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Entry-Level Stewardship Scheme

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the effectiveness of the entry-level stewardship scheme, with particular reference to progress towards the target to reverse the decline in farmland bird numbers by 2020. [118268]

Barry Gardiner [holding answer 2 February 2007]: Entry-level stewardship (ELS) is one of a number of measures aimed at helping to meet our target of reversing the decline in farmland birds by 2020. ELS agreements are intended to run for five years, and the first agreements only began in August 2005. We are planning to look at progress in the course of this year. Work has already been commissioned on evaluating evidence to date and a report is due this spring. Plans for taking the review forward are still under consideration and will need to take account of this.

Executive Agencies

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by each of his Department's executive agencies in each Government office region in the most recent year for which figures are available. [116668]

Barry Gardiner: A breakdown of expenditure by Government office regions for each of the Department's executive agencies is not available.


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Flowers: Imports

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total (a) volume and (b) value of flowers imported into the UK was in each year since 1997, broken down by country of origin. [118701]


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Barry Gardiner: The following tables show the volume and value of flowers imported into the UK each year since 1997 broken down by country of origin as recorded in the Official Trade Statistics. Data for 2006 are included up to November.

The Netherlands has consistently been the largest supplier of flowers imported into the UK over this period of time.

PQ 1320: UK imports of cut flowers( 1) for 1997 to November 2006—Volume
Tonnes
Country 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Jan-Nov 2006

Netherlands

52,669

69,630

69,706

73,991

75,790

155,018

176,699

155,585

114,056

94,066

Kenya

5,223

4,871

6,735

8,129

10,183

11,221

11,792

16,989

18,650

16,509

Colombia

9,614

9,110

8,525

9,192

8,017

7,667

10,271

9,212

9,037

9,453

Spain

6,947

8,422

11,769

9,589

11,341

10,813

9,333

9,416

6,289

5,264

Turkey

3,542

3,899

3,899

2,772

3,146

3,145

3,097

3,430

2,441

2,081

USA

956

1,058

1,180

893

704

1,103

783

597

875

237

Israel

1,620

1,100

1,280

963

537

464

576

372

605

577

Belgium

1,767

643

1,289

876

814

1,043

701

278

Italy

1,541

1,313

794

724

638

568

478

479

417

251

Morocco

1,025

713

788

835

840

664

524

494

374

380

South Africa

159

103

113

85

145

138

201

805

1,318

508

Ecuador

60

83

170

280

222

271

434

500

528

449

Germany

292

242

162

86

242

427

307

542

247

244

France

1,209

553

518

22

39

42

40

38

36

85

Denmark

208

57

51

58

316

462

539

578

136

57

Belgium- Luxembourg

717

1,499

Zimbabwe

456

208

209

176

216

274

280

179

24

Costa Rica

20

34

57

122

218

187

248

171

258

401

Austria

136

2

6

233

636

680

Irish Republic

112

140

37

11

18

432

347

217

334

29

India

232

106

57

70

77

111

209

147

255

207

Thailand

191

151

121

101

101

99

100

88

126

110

Zambia

39'

108

39

31

1

94

206

102

83

Uganda

8

24

21

13

101

71

112

142

134

27

China

4

8

14

39

31

69

61

126

149

28

Poland

74

60

25

72

18

41

16

16

1

Ethiopia

13

11

2

1

17

49

130

Philippines

8

14

11

2

27

4

105

34

Taiwan

0

1

0

0

2

6

113

Sri Lanka

0

3

4

8

7

32

39

23

Peru

1

1

4

3

6

1

3

17

21

25

Brazil

7

4

16

5

9

22

14

4

All other countries

199

95

111

100

104

105

162

58

76

62

(1)Cut flowers and flower buds of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, fresh, dried, dyed, bleached, impregnated or otherwise prepared.

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