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Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of the contracts between his Department and Eaga in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Joan Ruddock: All wild birds are protected in the UK under the EC directive on the conservation of wild birds (the Birds directive), which is implemented in Great Britain by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Habitats Regulations 1994. Similar provisions are in place in Northern Ireland.
Species that are at risk from their international trade are also subject to controls under EU regulations that implement the convention on the international trade in endangered species (CITES). In accordance with Council Regulation 338/97, such species, notably birds of prey, require the issuance of permits or certificates before they can be commercially traded internationally. Such permits or certificates are issued dependent on a non-detriment finding assessment.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what internal drainage boards (IDBs) there are in the south west of England; what discussions are planned between IDBs, the Environment Agency and the South West Regional Development Agency on flooding; and if he will make a statement. 
These are the West Mendip Drainage Board, Central Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards (which includes the Upper Axe the Upper Brue), North Somerset (2005) Drainage Board, Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium (which includes the Lower Axe, Lower Brue and Parrett), the Lower Severn Drainage Board and the Braunton Marsh Drainage Board.
The Environment Agency is working with the Regional Development Agency in partnership with local authorities on regeneration schemes. Where applicable the Environment Agency has involved the IDBs in discussions on strategic flood mitigation studies associated with these regeneration projects.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average contribution made by pensioners in (a) North Durham and (b) England to the cost of the package of insulation and heating improvements available under the Warm Front scheme was in the last two years. 
Mr. Woolas: Between 1 April 2006 and 25 January 2008 of those pensioner households with an excess to pay, the average contribution made to the Warm Front Scheme for (a) North Durham was £459.74, and (b) England was £502.92.
Mr. Woolas: Warm Front is subject to twice yearly performance reviews by DEFRA's independent quality assessors to ensure that the scheme is providing value for money. These assessors also provide ad hoc reviews of individual elements of Warm Front operation, as required.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much he has allocated to Warm Front for each financial year between 2008 and 2011; what Warm Front's budget was for 2007-08; and what estimate he has made of the number of vulnerable households that will have central heating installed as a result of the scheme in each year to 2011. 
The scheme's budget for the 2008-2011 period is approximately £800 million, with the yearly breakdown yet to be finalised. It is therefore not possible to provide yearly estimates for the number of central heating systems installed.
However, over the entire three year period we anticipate Warm Front providing approximately 250,000 heating systems, although this will be dependent on the number of insulation measures delivered over this period.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency first knew of the open admission to shared liability at (a) Brosfiscin and (b) other Welsh landfill sites; and what steps he has taken as a result. 
In the context of its investigations pursuant to part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Environment Agency is unaware of any admissions of shared liability at Brofiscin or other Welsh landfill sites.
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will monitor captive breeding claims of species removed from schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; and if he will assess the resource implications of such monitoring for (a) devolved administrations and (b) agencies. 
Any species removed from schedule 4 but included on Annex A of the EU convention on the international trade in endangered species (CITES) regulations will continue to be closely monitored by Animal Health and its scientific advisers (the Joint Nature Conservation Committee). This is not a devolved responsibility and Animal Health carries out this duty UK-wide. As this is already part of its normal duties it will have no additional resource implications.
For non-CITES species, Natural England will consider whether stringent sales controls are required. Natural England will also consider whether individual licences would be appropriate for species based on threats to their conservation status.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legal advice the Environment Agency has sought in the last week concerning activities at 4 Gun Field in Upchurch, Sittingbourne. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of plastic shopping bags sent to landfill in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last three years. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in establishing the Wet Washland scheme to protect Shrewsbury and other towns on the River Severn from future flooding. 
This will assess the technical, environmental and economic viability of a stand alone flood storage area immediately upstream of Shrewsbury and will combine with the proposed Shrewsbury North West Relief Road scheme. The study will be completed at the end of April 2008.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to publish its Customs CITES seizures report for 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ruddock: DEFRA will publish the HM Revenue and Customs seizures for 2007 on the UK CITES website by August 2008. HM Revenue and Customs also publish summary seizure data for the financial year in its departmental annual report, which is due to be published this spring.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average domestic water bill in England and Wales in cash terms, including sewerage charges, in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. 
Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provisions of the Water Industry Act 1999 enable customers to request the installation of individual water meters in sheltered accommodation. 
There are no specific provisions in legislation for sheltered accommodation. Where a tenant of a property has a fixed term tenancy lasting longer than six months, or is an owner-occupier, and is directly liable for the charges related to their water supply to the relevant undertaker, they are able to
request a meter be installed without charge. Companies can refuse to install a meter where it is not practicable or is unreasonably expensive to fit one.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the policy is of (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) Downing street, on whether air flights should be made by standard class, business class or first class travel; 
(2) what criteria are used to determine whether those undertaking air travel on behalf of (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office are entitled to travel standard, business and first class. 
Cabinet Office policy requires officials to use the most cost effective class of air travel appropriate to the business need which takes account of the level of work that needs to be done during the flight and the importance of minimising fatigue. Standard class should normally be used but where the circumstances are justified, including longer flights, officials may travel in a higher class. Seats may be up-graded to a higher class where this does not involve additional cost.
In December 2007 guidance was issued to staff regarding the implementation of additional procedures being introduced to protect the storage of data on removable media and on the use of laptops and other storage devices.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if the Cabinet Office will collate and publish a list for each Government department, executive agency and non-departmental public body, of which public authorities process personal data in processing centres directly or via contractors outside the European Economic Area. 
The Data Protection Act 1998 includes provisions to ensure that personal data benefits from adequate protection when it is transferred outside the European Economic Area by UK data controllers. Data controllers are responsible for ensuring they comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act with regard to the transfer of personal data to non-EEA
countries. This means that the primary responsibility for putting in place and monitoring appropriate arrangements is on the individual department or other public body that acts as data controller.
As part of cross-Government work on data handling, the Government have committed to put in place a programme to tighten procedures for any data stored outside the UK written ministerial statement of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. An update on this commitment will be included in the final report, expected in spring 2008.
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