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Outreach activity and other community events (including production of the mobile unit plus mileage (although from 2007-08 the branded mobile unit is no longer being used during the outreach activity),production of branding banners and printing of T-shirts for staff)
£

2004-05

76,286

2005-06

57,178

2006-07

70,538

2007-08

57,967


Merchandising to support outreach activity (travel wallets, pens and toothbrush kits)
£

2004-05

0

2005-06

0

2006-07

17,010

2007-08

8,235


Since April 2003, HM Revenue and Customs has also undertaken a number of publicity activities as part of its Products Of Animal Origin (POAO) anti-smuggling responsibilities.


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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the amount of illegally imported meat entering the UK which was (a) contaminated with virus and (b) not detected in the last 12 months. [185709]

Jonathan Shaw: The endemic nature of exotic diseases in many countries around the world results in a continuous but low risk of infected meat reaching the country through illegal routes. This means that all such seizures are treated as an animal health risk and destroyed, by incineration, in the shortest possible time.

The risk of disease relates to the possibility that animals may consume infectious material in illegal imports. Very small amounts of infectious material may cause disease and are likely to form only a very small proportion of any illegal import. There is thus very little chance of finding infected material by testing samples. Discovering whether any individual seizure is infected is unlikely to contribute significantly to the way that the restrictions relating to imports are enforced.

It is not possible to make an accurate estimate of the amount of illegally imported meat entering the UK which was not detected in the last 12 months because they are illegal and, therefore, clandestine.

Agriculture: Income

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what proportion of total income from farming resulted from (a) single farm payments, (b) agri-environment schemes, (c) diversified activity and (d) receipts from food production in each of the last three years. [186341]

Jonathan Shaw: The answer is given in the table shown as follows. ‘Receipts from food production’ is not available; the value of crop and livestock production has been included.

2005 2006 2007
£ million Percentage of TIFF £ million Percentage of TIFF £ million Percentage of TIFF

Single farm payment

2,349

108

2,354

102

2,292

90

Agri-environment schemes

259

12

346

15

410

16

Inseparable non-agricultural activities(1)

674

31

710

31

771

30

Total crop output

4,998

230

5,147

223

5,791

228

Total livestock output (meat, milk and eggs)

6,544

301

7,246

315

7,699

303

TIFF

2,171

100

2,303

100

2,538

100

(1) The diversified activity which is included in TIFF is only that which is considered ‘inseparable’. This includes activities such as ‘tourist accommodation and catering’ and ‘farm retailing’.

Agriculture: Standards

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations were (a) implemented and (b) revoked by his Department in each year since 2001; and what estimate he has made of the cost to industry of complying with regulations implemented by his Department in each year since 2001. [185708]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA has commissioned an independent project to review the stock, and establish a comprehensive ongoing record, of general Statutory Instruments introduced since 1 January 2001. The project includes categorising whether SIs are, for example, minor, technical, amending, or revocations. The Department will place in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament, no later than 31 March 2008, a short report on the outcomes of the project. Non-finalised data shows that, for general SIs, the breakdown is as follows:


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SIs introduced SIs revoked

2000

92

39

2001

143

82

2002

115

60

2003

105

45

2004

133

45

2005

139

32

2006

144

18

2007

165

21


In 2005, together with other Government Departments, DEFRA embarked on a programme to reduce the administrative burden of regulation by a net 25 per cent., by 2010. At that time, DEFRA’s pre-existing administrative burden (i.e. the total cost to business of form filling, dealing with inspections and providing statutory information to third parties) was estimated by PricewaterhouseCoopers at £527.8 million.

DEFRA has published Simplification Plans in each year since 2005. The Department’s latest Simplification Plan, Cutting Red Tape, was published in December 2007. It shows that, taking account of new Regulations that have added additional administrative burdens, the overall burden the Department imposes on business should be no more than £395.8 million by 2010, a reduction of £132 million or 25 per cent.

Agriculture: Subsidies

Mr. Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many National Reserve applications Stage 1 and Stage 2 appeals were outstanding at the most recent date for which figures are available. [186693]

Jonathan Shaw: As of 8 February 2008, the Rural Payments Agency had six Single Payment Scheme (SPS) National Reserve Stage 1 Appeals and 33 SPS National Reserve Stage 2 Appeals ongoing.

Animal Welfare

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to monitor the effect on animal welfare of the Hunting Act 2004 over the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [183311]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA has no plans to institute new arrangements to monitor the welfare or population levels of the rural or urban fox, although it will retain an overview of these issues as part of its general animal welfare responsibilities.

Bovine Tuberculosis

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases are before the courts on challenges to the accuracy of the test for bovine tuberculosis. [186485]


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Jonathan Shaw: One farm business has issued legal proceedings against DEFRA, a date has yet to be set for the claim to be heard.

Their claim for judicial review disputes the validity of the results of gamma interferon TB tests within their herds. The claimant is challenging DEFRA's decision not to re-test (using the tuberculin skin test) cattle within their herd that have had a positive reaction to the gamma interferon test. DEFRA has been put on notice that three other farm businesses are intending to issue proceedings on the same basis, but has agreed with those farmers that their animals will not be slaughtered pending the outcome of the judicial review. It is expected that this case will determine the issues in respect of all four complaints.

