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Animal Welfare Act 2006

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) convictions and (b) prosecutions there have been under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, broken down by offence; and if he will make a statement. [174483]

Jonathan Shaw: The Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into force in Wales on 27 March and in England on 6 April 2007. The figures for convictions and prosecutions for offences under the Act will not be available until the latter half of 2008.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to bring forward secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on (a) pet fairs, (b) wild animals in circuses, (c) cats, (d) dogs, (e) pet shops, (f) game birds, (g) animal boarding, (h) tethering of horses, (i) riding schools, (j) livery yards, (k) animal sanctuaries and (l) performing animals; and if he will make a statement. [174484]

Jonathan Shaw: During the Animal Welfare Act's passage through Parliament it became clear that hon. Members and peers wanted to give priority to a number of issues on which a commitment had been given for secondary legislation and/or codes of practice. These were wild animal acts in circuses, the welfare of racing greyhounds, pet fairs, the keeping of gamebirds, cats and dogs and non-human primates as pets. We anticipate introducing regulations and codes for these during the next three years, although following the publication of the recent report into the use of wild animal acts in circuses, it is necessary to give further thought as to how this matter is taken forward.

The Government remain committed to regulating animal boarding, livery yards, animal sanctuaries and performing animals as soon as possible subject to available resources.

I also refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 610W.

Beef

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's beef consumption was sourced from the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [173976]

Jonathan Shaw: In 2006 UK home-fed production of beef and veal accounted for 81 per cent. of the total new supply of beef and veal for use in the UK.

Birds: Imports

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ban on wild bird imports on the illegal trade in wild birds. [172694]


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Jonathan Shaw: There is currently a lack of information to form an assessment of the effect of the ban on illegal trade and the livelihoods of those trappers involved in developing countries. DEFRA has let a research contract to address this, which is expected to report early in 2008.

Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to prevent the insect-related spread of bluetongue. [174252]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA has been working in close partnership with the industry and stakeholders to develop the Bluetongue Control Strategy and has jointly been involved in raising awareness of this disease. It is our main objective to minimise the economic impact and spread of the disease.

The control measures set out in the Bluetongue Control Strategy are aimed at minimising disease spread. Movement of susceptible animals out of the control zones are banned except under licence (although animals can move freely within these zones).

DEFRA currently funds an extensive programme of research on bluetongue (including work on serotype 8) that supports disease control policies. This includes researching vector mitigation measures which may help protect animals against midges biting.

More information and guidance can be found on the DEFRA website, which is regularly updated with the latest developments and progress.

Canals: Expenditure

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) other effects of public spending on canals with particular reference to effects on (i) regeneration, (ii) flood management and (iii) tourism and leisure. [174142]

Mr. Woolas: We fully recognise the economic, environmental and social benefits of the inland waterways and the role they can play in supporting Government objectives in health, recreation, regeneration, social inclusion, conservation of heritage and the environment. British Waterways has been involved in over £2 billion worth of urban and rural regeneration over the last decade and a further £7 billion of waterside regeneration is under way. Its canals also contribute to flood mitigation. In terms of tourism and leisure use, there were 268 million visits to British Waterways last year by boaters, anglers, cyclists and walkers.

DEFRA is working with British Waterways to agree a sustainable and affordable strategy for the waterways while maximising public benefits from the resources available.

Combined Heat and Power

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what feasibility studies have been carried out on potential growth of combined heat and power plants. [175423]


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Mr. Woolas: A number of studies have been carried out on potential growth of combined heat and power plants in the UK. The most recent is the "Analysis of the National Potential for High-efficiency Cogeneration" which was prepared by AEA Technology to allow my Department to meet the reporting requirements of the EU cogeneration directive. This study is available on the DEFRA website.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns 700-1W, on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, how many attacks on people there were by dogs designated as dangerous under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 1997 in London. [175389]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 18 December 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to table 2, 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 701W, citing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts in Greater London for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year from 1997 to 2006. We do not hold information on whether the dogs involved were held in contravention of the law.

