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Domestic Animals: Animal Welfare

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with veterinary professionals on the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in safeguarding household pets from cruelty. [183403]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA holds a range of discussions with veterinary professionals on this and other issues.

Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1133W, on domestic wastes: waste disposal, whether the new national indicator set of performance indicators will include measures of public satisfaction with local authority waste collection services. [182237]

Joan Ruddock: The national indicator set is limited to measures to achieve the Government's priority outcomes. Local authorities' duties and responsibilities remain unchanged. There are many services and activities undertaken by local government, alone or in partnership, which are not directly reflected in the National Indicator Set but which will continue to be important to local areas and the people they serve. It is more appropriate that these are performance managed locally; with local authorities setting priorities, determining performance indicators and monitoring and reviewing performance. This is part of the devolution deal that local government has been seeking.

A Place Survey run by Communities and Local Government (CLG) will be used to collect 20 of the citizen perspective indicators included in the National Indicator Set. This will replace the Best Value User Satisfaction surveys. It is anticipated that the first Place Survey will be undertaken this autumn. It is anticipated that the consultation document will be available in mid-December and will be available under the ‘Consultation’ section of the CLG website.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether in those areas piloting charges for household rubbish collection waste disposal authorities will be liable to make payments to waste collection authorities for costs arising from (a) collection, (b) pilot administration and (c) charge collection; and whether such disposal authorities will be liable to make payments to cover potential savings in disposal costs. [182248]

Joan Ruddock: Powers provided in the Climate Change Bill will allow up to five local authorities to pilot non revenue raising incentives schemes, which are designed to encourage household waste minimisation and recycling. Any revenue the authority collects through charges under a waste reduction scheme would have to be given back to residents through rebates for those producing less waste. Local authorities could not keep any money for their own purposes, nor could they use the revenue to cover any of their costs.

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As stated in the Climate Change Bill, where a waste disposal authority is not a waste collection authority, the waste disposal authority may make payments to the waste collection authority. The amount of any such payments would be up to the waste disposal authority and the waste collection authority to determine locally.

As previously stated, the Government will be providing up to £1.5 million per year for three years to support the pilots.

European Fisheries Fund

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to submit the Operational Programme of the European Fisheries Fund to the European Commission; when he expects approval to be granted for the UK Operational Programme by the Commission; and if he will make a statement. [183541]

Jonathan Shaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 778-79W and on 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 30W.

Fisheries: Public Appointments

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, columns 2124-5W, on fisheries: public appointments, if he will provide the information requested in relation to the current members of the sea fisheries committees; and if he will make a statement; [183595]

(2) what the names are of all (a) current and (b) previous members of each sea fisheries committee; and if he will make a statement. [183596]

Jonathan Shaw: Section 2 of the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1966 sets out that persons appointed by the Minister to Sea Fisheries Committees (SFCs) shall be:

Once appointed, members are required to represent, in a balanced way, all local fishing and marine environmental interests in the SFC district. Appointees should not regard themselves as representing any one particular interest or organisation.

As of 30 January 2008, the names and known interests (as recorded at the time of their first appointment) of all current DEFRA ministerial appointees to each Sea Fisheries Committee are as follows:

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Name Known interests at time of first appointment

Cornwall SFC

Stuart Athay

Charter Boat Skipper

Kevin P Bennetts

Potter, beam trawler plus sea angler

Chris Brett

Inshore netter/crabber

Christopher Curtis

Harbour master/fisherman

C J Mitchell

Secretary to local fishermen’s association

David C Muirhead


David Stevens

Share fisherman/owner

Philip Trebilcock


Dr. Nick Tregenza


John Trewin

Inshore fisherman

P G Walton

Inshore fisherman

Ruth Williams

Environmentalist/marine conservation officer

Cumbria SFC

D Baxter

Shrimp fisherman

Ronald Graham

Part-time fisherman/member of European Fisheries Forum

George Southwell

Fisherman—trawling, netting, potting

D Harpley

Marine conservation officer

J McAvoy

Fisherman, trawler

Michael Sterland

Sea angler/tackle shop owner

Devon SFC

David Cuthbert


Chris Davis


Martyn Gates

Fisherman, shellfish farmer, fish merchant

David Morgan

Shellfisherman (crabs, lobsters)

David Henry Pakes

Sea angling, boat owner

James Portus

Chief exec SWFPO Ltd

David Rowe

Sea angler

R Talbot


Christopher Venmore


Eastern SFC

Mr. Roy Brewster

Inshore fisherman

Robert John Garnett

Fisherman/vessel owner-skipper

Neil A Lake


Ivan G Large

Inshore fisherman

Thomas Pinborough

Sea angler

Cyril A R Southerland


Steven Williamson

Shellfish factory manager

Michael Yates

Scientific officer

Vacant post

Isles of Scilly SFC

Timothy Allsop

Charter skipper

Barry Bennett

Fisherman/lifeboat coxswain

Mark Dean Pender


Timothy Richards


Kent and Essex SFC

Gary Attenborough


Teresa Bennett


Paul D Gilson

Thames trawlerman/merchant

Richard A Jacobs

Thames beam trawlerman

B Martin


John Nichols

Shipwright conservation officer (angling interests)

S J Place

Gill netter

Leon Roskilly

Sea angler

Vacant post

North Eastern SFC

David Ballington

Sea angler

Stuart McPherson


S Cowan

Fishing vessel skipper

Michael J Emmerson


Derek Heselton MBE


Gary Hodgson

Shellfisherman/vessel owner

Robert Mainprize

Skipper/vessel owner/biological sampler for CEFAS/guard ship

J Johnson

Skipper owner

Jim Linstead

Trawlerman (chief exec GFPO)

Stephen J Norton

CE00Grimsby Fish Merchants Assoc Ltd

Frank Powell


N V Proctor

Marine biologist, conservation officer with Yorkshire NFSA ( plus sea angling)

Terence N Pearson

Company director/inshore fisherman

Thomas W Smith

Shellfish/salmon fisherman

Dr. Selina Stead


G Traves MBE


John Whitton


North Western and North Wales SFC

Arthur Brecknell

NW Sea Fish Industry Training Association

Geoff Hancock

Sea angler

D G Jewitt


Allan S Marklew

Sea angler

Margaret R Owen

Part-time fisherwoman

Norman Parker

Retired netsman

M Porter


Tommy Watson


C Woods


Northumberland SFC

Tony Anderson

Sea angler

David Morton

Angler/small boat owner

Kevin Henderson


David Herriot

Chief exec Anglo Scottish FPO

Steven Moss

Skipper/owner Trawlerman

Dr. Nick Polunin

Marine ecologist

Henry Rowe


James Stephenson


John Thomson


Southern SFC

Richard Ferre

Chair of NFSA/sea angler and boat owner

Dr. Anthony C Jensen

Marine biologist

Terry Lankford

Vessel owner/shellfish merchant and exporter

Kenneth Lynham


Chris Mowlam


David Sales


Stella Stride JP

Vessel and boatyard owner—secretary of various fishing organisations

Mark Stevenson


Peter Tinsley

Marine conservation officer

Sussex SFC

M J R Barrow


Bill Brock

Fish market owner/fishing vessel manager

Alan Brothers

Sea angler

A P Delahunty


Graham Doswell


Simon J A Flint

Sea angler

David Guy

Fisheries manager

David Harvey


Ron Simmons


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