Cattle: Monitoring

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to introduce the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service cattle monitoring system in England. [186484]

Jonathan Shaw: I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the National Animal Health Surveillance System (NAHSS), introduced by the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. We have no plans to introduce such a system in England.

On 22 October 2003, the 10-year UK Veterinary Surveillance Strategy was launched. It stresses the importance of working in partnership to provide early warning and rapid detection of disease threats facing the UK. In putting the strategy into practice, the aim is to ensure that surveillance activities are prioritised openly and that a clear, well-defined international evidence base exists for all surveillance reports and recommendations. A further aim is to make best use of the surveillance information that we collect.

The strategy reflects an extensive consultation process across the UK, involving colleagues in Government and the veterinary, farming and wildlife sectors. It is an integral part of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy launched in June 2004.

Crops: Imports

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) soya bean meal and its derivatives and (b) maize and its derivatives were imported into the UK from each supplying country for each year since 2001, separately identifying where appropriate any amounts which were from GM crops. [185618]

Jonathan Shaw: The following table shows the volume of UK imports of soya bean meal, maize and derivatives from 2001 to November 2007 by country of despatch. It is not possible to separately identify commodities from GM crops in the official overseas trade statistics.


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UK imports of Soya bean meal, Maize and derivatives, by country, 2001 to November 2007
Tonnes
Short description Country 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006( 4) 2007

(1)

France

1,143,881

1,226,021

1,178,052

1,049,825

1,164,396

900,435

784,875

(1)

Argentina

233,180

205,310

191,814

161,063

47,358

154,833

179,582

(1)

Irish Republic

28,773

74,028

99,501

51,680

72,464

100,590

83,557

(1)

Brazil

1

2

20,728

33,360

6

27

270,846

(1)

Belgium

133,258

38,841

6,313

7,798

8,504

15,114

13,781

(1)

Spain

12,647

21,265

17,443

13,349

106,639

26,240

17,041

(1)

Germany

28,022

20,628

18,642

20,954

26,814

19,296

17,384

(1)

Netherlands

28,945

17,354

10,374

11,114

18,449

19,447

22,101

(1)

U.S.A.

15,670

13,286

8,270

18,532

6,916

7,661

7,448

(1)

Italy

5,681

5,323

10,090

1,977

3,830

6,115

20,166

(1)

Canada

6,605

5,010

2,473

2,585

2,966

2,783

2,047

(1)

Denmark

567

4,839

972

1,131

1,235

2,586

1,440

(1)

South Africa

1,103

1,552

1,245

1,445

1,981

2,452

2,270

(1)

Romania

11

0

8,427

(1)

Finland

820

234

535

4,762

689

55

(1)

Other

3,912

5,644

8,553

7,109

6,624

7,236

13,036

(2)

U.S.A.

45,081

27,576

22,803

20,503

37,376

67,457

10,392

(2)

Irish Republic

20,441

24,697

37,121

36,354

32,679

46,033

25,084

(2)

Netherlands

24,808

26,121

40,866

36,175

6,081

6,858

4,649

(2)

France

11,714

14,895

10,212

18,625

7,957

21,736

21,824

(2)

Spain

1,161

1,343

4,664

31,693

6

(2)

Germany

2,113

264

502

31

341

2,316

2,313

(2)

Belgium

123

3

183

3,141

532

13

174

(2)

Italy

994

238

—-

(2)

South Africa

100

(2)

Canada

1

66

(2)

Denmark

1

2

(2)

Other

6

1

30

1,999

170

688

851

(3)

Brazil

933,020

921,417

1,078,338

911,632

861,645

698,952

520,987

(3)

Argentina

80,784

133,005

250,711

233,968

178,620

702,193

1,002,172

(3)

Netherlands

274,146

238,070

404,765

437,119

376,502

268,486

207,200

(3)

U.S.A.

38,813

46,213

8,900

121

29,604

68,398

25,264

(3)

British Virgin Islands

70,752

41,283

40,682

31,498

(3)

Germany

24,901

22,373

11,511

650

17,700

18,115

37,294

(3)

Irish Republic

13,901

16,701

23,053

17,652

18,375

16,006

10,746

(3)

Switzerland

10,976

47,269

25,851

28,051

(3)

Belgium

30,532

11,148

8,850

35,293

11,797

2,254

10,627

(3)

Uruguay

7,403

29,757

7,687

31,517

(3)

China

4

21

22

6

39,673

4,217

12,883

(3)

Malaysia

1,074

19,082

10,989

5,317

(3)

Antigua and Barbuda

10,500

1,025

10,664

1,204

(3)

Norway

11,058

4,689

1

600

(3)

Canada

58

1,634

6,075

(3)

Other

2,020

473

5,517

2,488

5,319

7,795

1,138

(1) Maize (excluding Sweetcorn) for human consumption, including whole, rolled, flaked, hulled, pearled, clipped, sliced or kibbled; Flour, Groats and Meal of Maize; Seed Maize; prepared foods obtained form the swelling or roasting of maize.
(2) Maize feedingstuff for animals—residues of starch manufacture and similar residues from Maize; Bran; Sharps and residues of Maize.
(3) Soya bean meal: Oil—cake and other solid residues, resulting from the extraction of Soya-bean oil.
(4) January to November
Source:
H M Revenue and Customs
Data prepared by Trade statistics, Agricultural Statistics and Analysis Division, DEFRA
2007 data is subject to amendments
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