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|(1) EEDA contribute to the East of England partnership office in Jiangsu Province, China. Collaboration with Essex county council and China British Business Council. No staff employed by EEDA.|
(2) AWM and EMDA jointly fund inward investment activity in USA, Japan, India, Australia, and Sweden as British Midlands. Individual financial contributions are shown. Staff figures shown are the total number in that office.
(3 )NWDA, ONE, and YF jointly fund inward investment activity in USA, Japan (from 2004-05), and Australia. Individual financial contributions are shown. Staff figures shown are the total number in that office.
(4 )Where consultancy services are used, rather than staff paid for by the RDA.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many of the Crown Post Offices currently operated by Post Office Ltd. that are not listed in the Post Office Network Consultation document as proposed for closure are franchised; 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which local authorities have expressed an interest in participating in a strategy to retain post offices in rural areas. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 18 March 2008]: Local authorities interested in retaining post office service provision in their areas are contacting Post Office Ltd about this. I have therefore asked Alan Cook, its Managing Director, to reply direct to the hon. Member listing the local authorities which have expressed a serious interest in maintaining post office service provision at specific offices by means of local government funding.
Mr. McFadden: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) is the lead Government Department for the Regional Economic Performance Public Service Agreement. It also leads on sponsorship of the nine English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).
The RDAs have an important role to play, with other partners, in helping coastal areas in their regions to achieve their full economic potential, as part of wider regional strategies to deliver sustainable growth. The South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) is setting up an RDA-led Coastal Areas Network, which will include local authorities and other regeneration practitioners from the public and private sector. BERR is working closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) in supporting the Network. The Network is expected to hold its first meeting in June.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2008, Question 193055, whether the East of England Regional Development Agency has consulted Essex County Council on the proposed study into the case of congestion in the East of England; and when the agency plans to make the details of the proposed study available to (a) Essex County Council and (b) other stakeholders. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 18 March 2008]: Essex county council has been consulted on the proposed study, firstly through its membership and participation at meetings of the Regional Transport Forum and the East of England Directors of Environment and Transport (EEDET) Strategic Transport Sub-Group, and secondly through a study workshop for local authorities, at which an Essex county council representative was present.
Details of the study are already available to Essex county council and other stakeholders, and will continue to be so until the study completion in June 2008, at which point the final study report will be available to Essex county council and other stakeholders.
Mr. Woolas: We are currently considering responses to the recent consultation on how to implement the Nitrates Directive in England before making recommendations on how to proceed. A report presenting a summary of the consultation results will be published on the DEFRA website in spring 2008.
Joan Ruddock: Section 2 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (the 1981 Act) sets out the hunting seasons for species listed on schedule 2, part 1. Section 5 of the 1981 Act prohibits certain methods of killing or taking wild birds. Hunting seasons for game birds are contained in section 3 of the Game Act 1831.
Natural England can grant licences under section 16 of the 1981 Act to enable the hunting of species not listed on schedule 2, part 1. These are usually issued to enable falconers to hunt certain species.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason Brabners Chaffee Street, Solicitors have been engaged by the Environment Agency in respect of Brofiscin Quarry. 
The Environment Agency instructed Brabners Chaffe Street LLP, a firm of external solicitors, to act on its behalf in respect of statements made by Mr. Douglas Gowan regarding an employee of the Environment Agency.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his timetable is for the publication of remediation options at Brofiscin Quarry; and what the costs are of such options. 
In accordance with the relevant legislation and statutory guidance, the Environment Agency is currently concluding its remediation options appraisal for Brofiscin quarry. Regulation 15 and schedule 3 of the Contaminated Land (Wales) Regulations 2001
prescribes the information required under section 78R Environmental Protection Act 1990 Act to be placed on a public register. The contaminated land regime does not state when that information should be added to the public register, however, the Environment Agency intends to place it on the public register as soon as reasonably practicable after it is generated.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his timetable is for the publication of a list of appropriate persons in respect of the ongoing pollution of surface and groundwater at Brofiscin. 
Regulation 15 and schedule 3 of the Contaminated Land (Wales) Regulations 2001 prescribes the detail required under section 78R Environmental Protection Act 1990 Act to be placed on a public register. The contaminated land regime does not prescribe a timetable for completion of the investigation, nor does it state when details should be added to the public register. The Environment Agency intends to place the required information on the public register as soon as reasonably practicable after it is generated.
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