recycling and composting. The following table shows the breakdown of the funds provided and projects supported.
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It will take some time for the Department to gather information on any further special grants which have been awarded to City of York council for environmental purposes since 1997. I will write to the hon. Member with any additional information.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the draft Marine Bill; and whether he plans to submit it for pre-legislative scrutiny; 
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to publish a draft Marine Bill; and whether he plans to submit it for pre-legislative scrutiny; 
Mr. Bradshaw: DEFRA published a consultation document on 29 March 2006 that outlined the Government's thinking in a number of key areas that will be addressed by a Marine Bill. The consultation period was three months. We will need to take the consultation responses into account before taking a decision on the timing of and arrangements for further consultation on detailed proposals or a draft Bill. Introduction of a Marine Bill will follow later in this Parliament, subject to the availability of Parliamentary time.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants his Department makes available to enable people to have access to (a) solar heating and (b) other forms of renewable microgeneration in residential properties. 
Ian Pearson: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has the lead responsibility for renewable energy and microgeneration. The DTI-funded Clear Skies Programme was replaced by its Low Carbon Buildings Programme on 1 April 2006, which will operate for three years. The programme is managed by the Energy Saving Trust and provides grants for solar heating and other microgeneration technologies alongside energy efficiency measures to householders, community organisations, the public sector and business.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of claimants are waiting to receive (a) their Single Farm Payment in full and (b) any Single Farm Payments; and what the total value of payments is which remain to be paid. 
Barry Gardiner: The following figures are calculated against a claimant population for the 2005 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) of 120,000 claims and are, consequently, likely to overstate the true position as the total number of claimants who will receive a payment will be somewhat lower. This is because account has to be taken of duplicate claims, consolidation of multiple claims into single business claims, voluntary withdrawals, claimants not activating entitlements and claims subject to 100 per cent. penalties.
At close of business on 27 June 2006, approximately 31,500 claimants have yet to receive their full payment. This represents 26 per cent. of an estimated 120,000 claims, approximately half of which have received a partial payment.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition of significant was used when setting the aim of significantly reducing the environmental costs of domestic food transportation by 2012 in the sustainable food strategy. 
to consider the practical implications associated with it securing significant reductions (say 20 per cent. by 2012) in the level of external costs associated with the domestic transportation of food.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the Waste and Resources Action Programme Real Nappy Initiative aimed to divert 35,000 tonnes of waste (a) in each year from 2003 to 2006 and (b) in total; 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Real Nappy initiative target was to convert an additional 155,000 households to real nappy use by April 2006, and in the process divert 35,000 tonnes per annum of disposable nappy waste from landfill.
WRAP reports annually on its overall progress in meeting targets, including work under the Real Nappy initiative. It is scheduled to report on its achievements for the business plan period up to 2006 soon. At the outset of the programme, 91 per cent. of expectant parents said they intended to use disposable nappies. Work done for the Environment Agency suggested the figure may be higher at 94 per cent. WRAP intends to survey parents again at the end of the programme and to establish the change in intended behaviour. An estimate of the diversion will be made and published by WRAP at that time taking account of the survey and other quantitative evidence.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls are in place to monitor waste intended for recycling to ensure that it is not re-routed to a landfill site. 
It is not in the interest of local authorities to send recyclable material to landfill because of the requirement to meet statutory recycling targets for household waste, tough landfill diversion targets for municipal waste, and the need to avoid the increasing cost of landfill.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will report on local authority pilot projects funded by his Department on waste minimisation incentives. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We have no current plans to introduce charging for household waste. The Government are considering what further steps are needed to tackle household waste as part of the review of the Waste Strategy, which will be published later this year. We are also looking at the spending pressures local authorities face, with regard to waste management, ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Variable charging is one of a number of tools that could be used to encourage waste minimisation and recycling of household waste. Local authorities already have powers to run incentive schemes or require householders to separate their waste for recycling. Recent research shows that at least half of English local authorities have run, or are running, some form of incentive scheme and some, such as Barnet, require householders to separate their recycling.
Many countries, including some in the European Union, have introduced successful household waste charging schemes, achieving reductions in waste arisings and increases in the separation of waste for recycling.
Mr. Bradshaw: DEFRA has no plans to introduce a national compulsory recycling scheme. It is up to each local authority to decide how to go about meeting the challenging recycling targets in their local area.
Compulsory recycling will not be suitable for all local authorities, but DEFRA will watch those that try such schemes with interest. As part of the review of the Waste Strategy, we are continuing to investigate options for influencing householder behaviour, with particular emphasis on positive incentives to help authorities encourage householders to reduce, re-use and recycle their waste.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases have been migrated from the old rules system onto the new rules system and then back onto the old rules system. 
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