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Mr. Woodward: The Department carried out a full 12-week consultation on the existing cultural test in 2005, and developed and published the underlying guidance in response to views expressed in that exercise.
The new test and underlying guidance, which retain many of the features of the previous versions, were developed in consultation with HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Film Council and following discussions with the European Commission. Responses from the original consultation were borne in mind throughout this process.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department sought to publicise the extension to the deadline for the consultation on the Tourism Strategy for the 2012 games to all interested stakeholders; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: There was no publicised extension to the consultation deadline. We maintained an open dialogue with stakeholders throughout the process and gave individuals and organisations, who requested a limited extension, time to submit a quality response.
Mr. Woodward: This Department does not have a strategy for the sustainability of seaside piers. However, the English Heritage Seaside Research Project is examining the broad historical contribution of the pier to England's seaside. Its findings will be published in a monograph, which is due to be published in September/October 2007. The research gathered in the course of the project will be used to develop policy for English Heritage, which might include specific initiatives on the conservation and future of piers.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed as county sport partnership directors; and what the (a) minimum, (b) median and (c) maximum salary is of those employed. 
David Cairns: I have no immediate plans to carry out a gender impact assessment as the statutory functions of the Scotland office relate to constitutional matters arising from the devolution settlement and the conduct of elections to the Scottish Parliament.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant. 
Mr. Hain: Since 1999 my office has generally obtained furniture through procurement contracts administered by the National Assembly of Wales and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. For this, the information requested could not be obtained without disproportionate cost. We procured some furniture directly this year, at a cost of £690, all of it manufactured in the UK.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) funded into the (i) safety and (ii) ethics of electric shock collars for dogs. 
A limited tender call asking for proposals to assess the effect of electronic pet training aids (specifically static pulse, anti-bark, and inert gas training systems) on the welfare of dogs was circulated in July.
A single proposal was received, which is now undergoing internal and external assessment before a decision is taken on whether to commission this research. If any research is commissioned we would expect work to start in April 2007.
The terms of the call were for studies focusing on an epidemiological approach into the behavioural, physiological and psychological effects of electric training collars on the welfare of dogs. Safety is implicit in this.
DEFRA has also asked the Companion Animal Welfare Council to undertake an independent study of available evidence on the use of these electronic training aids, to help inform policy and complement any research that the Department may commission. The overall aim is to develop a sound evidence-base to formulate policy on whether or not to regulate such devices. Ethical issues are an integral part of animal welfare policy considerations.
Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) who will be responsible for the treatment of contaminated areas in the event that no specific polluter can be identified; 
Mr. Bradshaw: Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) places a duty on local authorities (LAs) in England to identify contaminated land in their area, and to ensure that the appropriate remedial action is taken. Where land has been identified as contaminated, the LA will try to find the person who caused, or knowingly permitted, the presence of the substances causing the problem. If found, they will be required to carry out any necessary remedial works. Where the person responsible cannot be found, for example because a company is no longer in existence, the landowner may be the appropriate person, subject to detailed rules in the Act and the statutory guidance. The guidance (DEFRA Circular 01/2006) is available on the DEFRA website at:
The regime allows for voluntary remediation, and also for the relevant LA to carry out remediation on behalf of those considered liable and to recover the cost. As a last resort, the LA can serve a remediation notice requiring work to be done, subject to a right of appeal. Failure to comply with a remediation notice is a criminal offence.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many businesses have registered for the Environment Agencys NetRegs email alert service; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The NetRegs website (www.netregs.gov.uk) provides environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) throughout the UK. The NetRegs e-alerts service informs registered users of the latest important updates to the NetRegs website. The service was launched in February 2006 and, to date, 4,334 users have registered. Five bi-monthly e-alerts have been produced so far.
The NetRegs website itself attracts over 30,000 different users every month. It provides guidance for 105 different business sectors and has received excellent feedback from businesses, trade associations and business support organisations.
Mr. Bradshaw: The State Veterinary Service (SVS) carries out inspections on farms to check that welfare legislation and codes are being followed. In addition to spot checks and planned visits, the SVS follows up all complaints and allegations of poor welfare on specific farms as a matter of urgency. In 2005, the SVS carried out 6,123 on-farm welfare inspections. This compares with 5,431 welfare inspections carried out in 2004.
From 1 January 2007, cross-compliance inspections will include checks on the welfare of farmed animals. Most farms will be selected on a risk basis, ensuring that those with a higher risk of not meeting legislative standards are more likely to be selected for inspection. This is in line with DEFRAs Better Regulation policy, to reduce burdens on the majority of farmers who do comply with the law.
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Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not hold all the information requested. However, some of the information is available within the report Financial Support OECD Fisheries: Implications for Sustainable Development which has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many British sea fishing vessels (a) under and (b) over 10 metres in length were in use in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Bradshaw: On 1 September 2006, there were 5,977 fishing vessels registered and licensed in the United Kingdom (excluding Islands). Of these, 1,458 were over 10 metres in length and 4,519 were 10 metres or under in length. The data for the years 1997 to 2005 are in the following table.
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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) total allowable catches and (b) levels of discards were within British territorial waters for each fish species in 2005-06. 
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