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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of bottled water were purchased by his Department in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of the Energy-using Products Directives provisions on supply system bundles on levels of waste from 2013. 
Joan Ruddock: The Governments Market Transformation Programme is currently assessing the full range of possible impacts of the implementation of the Energy Using Products Directive, based on the Commissions current proposals.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1101W, on environmental protection, how much of the funding received by the Environment Agency has been spent on purposes related to the detection and prosecution of environmental offences, including fly-tipping in each of these years; and what the projected allocation is of future business resource efficiency and waste funding to the Environment Agency (a) in total and (b) for these purposes in the next three years. 
Joan Ruddock: From April 2008, the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme will be amalgamated into a single, more focused approach of allocating DEFRA funding to increase resource efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Funding to delivery bodies working on business resource efficiency will continue in the next spending period, beginning in 2008-09. The following table shows the allocation of BREW funding to the Environment Agency between 2005 and 2008 and the comparable amount of funding allocated to similar projects in 2008-09.
The table also shows how much of the money that was received by the Environment Agency under the BREW Programme was allocated to the detection and prosecution of environmental crime, with the comparable amount of funding allocated to similar projects in 2008-09 shown alongside.
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(2) Former BREW.
(3) Indicative only.
(4) Indicative budget to be confirmed.
(5) To be confirmed.
DEFRA is still in discussion with the Environment Agency to finalise the use of funding that it is receiving in 2008-09 for activities formerly funded by the BREW Programme. The full indicative allocations for 2008-09 are as follows:
£1.5 million: Waste crime (includes £ 0.5 million capital expenditure)
£0.75 million: NetRegsan internet based service providing free environmental guidance for small businesses in the UK to help them comply with environmental legislation.
£0.5 million: Waste protocols.
In recent years, the Environment Agency has typically spent approximately £14 million per annum on the enforcement and prosecution of illegal waste activity. This figure represents the full costs incurred by the Environment Agency and does not take into account any costs they may recover through the courts.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Departments policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official departmental functions and meetings; and if he will make a statement. 
Departmental policy is to promote fairtrade goods through voluntary non-contractual means. From information held centrally, 100 per cent. of the tea, coffee and chocolate provided for hospitality functions is free trade. Members of staff have the option of buying fairtrade products in staff catering facilities and have been encouraged to purchase fairtrade products through awareness raising campaigns.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1624W, what the number of vessels he has identified for decommissioning is; and if he will make a statement; 
Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA officials are currently working on the form of a potential decommissioning scheme for under 10 metre vessels. If I decide that a decommissioning scheme is appropriate, I would expect to be in a position to formally consult on the details of such a scheme in the summer of this year. Until then, it is not possible to say whether vessels will be identified for decommissioning. Previous schemes have not identified vessels, but set parameters within which certain vessels would be eligible.
The final cost of any decommissioning scheme is related to the scheme design, the monies available, and the number of vessel owners that apply to decommission their vessels. For planning purposes, I have set aside up to £5 million and would draw on funds both from the EU and national sources.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the change in the number of vulnerable households that will receive new central heating as a result of the 20 per cent. reduction in the Warm Front budget. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on border security and enforcement in each of the last three financial years. 
Jonathan Shaw: A number of DEFRA agencies undertake a range of activities at the border, including the Environment Agency, Animal Health and the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate. However, disaggregated costs for security and enforcement are not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that funding will be available for (a) rural community council and (b) local measures to aid the supply of affordable rural housing to continue when Rural Social and Community Programme funding ends in March. 
Jonathan Shaw: The Rural Social and Community Programme (RSCP) was always intended to be a time-limited, two-year programme. It also included a specific requirement that beneficiaries plans should include preparations for the closure of the scheme in March 2008. The Government recently recognised the importance of the rural community councils (RCCs) by announcing new funding worth over £10 million to the network over the next three years.
Further areas of search for reefs and submarine structures made by leaking gases will be surveyed by JNCC in 2008, 2009 and 2010 on the Scottish Continental Shelf, the offshore area in the North West of Scotland and the Irish Sea.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the loss of marine biodiversity to be halted; what progress is being made to achieve this; and if he will make a statement. 
The establishment of an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas will help us to meet this goal. Currently we have 151 protected sites with marine features in the UK. This includes 76 Special Protections Areas with marine habitats for birds, 72 Special Areas of Conservation with marine habitats or species, and three statutory marine nature reserves.
To help us to understand the state of our marine biodiversity, we are currently developing indicators to report on marine ecosystem integrity. This will contribute to the UKs reporting on the progress being made towards the commitment made under the Convention on Biological Diversity to
halt the decline of biodiversity by 2010.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has identified any potential multi-purpose marine protected areas; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes have been made to the Marine Strategy Directive since the original draft was published; whether any of these changes reflect the Governments position as stated in the European Standing Committee on the Strategy for the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment on 14 February 2006; what representations his Department made to the European Commission and EU counterparts following that European Standing Committee meeting; what the Governments current policy on the Directive is; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: Agreement has been reached on the terms of a draft Marine Strategy Directive following its Second Reading at the European Parliament in December 2007. The draft directive is due to be presented to council shortly for adoption.
The outcome fully reflects the Governments priorities, and incorporates important changes from the first draft in relation to cost effectiveness and risk-based management (Article 14), co-operation through the regional seas conventions, and the role of the European Commission. The UK was also closely involved in drafting an acceptable definition of good environmental status (GES) and ensuring that the descriptors of GES in Annex I are based on the status of the environment rather than the reduction in certain human pressures. The UK Government made substantive representations on the draft directive in the normal way, through council working groups and at council.
The directive will require member states to take the necessary measures to achieve and maintain good environmental status of their waters by 2020 at the latest. This is challenging, but achievable, with sensible safeguards on cost effectiveness and will help member states deliver better protection for their waters. We are already establishing the measures necessary to assess our waters. The Marine Bill will enable the UK to take a leading role in implementing the directive in a way which reflects UK needs and priorities.
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