Departmental Manpower

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade. [172688]

Jonathan Shaw: The latest published information on the gender breakdown of civil servants by Department is as at 30 September 2006 and is available in tables H at:

and

Departmental Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff work in his Department’s parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) parliamentary questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers. [174954]

Jonathan Shaw: There are eight members of staff in parliamentary branch, two of whom work solely on parliamentary questions.

Correspondence from hon. Members and peers is handled by the Department’s customer contact unit.

Departmental Pay

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department and its predecessors earned a salary over £100,000 in each year since 1997. [167191]


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Jonathan Shaw: Details of the number of people in the Department who have been paid a salary of £100,000 or more, since 2002, are given in the following table. Data prior to 2002 are not centrally held and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The information covers people in core-DEFRA and the following DEFRA Executive Agencies: Animal Health, Pesticides Safety Directorate, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Marine Fisheries Agency, Government Decontamination Service, Rural Payments Agency, Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Central Science Laboratory and Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

Number of p eople paid £100,000 or more

2002

8

2003

10

2004

12

2005

19

2006

20

2007

25


Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget was planned for his Department in 2007-08; how much his Department has spent in the year to date; and what the projected expenditure outturn for the year is. [175013]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 17 December 2007]: DEFRA’s budget (resource and capital DEL less depreciation) for 2007-08 is £3,617 million. It is for Ministers and the Department to manage its affairs during the year and to report on outturn to Parliament. The Department is currently addressing those pressures arising from the summer floods (£30 million) and the animal disease outbreaks (£35 million). However, action is being taken by the Department to manage down these cost pressures.

Departmental Publicity

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff are responsible for brand management and marketing in his Department and its agencies. [165237]

Jonathan Shaw: Within the Communications Directorate in core DEFRA there are 17 full-time members of staff involved in the management of corporate branding and marketing. This includes work undertaken on:

Individual records of staff for DEFRA'S non-departmental public bodies, agencies and financially sponsored organisations are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months. [167958]

Jonathan Shaw: For the financial year 2006-07, core DEFRA spent £568,728 on advertising.

Departmental Recycling

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years. [172514]

Mr. Woolas: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) can confirm that his Department recycled the following amounts of waste in each of the last five years.

Waste Recovered (tonnes) Percentage Waste Recovered

2002-03

1,021

46

2003-04

2,560

55

2004-05

2,210

52

2005-06

2,429

47

2006-07

2,891

55


These figures represent waste that is recovered, which includes recycled, composted, reused or incinerated with energy recovery.

DEFRA has already exceeded the 2010 target of recycling 40 per cent. of waste and is on course to recycle 75 per cent. of all waste by 2020.

Environmental Information Regulations Provisions

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department produced on whether environmental information regulations provisions apply to regional chambers. [176579]

Joan Ruddock: Regional chambers are not specifically mentioned in our current detailed guidance on the environmental information regulations (EIRs) (www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/opengov/eir/guidance/full-guidance/pdf/guidance-2.pdf) but this does make clear that all bodies which carry out functions of public administration and bodies that are under the control of a public authority and have responsibilities, exercise functions or provide public services relating to the environment are covered by the regulations. The guidance also explains that bodies can seek more detailed advice on the interpretation of the regulations from the DEFRA telephone helpline and a central e-mail address, though the final determination of the extent to which they are covered would be for the Information Commissioner and the Information Tribunal to decide.

Exhaust Emissions: Transport

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the European Commission to
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include carbon emissions from transport under the evaluative criteria for the European eco-label; and if he will encourage the Commission to promote water-borne freight as a means of cutting these emissions. [176093]

Joan Ruddock: The Government want to see reliable methods established for measuring the greenhouse gas emissions embodied in products (from the extraction, transport and processing of raw materials right through to the finished product) and we are actively supporting work by the British Standards Institution to enable this. The European Commission is also running a study on how carbon emissions “embodied” in products can be better reflected in future criteria under the EU ecolabelling scheme. Officials in my Department have had positive discussions with their counterparts in the Commission about the development of suitable methods for measuring these embodied emissions and the scope for wider improvements to the ecolabelling scheme to help focus on the key life-cycle impacts of particular types of product.


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