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Departmental Travel

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of his Department's overall expenditure was spent on such travel in each such year. [181524]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA came into being in June 2001. This information requested for each of the last 10 years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. For the period April 2006 to December 2007 inclusive, and from information held centrally, core-DEFRA, the Animal Health Agency, the Centre for Environmental, Fisheries and Aqua-Cultural Science, the Government Decontamination Service, and the Rural Payments Agency the information on expenditure on travel within and outside the UK by officials is:

£
Rail Air Road

Within UK

2,784,667

516,166

2,451,884

Outside UK

985,945

2,930,924

135,975


The Department Report 2007 records total departmental spending as £3,718,167,000. Travel expenditure by officials is approximately 0.26 per cent. of this sum.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade. [187524]

Jonathan Shaw: From information held centrally, the core Department spent £1,285,766 on first class travel in the period January to December 2007 inclusive. Information on first class travel expenditure by
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DEFRA'S agencies and non-departmental bodies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The expenditure analysis by staff grade is:

Travel type Grade Spend

Air

6

5,331.20

7

19,353.70

SEO

284.90

SCS

12,517.20

Rail

5

49,161.64

6

191,266.76

7

352,800.38

AA

8,939.65

AO

32,395.75

EO

53,182.15

HEO

160,318.15

SEO

198,710.07

SCS

195,723.10

Unspecified

5,781.42


Dogs: Registration

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dangerous dogs are registered in the UK. [192204]

Jonathan Shaw: Since 1991, there have been 8,916 dogs registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Of these, 1,130 are currently alive.

Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 985W, on waste disposal: domestic wastes, which organisations will carry out the independent evaluation of the rubbish collection charge pilot schemes. [192173]

Joan Ruddock: Powers provided in the Climate Change Bill allow five local authorities to pilot incentives to encourage household waste minimisation and recycling.

An organisation is yet to be appointed to carry out the evaluation.

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 715W, and 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 86W, on domestic wastes: waste disposal, whether the Waste and Resources Action Programme holds data on the frequency of domestic rubbish collection by local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) Scotland. [192183]

Joan Ruddock: As my reply of the 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 715W, stated, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) does not advise
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local authorities in Wales or Scotland, and does not hold data on the frequency of domestic waste collection by Welsh or Scottish authorities.

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposed new charges for the collection of household waste will apply to domestic hereditaments on Crown land. [192186]

Joan Ruddock: Powers provided in the Climate Change Bill allow five local authorities to pilot incentives to encourage household waste minimisation and recycling.

Paragraph 1 of proposed schedule 2AA, which sets out the rules for the schemes, allows an authority to apply schemes to any domestic premises within the definition given in paragraph 16 of schedule 2AA. This definition of domestic premises includes domestic hereditaments on Crown land, as it covers any part of a building used wholly for the purposes of living accommodation. It will be up to an authority to decide which premises its scheme will include.

Energy: Conservation

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings his officials have had with the European Commission's Director General for Enterprise and Industry or his representatives where the concerns of UK industry on the application of the Eco design of Energy-using Products Directive were discussed. [188766]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 25 February 2008]: The Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry is jointly leading on the energy using products (EUP) directive with the Directorate General for Energy and Transport.

DEFRA officials regularly meet and discuss issues on an EU level, including on energy efficient products. DEFRA officials attended a number of meetings on the EUP where officials from the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry have been present. These include consultation forum meetings on 22 June, 19 October and 18 December last year, and 22 February this year.

While DEFRA officials have had general discussions on the EUP, no bilateral meetings between DEFRA and the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry have taken place where specific industry concerns have been discussed.

Energy-using Products Framework Directive

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which organisations his Department consulted during the development of the framework for the Energy-using Products Framework Directive; [190508]

(2) if he will hold meetings with interested parties in the three week consultation period on the Energy-using Products Framework Directive in addition to the consultation forum planned for 29 February. [190510]


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Joan Ruddock: My officials held a number of meetings with a very wide range of UK stakeholders during the development and negotiation of the Energy Using Products Framework Directive (EuP), which was finalised in 2005.

