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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish a break down of funding allocated to implement the final recommendations of the Pitt Report; and how such figures were calculated. 
Mr. Woolas: As I said to the DEFRA Committee on 6 February 2008, my intention with this provision was simply prudent planning to ensure we had a pot of money to implement Sir Michaels final report when it is available.
Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds in the form of (a) revenue payments, (b) capital grants and (c) supported borrowing for which his Department is responsible have been made available to (i) Kent county council, (ii) Thanet district council and (iii) Dover district council in 2007-08. 
The revenue and capital funds made available under the Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant (WPEG) represent an aggregate allocation for Kent county council and all the district councils in the Kent area. WPEG is linked to local area agreements in 2007-08 and allocations for all county and district councils are therefore paid as an aggregate sum for collective investment.
Jonathan Shaw: Guidance was finalised towards the end of 2007. It could not be finalised sooner because the consultation on the double tagging of sheep and goats did not conclude until 20 November. Guidance was distributed to all sheep and goat keepers on 4 January.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the time provided for the sheep and goat industry to prepare for the implementation of the livestock movements, identification and tracing: sheep and goats scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The derogation from double tagging of sheep was lost because of a high rate of non-compliance with the derogated rules by livestock keepers. Had we not acted quickly to introduce double tagging, sheep keepers throughout the UK could have faced disallowance for failure to comply with the rules set out in EU legislation. The consultation period given was therefore the maximum that could reasonably have been permitted in the circumstances.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on developing common policies on reduction of bovine tuberculosis. 
Jonathan Shaw: Responsibility for bovine TB (bTB) is fully devolved and bTB policy in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Assembly alone. However, both DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government, along with the Scottish Government, were signatories to the Government Strategic Framework for the Sustainable Control of bovine TB in GB. In the spirit of the framework officials in my Department are in regular contact with those in the Welsh Assembly Government on the issue.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of meat of each type was imported from each country of despatch into the UK in each of the last five years. 
|Imports of beef and veal into the UK 2002 to November 2007|
|T housand tonnes|
|Imports of beef products (including corned beef) into the UK 2002 to November 2007|
|T housand tonnes|
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