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Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what programmes his Department supports within the education sector which seek to enhance understanding of the environment. 
Ian Pearson: DEFRA supports a range of projects with the aim of increasing understanding of the environment in the education sector. The climate change champions competition was launched in January 2006 and nine champions have now been chosen; one from each region in England. During their term of office, they are spreading the message about climate change, and the role that young people can play in tackling it, throughout their respective regions.
The champions initiative is part of the larger climate change communications initiative (CCCI). Through the CCCI, 83 projects have been funded by the climate challenge fund, and 16 of these are aimed at young people. The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has invited representatives from all the education-related climate challenge fund projects to a meeting. This will ensure that activities are as joined up as possible.
On 2 February, the Secretary of State and the Education Secretary announced that Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth will form part of a climate change pack sent to secondary schools in England. DEFRA will be part of a sustainable schools year of action to support all schools in becoming models of sustainable best practice. Support materials will include teacher resource packs, a pupil detective kit, guidance for bursars and governors, and a new teaching award.
DEFRA is an active partner in the year of food and farming, a joint initiative with DfES, which will start this September for the 2007-08 school year. This initiative aims to educate children and young people about the origins of the food they eat and how it is produced. DEFRA is also a signatory to the learning outside the classroom manifesto, launched by DfES in November 2006.
Currently, there are approximately 1,000 farms in England providing educational access visits under agri-environment schemes (environmental stewardship and countryside stewardship). Farmers receive payments for opening their farms, free of charge, to schools for curricular studies and colleges and other special interest groups for formal or informal study. A wide range of organisations are involved in school visits to farms. However, DEFRA is the biggest single provider of visits, which offer ideal opportunities during the year of food and farming.
In addition, the waste and resources action programme (WRAP) runs the Recycle Now schools programme on behalf of DEFRA. This involves the Recycler robot, which can encourage primary school children to recycle from a young age and to take the recycling message home. The programme is also looking to develop resources that secondary schools can use.
The eco-schools programme provides a framework to enable schools to analyse their operations and become more sustainable. It promotes environmental awareness in a way that links to many curriculum subjects, including citizenship, personal and social and health education, and education for sustainable development. Eco-schools examine all their activities and implement ways of reducing their environmental impact; including litter, waste, energy, water, school grounds, healthy living, biodiversity and global perspectives.
The closest available estimate for bankruptcies among farmers are the number of bankruptcy orders made under the category agriculture according to the Insolvency Trade Classification. Also provided for further information are the number of company liquidations in the agricultural sector. The following table provides the England and Wales figures in 2001-05, currently figures for 2006 are not available by industry sector:
|Bankruptcies and Company Liquidations in England and Wales for Agriculture, 2001-05|
|Bankruptcy orders||Company liquidations|
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Hunting Act 2005 on (a) levels of rural employment, (b) the fox population, (c) sheep deaths caused by foxes and (d) the prosperity of rural areas. 
Barry Gardiner: My Department has made no specific assessment of the impact of the Hunting Act 2005, beyond its normal monitoring of wildlife and the rural economy. However, the majority of hunts have continued to operate within the law. Therefore, there has been no discernable adverse effect on rural employment, which remains above the national average, or on the rural economy as a whole. In addition, DEFRA has no evidence to suggest that there has been a significant change in the national fox population as a result of the Act, nor that the overall numbers of sheep being taken by foxes has increased substantially since it was introduced.
Contributing to the Regional Development Agencies' Single Programme to meet a number of DEFRA's objectives, including increasing economic productivity in rural areas.
Rural Social and Community Programme which helps rural communities shape their future by developing the capacity of the voluntary and community sector and parish and town councils and addressing locally defined issues of disadvantage.
EU co-funded Rural Development Programme for England for the period 2007-13 and on-going commitments from the England Rural Development Programme 2000-06. The new
programme will not begin until outstanding funding issues are resolved within the EU.
EU co-funded LEADER+ programme, which assists 25 rural communities in improving the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local areas.
EU co-funded Objective 1 programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, South Yorkshire and Merseyside which promotes the development and structural adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind.
DEFRA also funds the Commission for Rural Communities. Their role is to provide well-informed, independent advice to the Government and ensure that mainstream policies, and the delivery of services, reflects the real needs of people living and working in rural areas of England.
Bridget Prentice: The Channel Islands (the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey) are self-governing dependencies of the Crown, whichacting through its Privy Councilis responsible for their good governance. The Channel Islands have their own directly elected legislative assemblies, administrative, fiscal and legal systems, and their own courts of law. They do not form part of the United Kingdom, and UK legislation does not apply to them unless specifically extended; nor are they members of the European Union, but enjoy a special relationship with the EU under Protocol 3 of the UKs Treaty of Accession. The UK is, however, responsible in international law for the international relations of all of the Crown Dependencies and is also responsible for their defence.
Mr. Wills: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to Government Departments involved in the one week monitoring exercise in January 2006 of the time needed to respond to Freedom of Information requests. 
Ms Harman: Frontier Economics, using the data collected in the one week monitoring exercise, estimated that the total cost in officials time of dealing with FOI requests across central government is £8.6 million.
A detailed breakdown of the total annual cost to central Government of handling FOI requests can be found at annexe 1 of the Frontier Economics report, which is available in the Libraries of the House.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions the Public Guardianship Office had to intervene to suspend an individuals power of attorney over another in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Ms Harman: The information requested is not available from the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) statistics currently maintained by the Public Guardianship Office. Although individual case records will show this information, the costs of collating these details would be prohibitive.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 910W, on accident and emergency departments, which NHS trusts the NHS has told her are (a) consulting on and (b) planning to consult on changes to their accident and emergency departments. 
Andy Burnham: The national health service has told us of one ongoing consultation that could affect accident and emergency (A&E) services. This is the consultation on proposals affecting Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust;
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust;
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust;
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust;
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust;
Royal Surrey County Hospitals NHS Trust;
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust;
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust;
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust;
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust; and
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the longest distance is from the nearest accident and emergency department to the furthest dwelling in each parliamentary constituency. 
Andy Burnham: The information on the number of admissions via accident and emergency (A&E) at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust, from quarter two 2001-02 to quarter two 2006-07 is shown in the table. Information on the number of attendances at A&E is a separate collection.
|Admissions via A&E|
|(1) Admissions were first collected in quarter two 2001-02, so data for this year are for three quarters only.|
(2) Admissions via all A&E types were first collected in quarter one 2003-04. Data after this date are for all A&E types, prior to this the figures are for admissions via major (type one) A&E only.
(3 )2006-07 data are for quarter one and quarter two only.
Department of Health form QMAE
|All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)( 1)||Population||All practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)( 1) per 100,000 head of population|
|(1) GPs excluding retainers and registrars per 100, 000 for London SHA population based on PCTs.|
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