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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow animals subject to the six-day rule to be quarantined on a separate part of the farm. 
Jonathan Shaw: One of Bill Madder's recommendations in the Review of Livestock Movements Controls was: that animals which had spent six days in an approved isolation unit should be exempted from any standstill on the wider holding. Implementing this recommendation requires amending legislation, which is currently being planned.
Mr. Woolas: Regulations were made in December 2002 increasing the area designated as nitrate-vulnerable zones (NVZs), to 55 per cent. of England. The regulatory impact assessment made at the time estimated the total annual cost to farmers of complying with the NVZ regulations to be £21.7 million.
A consultation on proposals to revise the NVZ regulations closed on 13 December 2007. The partial regulatory impact assessment published with that consultation estimates annual costs to farmers of implementing the proposals if they were to proceed, (based on a proposed 70 per cent. NVZ area) to be in the range of £52.8-£105.9 million; it is estimated that mitigating measures identified in the assessment could reduce this to £35.5-£80.8 million.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration on its policies for the management of nuclear waste; and what contribution such discussions have made to the formulation of UK policy. 
Mr. Woolas: DEFRA has lead responsibility for radioactive waste policy and was involved in discussions in early February with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the US Administration about the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. This included potential opportunities for sharing international best practice and technology development in waste management and disposal.
In formulating its recommendations to Government for the long term management of higher activity radioactive waste, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management engaged a wide range of international experts including a number of US specialists. The Committee's recommendations provided a strong basis for the Government consultation 'A Framework for Implementing Geological Disposal' that closed on 2 November 2007.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) paper and cardboard, (b) metal, (c) glass, (d) plastic and (e) other material was collected for recycling and exported for reprocessing in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by region. 
Joan Ruddock: The tonnages of materials collected from household sources sent for recycling and composting by all local authorities in England, and by each region in the last five years for which figures are available, are shown in the following tables(1). This information is also available on the DEFRA website. Tonnages of recyclable materials from non-household sources are not available.
(1) Household waste sent for recycling includes all materials sent for recycling, composting or reuse by local authorities as well as those collected from household sources by private/voluntary organisations. Material which was collected for recycling but actually rejected at collection, by the Material Recycling Facility or at the gate of a recycling reprocessor is excluded. Material diverted from the residual waste stream and accepted for recycling is included.
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|(1 )No regional breakdown available, due to an insufficient response rate.|
DEFRA municipal waste statistics.
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