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Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1433, on bio-fuels, what estimate he has made of how much palm oil was used for bio-fuel in 2006. 
Ian Pearson: The UK imported 633,000 tonnes of palm oil in 2005, the last full year for which figures are available. However, palm oil is used in many processed foods, cosmetics and detergents, as well as in biofuels.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost is of a pre-movement bovine tuberculosis test; and whether his Department has estimated the cost of moving to a whole-herd annual test. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work (a) has been and (b) is being carried out to tailor the evaluation tables for compensation on bovine tuberculosis slaughter for the added value of (i) high yield dairy cattle, (ii) organic stock and (iii) pedigree stock. 
The decision to introduce a new cattle compensation system, in February last year, was not made lightly, and was taken only after two public consultations. Wherever possible, the Government have
responded to detailed concerns raised by interested organisations. Following our consultations, significant enhancements to the system were madein particular, the number of table valuation cattle categories was increased from the proposed 29 to 47.
In line with Government's on going commitment to work in partnership with interested organisations, Defra has set up the Cattle Compensation Advisory Group (CCAG) to monitor, with the industry, the introduction of the new compensation system.
Defra and the CCAG are discussing a range of ideas the group has suggested for enhancing the current compensation arrangementsthese include the specific areas raised by the hon. Member. While Defra has not ruled out the possibility of changes to the compensation system, they are not inevitable. Any changes would need to be justified and fair to farmers and the taxpayer. They would also need to take account of the extensive evidence on the level of over-valuation experienced under the previous system based on individual valuations.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with EU colleagues the provision of additional funding for animal handling facilities to deal with increased cattle testing. 
Mr. Bradshaw: This issue was raised when I met with the hon. Member and a delegation of his constituents on 18 January. As agreed at the meeting, I will look into the matter and respond to the hon. Member in writing.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employment agencies were employed by the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years; and what expenditure was incurred on agency services in each year. 
The costs for employment agency staff have been reported on an accruals basis and for financial years 2002-03 to 2005-06 they have been reported in RPAs Annual Accounts and have been subject to audit by NAO.
For financial year 2006-07 costs have been reported on an accruals basis to the end of December 2006 (i.e. nine months position) and this figure is currently reflected in RPAs 2006-07 provisional interim account.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to raise the issue of the sale of endangered animals on the internet at the forthcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora conference. 
Barry Gardiner: The EU member states have submitted a UK-inspired proposal for a decision on Internet Trade in Specimens of CITES-listed species, to be considered at the 14th CITES conference of the parties this June.
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Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which executive agencies are the responsibility of his Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the budget was of each agency in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Barry Gardiner: Defra is responsible for nine executive agencies. Information about their functions and recent budgets are publicly available on the Defra website as well as other information about the Defra Group delivery landscape. Please follow the link to:
Information about the executive agencies is also publicly available through the annual Defra departmental report and the Annual Report with Accounts of each executive agency, copies of which are lodged in the Library of the House.
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