Officials from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and DEFRA have met with representatives from the UK boiler and water heaters industry throughout the period in which the EU consultant was undertaking a study to assess the suitability of these products for the development and implementing measure under EuP. The most recent meeting was held on 4 February to discuss the Commission’s first draft proposal for an implementing measure. Written views were also invited ahead of the EU Consultation Forum on 29 February. In addition, officials attended meetings with the European Trade Associations on 28 February in order to learn more about the issues the boiler and heating industry face across Europe. DEFRA officials will continue to engage with the industry on this issue.

Environment Protection: Fixed Penalties

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty notices have been issued under section 47ZA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as amended by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. [192179]

Jonathan Shaw: In the reporting period April 2006 to March 2007, 988 fixed penalty notices were issued under Section 47ZA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Statistics on fixed penalty notices for environmental offences are published on the DEFRA website.

Fisheries

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the European Fisheries Fund National Strategic Plan and Operational Programme was not developed between October and December 2006, as envisaged in his Department’s Autumn 2006 edition of Fishing Focus. [192095]

Jonathan Shaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1623W.

Fisheries: Inspections

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time fishery inspection officers spent in post was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [193144]

Jonathan Shaw: The average length of service of the Fishery Officers in post on 1 January 2008 is 111/2 years.

Fisheries: Quotas

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons a formal consultation paper for quota management
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change proposals was not published in the period January to March 2007, as envisaged in his Department’s Autumn 2006 edition of Fishing Focus; and if he will make a statement. [192090]

Jonathan Shaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1624W.

Floods

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 978W, on floods, whether the Environment Agency charges for access to, or reproduction of, the additional flood mapping data and flood defence information referred to. [192178]

Mr. Woolas: The Environment Agency provides access to additional flood mapping data and flood defence information which is not available on its internet site, or otherwise already reasonably accessible to the public, without charge up to the “appropriate limit” set by the Freedom of Information Act. In the agency's case, this is £450. The agency's standard licence terms and conditions allow members of the public to reproduce the information.

Hazardous Substances: Brofiscin Quarry

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency has taken to identify those responsible for dumping of toxic waste at Brofiscin Quarry; and if he will make a statement. [191940]

Mr. Woolas: This matter is within the devolved responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Hazardous Substances: Waste Management

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) licensed and (b) unlicensed toxic dumps in England need remedial action; what each site contains; who is responsible for taking remedial action; what the estimated cost of remedial action is at each site; and if he will make a statement. [191941]

Mr. Woolas: The Environment Agency is responsible for regulating licensed landfill sites in England and Wales. Landfill sites are categorised as inert, non-hazardous and hazardous as a requirement of the Landfill Directive. There are 16 commercial landfill sites permitted to take hazardous waste and there are nine non-commercial sites that are restricted by waste type. There are a further 48 landfill sites that have permits that allow disposal of limited quantities of particular stable non-reactive hazardous wastes in separate contained cells.

There are approximately 1,596 closed landfill sites that are still authorised under a waste management licence. The Environment Agency estimates that 20 per cent. of these sites may have taken ‘special/hazardous or difficult waste’ and a review of the impact of all closed sites is under way.


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Due to the age of some of the sites and the nature of the legislation prior to 1990 it is not possible to list the content of each of these sites.

Any remedial action required by the Environment Agency at regulated sites would be carried out by and at the expense of the permit or licence holder. The Environment Agency is not responsible for carrying out this work and does not record costs associated with this work.

Heating: EC Law

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what matters were (a) discussed and (b) agreed at the consultation forum on boilers and water heaters in respect of implementation of the Energy-using Products Directive held on 29 February; and if he will make a statement. [192817]

Joan Ruddock: Consultation Forum meetings are an opportunity for the European Commission to discuss their proposals for an implementing measure under the Framework Directive for the eco design of Energy using Products (EuP) with member state representatives and stakeholders. The Consultation Forum is not a decision-making body. The meetings are a first public discussion of the proposals, and are not intended to reach agreement.

At the meeting on 29 February, member states and industry representatives gave initial reactions to the proposals contained in the Commission’s Working Document issued on 31 January.

The formal minutes of the meeting will be available on the Commission’s website in due course.


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