|Imports of other meat products into the UK 2002 to November 2007
|T housand tonnes
H M Revenue and Customs. Data prepared by Trade statistics, Agricultural Statistics and Analysis Division, 2007 data is subject to amendments.
Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA does not require the breeding and keeping of pigeons to be licensed. However, advice about biosecurity and preventing disease is available for all bird keepers on the DEFRA website or from local Animal Health Offices.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on double-tagging upland sheep; and what estimate his Department has made of the likely financial effects on hill farmers of the double-tagging system. 
Jonathan Shaw: In accordance with EU legislation, all sheep which are not intended for slaughter within 12 months of age must be double tagged. In England, the rules apply to sheep and goats born on or after 11 January 2008 and those not officially identified by that date.
Jonathan Shaw: We informed British Sugar on 6 February 2008 that the Rural Payments Agency has approved an application from the company for restructuring aid. This was based on the renunciation of 13.5 per cent. of its white sugar production quota, amounting to 165,000 tonnes, and the full dismantling of the York sugar factory.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what restrictions apply to the sale of lower alcohol wine (a) within the UK and (b) elsewhere in the EU produced (i) in the UK, (ii) elsewhere in the EU, (iii) in the USA and (iv) in other countries; and if he will make a statement; 
The minimum permitted alcohol content for wine produced and marketed in the EU is laid down in the Common Market Organisation (CMO) for Wine (Council Regulation (EEC) 1493/99). The requirements vary according to the type of wine
and the region of production. Wines imported into the EU are, in general, subject to the same requirements, although a number of countries, including the US, have concluded bilateral agreements, which provide for wine produced in conformity with national standards to be imported and marketed in the EU.
The agreement reached in December 2007 on a new wine CMO will provide, in due course, for a streamlining of the process of adopting new wine making techniques in the EU. The UK will continue to press for the consideration and the adoption of internationally recognised alcohol reduction techniques, and thereby allow EU wine producers the ability to utilise these processes in the production and marketing of their wines in the EU.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for the Women's Land Army and Timber Corps badges his Department expects to receive. 
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the design of the badge for Women in the Land Army cost; and how much was spent on the design for each of the previous three commissioned badges. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will answer Question 180776, tabled on 16 January by the hon. Member for Southend West; what the reason is for the time taken to reply; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: I regret the delay in answering the hon. Member for Southend West, this was due to an administrative oversight. The question was answered on 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1341W.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the value of deposits in dormant bank accounts in the United Kingdom; and what steps his Department has taken to inform the public of the funds in these dormant bank accounts. 
Angela Eagle: The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill is currently before Parliament. It broadly defines a dormant account as a bank or building society account where there has been no customer-initiated activity for a period of at least 15 years. On this basis, an assessment by banks and building societies suggests that between £250 million and £350 million lies currently unclaimed in banks, and up to £150 million unclaimed in the building society sector.
The Government have encouraged the sector to build on its pre-existing arrangements to reunite dormant account holders with their money. The Government welcome the response of the industry and in particular the publicised launch of mylostaccount.org.uk by the British Bankers Association, Building Societies Association and National Savings and Investments in January. The Government also welcome the commitment of individual banks and building societies to undertake proactive search activity throughout 2008 and up to the introduction of the scheme.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fees were paid to private contractors for the operation and maintenance of his Departments buildings in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Angela Eagle: The Treasury building at 1 Horse Guards road operates and is maintained under a PFI contract. The annual unitary payment made under that contract is £14.037 million at March 1999 prices. The Treasury building at Rosebery Court in Norwich operates and is maintained under an OGCbuying.solutions framework contract. Payments made under that contract in the 12 months from September 2006 totalled some £814,000.
Angela Eagle: The number of press officers employed within the Chancellors Department continues to be 10 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Currently HMT employs nine full time press officers and will be recruiting to fill the vacancy.
Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron), 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1077W. Ministers and civil servants have used Dorneywood for official events over the past 12 months. Dorneywood is held in trust for use as an official residence, as has been the case under successive Administrations. It is the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and is also available to Ministers and their civil servants for official engagements. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such engagements.
Angela Eagle: Overall, CPI inflation has remained very close to its 2 per cent. target in recent months, despite the peak in food price inflation. The Government will publish their latest assessment of recent economic developments and prospects in the Financial Statement and Budget Report on 12 March, in the normal way.
Philip Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1198W to Question 184207, on inflation, if he will calculate the likely effect on the overall rate of inflation of increasing the police forces net pay by (a) 2.5 per cent. and (b) 1.9 per cent. over the next two years. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department received in fines levied on Network Rail in each year since its inception; and what his policy is on re-allocating such monies. 
When a private sector body is fined the receipt does not benefit the budget of the individual body that imposed the fine, instead it returns to the Consolidated Fund and benefits public sector finances.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Langley) of 21 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1567-69W, on Pay: Public Sector, when he expects data for 2007 to be available. 
Yvette Cooper: Information on the average earnings index is publicly available from the Office of National Statistics at www.statistics.gov.uk. The average earnings index is found within the monthly release of the Labour Market Statistics. The most recent edition (January) of the Labour Market Statistics can be found at: