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Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many school sports co-ordinators were introduced in (a) Stockton South constituency, (b) Teesside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since their inception. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The School Sport Partnership (SSP) infrastructure of Partnership Development Managers, School Sport Coordinators and Primary Link Teachers was rolled out in stages between 2000 and 2006.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 639W, on sports: schools, how many of the competition managers will be senior competition managers. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls under the age of 16 met the physical activity recommendations of 60 minutes or more of activity of at least moderate intensity on all days of the week in each year for which figures are available; 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested is not collected centrally. The National School Sport Survey measures the percentage of children aged five to 16 doing at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport each week. The 2006-07 survey shows that this currently stands at 86 per cent. Copies of the survey results have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools (a) there are and (b) are planned in the (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) Hertfordshire and (iv) London. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools (a) closed and (b) opened in England in each year since 1997; and how many diving pools are open to the public. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Information on pool openings and closures across England was not collected centrally prior to 2004, when the Active Places database of sports facilities across England was established. The most recent information from Sport England indicates the number of pools (not sites) opened and closed in each year since 2004 is:
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will reply to the letters of 16 July and 22 October 2007 from the hon. Member for North East Hampshire, requesting an internal review and revised decision under the Freedom of Information Act 2005. 
Edward Miliband: I have received the hon. Members letter of 6 February requesting that his letters of 16 July and 24 October 2007 be treated as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A response will be sent shortly.
Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what advice or guidance his Department provides to other departments on (a) the stage in the legislative process at which impact assessments should be carried out and (b) the purpose of impact assessments. 
In May 2007 Government introduced the revised impact assessment process to improve clarity and transparency of new regulations, including new requirements to summarise both the rationale for government intervention and evidence supporting the final proposal.
The revised guidance supporting this process is clear that impact assessments should be developed from the earliest stages of policy making in order to assess the costs, benefits and impact of regulatory proposals. This guidance is available at:
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidelines he has issued for trade union representatives in the Civil Service on their use of (a) paid and (b) unpaid time off work on trades union duties, with particular reference to (i) political campaigning and (ii) party political activity. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Copeland of 10 January 2008, if he will publish single farm payments (a) made to individual farmers, (b) broken down by size of farm and (c) broken down by size of payment. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why farmers are not permitted to bury fallen stock; and what regard has been given to the environmental effects of such a ban. 
The ban on burying fallen stock on-farm was introduced by the EU Animal By-Products Regulation 1774/2002. The Regulation aims to protect public and animal health from any potential risks associated with the burial of fallen
stock. It was introduced on a precautionary basis, influenced by evidence provided in a number of scientific opinions from the EU's scientific steering committee.
The environmental effects of such a ban have not been assessed. However, the voluntary National Fallen Stock scheme, run by the National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo), operates in a way that encourages as many local operators as possible to collect fallen stock and limits the carcase miles travelled.
The EU Animal By-Products Regulation that imposed the burial ban also provides for the approval of new disposal methods once their effectiveness has been assessed by the European Food Safety Authority. One potential method undergoing research, and in which the NFSCo has taken an interest, is the use of bioreducers. Subject to this research eventually being submitted for, and passing, such an assessment, these may provide a route for on-farm disposal of some fallen stock in the future.
Jonathan Shaw: Animals can be kept in quarantine at zoos, research centres, and temporary holding facilities at ports or airports. On rare occasions, additional premises such as film sets have been approved using zoo specifications. All such quarantine facilities are inspected and approved by Animal Health and supervised by a veterinary superintendent.
Conditions are laid down for disease security, but the rabies order contains no provision for welfare rules in quarantine facilities. However, the normal welfare legislation conditions for zoos, research centres, etc. still apply.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how his Department monitors the Voluntary Code in relation to the welfare of animals in quarantine premises; and if he will make a statement; 
Jonathan Shaw: Animal Health monitors compliance with the Voluntary Code, but does not enforce it. As the code is voluntary, Animal Health can only insist that transgressing quarantine kennels withdraw from the scheme and remove the compliance statement from their literature.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department has received from (a) independent and (b) international experts on H5N1 virus surveillance strategy; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 25 February 2008]: The Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA), in its role as a World and EU Community Reference Laboratory for avian influenza, collaborates at an international level with many leading institutes so that information and expert advice can be shared. In particular, the VLA chairs and leads a working group, which conducts detailed scientific analysis of wild bird surveillance (AIWBS) data on avian influenza from all EU member states; this helps to continually advise and develop the European AIWBS strategy. In addition, the VLA provides direct advice, through its expert consultants, to DEFRA, EU member states, and the European Commission.
The VLA also participates in global projects to improve and continuously develop surveillance strategies with a particular focus on HPAI H5N1. This is achieved via a number of formal partnerships funded through EU projects, and also by close interactions with international organisations such as the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
DEFRA obtains expert advice on the ecology and biology of waterfowl and other wild birds from the Ornithological Expert Panel, which comprises representatives from the major international non-governmental organisations working in this field, along with Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
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