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Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of waste produced per person in local authorities operating (a) alternate weekly collections, (b) no side waste policies and (c) traditional weekly collections. 
Data on waste produced per person are collected as part of local authorities' statutory performance monitoring. However, the Government do not keep data on the waste collection policies chosen by individual authorities. It is, rightly, the responsibility of individual local authorities to decide on the most appropriate waste collection policies for their communities.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the incidence of flies and vermin in areas that have introduced an alternate weekly collection of household waste. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Some representations, in the form of parliamentary questions and correspondence, have been received by my Department from people concerned about possible links between the alternate weekly collection of waste and increases in flies and vermin.
There is no evidence in published studies to indicate a causal link between an increase in flies or rodents as a result of alternate week collection. The characteristics of a location will influence the rodent population and simple hygiene practices can directly prevent or reduce rat and fly populations. An independent, DEFRA-funded research study on the use of alternate weekly collection services, carried out by Enviros Consulting and Cranfield university in 2006, drew the same conclusions.
Proper design of an alternate weekly collection service should avoid any increase in nuisance to householders. The waste and resources action programme is currently updating its guidance for local authorities on the design and implementation of alternate weekly collection services, in order to minimise nuisance and health risks.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on green workplace initiatives. 
Ian Pearson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, and Defra Ministers, have held discussions recently with colleagues from other Departments, such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department for Work and Pensions, on the subject of greening the workplace, as part of the wider discussions on climate change. In addition, Defra co-chairs the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (TUSDAC) with the General Secretary of Prospect. Green workplace, energy and climate change issues are raised through this forum.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on development of a green manufacturing strategy. 
Defra Ministers and officials hold regular discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry on various aspects of the greener business agenda and promoting a low carbon, low waste
economy. This is reflected in the Energy White Paper and Waste Strategy which build on the Government's broader Sustainable Development Strategy.
The Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Trade and Industry jointly chair the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. The commission was established to advise the UK on the opportunity that environmental protection can present for wealth creation and employment growth.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on commissioning research or consultancy from Be-Environmental in the last three years; and for what purposes. 
Barry Gardiner: DEFRA and its agencies have spent £242,949 on commissioning research or consultancy from Be-Environmental since the beginning of the 2004-05 financial year. This was for work in the waste sector including: support to local authorities to improve their waste management services; research; performance reviews of DEFRA programmes and projects; the planning and facilitation of events and focus groups to improve DEFRA programmes; website development; and support to DEFRA's Waste and Resources Research and Development Strategy.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he plans to take to assist the recovery of the stock of the European eel; when he expects them to be (a) approved by the European Council and (b) implemented; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: On 11 June at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council European Ministers accepted unanimously a recovery plan for the European eel. This plan has been in development since 2003 and its agreement at Council was vital if we are to see a recovery of a stock that has seen recruitment drop to 1-5 per cent. of historic level (pre-1980s).
Under the recovery plan member states must, in the long term, achieve 40 per cent. escapement of silver eel from each river basin district (or as an average across the member state) compared to the level before man's intervention. They must also cut fishing effort/catches in Community maritime waters by 50 per cent. and reserve, over time, 60 per cent. of glass (juvenile) eel for restocking in European waters.
Member states must submit an eel management plan for each eel river basin to the European Commission by 31 December 2008, then have them approved by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, and implemented by 1 July 2009.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what stocks fished by the UK (a) over-10 metre fleet and (b) under-10 metre fleet are (i) within safe biological limits and (ii) outside safe biological limits, and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The following table records the status of the 47 finfish stocks of most interest to the UK for 2006. The complete picture for 2007 will not be available until after the second instalment of the annual ICES advice is produced in October. Since both segments of the fleet (under-10 and over-10 metre vessels) tend to target similar species, no distinction is made between the stocks fished by each.
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Number of stocks outside safe biological limits13
Number of stocks within safe biological limits12
Number of stocks where safe biological limits are not defined6
Number of stocks where no scientific assessment made16
Total number of stocks47
Percentage within safe biological limits (excluding categories C and D)48 per cent.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish proposals to change the way that fishing quota is allocated in the UK for (a) the under-10 metre fleet and (b) the over-10 metre fleet. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Fisheries administrations are currently considering the future quota management arrangements for both the over and the under 10 metre fleets and expect to consult interested parties on options later this year.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the European Commission to publish its 2008 fishing opportunities proposals for stocks fished by UK vessels. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The latest information from the Commission is that they intend to prepare two proposals for regulations concerning fishing opportunities: one relating to stocks in the Baltic sea to be presented in September 2007; and the other covering stocks in the Northeast Atlantic in November 2007, following receipt of the second instalment of the annual scientific advice from ICES in October. New proposals about deep-sea stocks are unlikely, as Council Regulation (EC) No. 2015/2006, concerning fishing opportunities for deep-sea species, already covers both 2007 and 2008.
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