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Both reports are available on the Defra website at: and

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will undertake a review to evaluate the effectiveness of the pre-movement testing for bovine tuberculosis. [98729]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 1 November 2006]: Monitoring the effectiveness of pre-movement testing is ongoing. Key statistics are updated monthly and published on the DEFRA website at:

Chemical Sprays

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to protect (a) people and (b) the environment from agricultural chemical spray drift. [97848]

Ian Pearson: The approvals process for pesticides assesses the risk posed to people and the environment from pesticide spray drift. If the risk assessment is not satisfactory then that pesticide use would not be approved.

This rigorous risk assessment process is backed up by a code of practice for using plant protection products (pesticides) which includes a range of practical measures to avoid spray drift. These include using the right spraying techniques and equipment and taking account of weather conditions.

The code emphasises the need to protect members of the public, wildlife and the wider environment. It is the pesticide users’ responsibility to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent spray drift. It is a legal requirement that pesticides must only be applied to the land, crop, structure or other area being treated.


Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what outstanding uses there are for chlorofluorocarbon gas in the UK under the terms of the Montreal protocol. [98678]

Ian Pearson: Under the Montreal Protocol, and EC Regulation 2037/2000 on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the production and consumption of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) is banned, except for essential uses in pharmaceutical metered dose inhalers agreed by Parties to the Protocol. Under the EC Regulation, there are exceptions for some military uses and some laboratory uses. As alternatives continue to become available, and military conversion programmes are completed, the need for CFCs in these applications will reduce.

Climate Change

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his oral statement of 12 October 2006, Official Report,
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column 485, on climate change, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the film “An Inconvenient Truth” has raised awareness of climate change. [97507]

Ian Pearson: Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” was released in the UK on 15 September 2006. According to the distributors, United International Pictures, the film has been seen by 125,000 people. By the time the film is released worldwide, the global audience will be around 5 million.

The film will be released as a DVD on 21 November 2006, with a potential worldwide audience of 10-20 million.

On July 27, the Secretary of State hosted an advanced viewing event of “An Inconvenient Truth” at Bafta in London. The 190 attendees included journalists, students, representatives from various local authorities, large membership organisations, representatives from the voluntary and community sectors, environmental groups and key individuals from executive agencies and funded bodies. Feedback suggested the film is likely to be highly effective in inspiring those who watch it to do more to tackle climate change.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's climate change targets. [98626]

Ian Pearson: The 2006 UK Climate Change Programme contains a package of measures and commitments that will help reduce the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases to about 23.6 per cent. below base year levels and carbon dioxide emissions to 16.2 per cent. below 1990 levels by 2010. In addition, the recently published Energy Review set out ambitious proposals to get us on course to achieve real progress in emissions reductions by 2020 and put us on the right path to achieving our goal of 60 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The package will deliver between 19 to 25 million tonnes of carbon savings by 2020.

The UK is therefore on course to meet and go substantially beyond its Kyoto target of a reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases by 12.5 per cent. below 1990 levels by 2008-12.

The Government will be reporting on progress with these targets via an annual report to Parliament.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of future immigration and population growth on the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [99119]

Ian Pearson: UK greenhouse gas emissions projections take into account the latest population projections from the Office for National Statistics. DEFRA has not made any specific analysis of the impacts of immigration on greenhouse gas emissions.

David Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in
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securing funding from his Climate Change Fund in the latest round; for which schemes funding was awarded; how much was awarded in each case; and when applications will be invited for the next round of bids. [98681]

Ian Pearson: The successful and unsuccessful bids from local authorities for funding from the Climate Change Fund are set out in the following table:

Successful local authorities
Local authority 2006-07 2007-08 Total


Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea




London borough of Lewisham




Greater London authority




London borough of Bromley



London borough of Sutton




South East

Crawley borough council




South West

Somerset county council




West Midlands

Stoke on Trent city council




Shropshire county council




North East

Sunderland city council




Yorkshire and Humber

City of Bradford metropolitan district council




Kingston Upon Hull city council




East Midlands

Derby city council




Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities’ Energy Partnership




The Wellingborough Partnership



East of England

Ipswich borough council



Unsuccessful local authorities


South East

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South West

North West

North East

Yorkshire and Humber

East Midlands

East of England

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