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Ground Water: Pollution

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 735-6W, on ground water: pollution, what plans he has to initiate research into the level of groundwater contamination in the UK and to publish a strategic plan detailing the level of (a) contamination and (b) clean water. [196360]


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Mr. Woolas: In 2006 the Environment Agency published a report which identified the main risks to and impacts on groundwater quality. The Environment Agency has also carried out a groundwater protection policy review, which provides information on the key issues surrounding the contamination of groundwater. I have arranged for a copy of both documents to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

As part of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the agencies must prepare assessments of the risks to, and the status of, groundwater bodies in the UK and prepare strategic plans to meet WFD objectives. Preliminary risk assessments were published in 2004. These will be revised and published, together with status maps and proposed actions, in the draft River Basin District Management Plans. We expect these to issue for public consultation in December 2008.

Hare Coursing

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of illegal hare-coursing in England since the implementation of the Hunting Act 2004. [195758]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA has made no assessment of the extent of illegal hare-coursing in England since the implementation of the Hunting Act 2004.

Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households received at least one main measure under the Warm Front Scheme in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08, broken down by local authority area. [195120]

Mr. Woolas: I have arranged for the information requested to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Incinerators: Pollution

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much air pollution control residue from incinerators was treated and disposed of in Gloucestershire in the latest period for which figures are available; what percentage of the UK's total this represents; and if he will make a statement. [196595]

Jonathan Shaw: During 2007, Gloucestershire treated and disposed of 22,170 tonnes of air pollution control residues; this represents 15 per cent. of the total in England and Wales.

Nature Conservation: Wildlife

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to give equal consideration to native and non-native species in exercising his powers on species to be added to and removed from the list of species in Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; and if he will make a statement. [197008]


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Joan Ruddock: In view of the EU-wide import ban on wild birds and sales controls under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, I announced in Westminster Hall on 23 January that non-native species would not be considered for retention on or addition to schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

No decision has yet been taken on which native species should remain on or be added to schedule 4.

Planning Permission: Gleadthorpe Farm

Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bids were received for the former ADAS site at Gleadthorpe, Nottinghamshire; who the successful bidder was; what plans are being made to return the site to native heathland; and if he will make a statement. [196337]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 26 March 2008]: The Department received six bids by informal tender for Gleadthorpe Grange Farm.

The Department has given very careful consideration to the value for money to the public purse of each proposal received, including the financial, environmental and biodiversity benefits of the individual bids. The Department has also considered whether the benefits of any particular offer provided enhanced value or efficiency in terms of policy delivery when compared to normal spending programmes.

Detailed consideration was given to the value for money offered by a proposal which would have seen the land returned to forestry. The Department concluded that insufficient quantifiable efficiencies arose in excess of those offered by the use of normal spending methods, and as a consequence, the Department felt unable to progress this proposal further.

The Department concluded that the maximum economic value should be accepted in the case of this disposal.

For reasons of commercial confidence and contractual negotiation, the Department is unable to identify the preferred bidder at this time. The details of the successful purchaser will become a public record at the Land Registry upon completion of the sale.

It is understood the land will remain in agricultural use.

Sugar: Subsidies

Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid to farmers for the production of a pound of sugar on the most recent date for which figures are available; what subsidy was available per pound for exporting sugar; what tariff was applied per pound import of sugar from outside the EU; what national derogations from the EU sugar regime are in place; and how revenue from sugar imports is allocated. [195711]

Jonathan Shaw: Council Regulation (EC) No. 318/2006 sets a minimum price of €29.78 per tonne for raw sugar beet supplied by farmers in the 2007-08 marketing year. It is important to note that this is a minimum price; the
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actual price is subject to commercial agreements between British Sugar and their growers, for which there are no official figures.

Export subsidies are the subject of competitive tender. The most recent tender took place on 13 March 2008, resulting in a maximum export refund for successful bidders of €32.947 per 100 kg.

Imports of both white sugar and raw cane sugar are subject to a range of controls depending upon the country of origin. Duty-free import regimes exist between the EU and a wide range of developing countries through the Sugar Protocol and Everything But Arms arrangements. In circumstances where an import duty is payable, this is currently set at €33.9 per 100 kg for raw sugar for refining and €41.9 per 100 kg for white sugar. Import duties on all commodities are collected by HM Revenue and Customs on behalf of the Exchequer.

The EU sugar regime is applicable in all member states, including the United Kingdom.

In each case above, the prices are set in Euros and metric weights.

Sustainable Development: Aviation

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have met representatives of (i) Friends of the Earth, (ii) Greenpeace, (iii) WWF-UK, (iv) Airportwatch, (v) Stop Stansted Expansion, (vi) Plane Stupid, (vii) the Aviation Environment Federation, (viii) Enoughsenough, (ix) Hacan Clearskies, (x) the Campaign to Protect Rural England, (xi) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and (xii) the Woodland Trust to discuss issues related to the sustainable growth of aviation in the UK in the last six months; and how often such meetings have taken place. [185805]

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times Ministers or officials from his Department have met representatives of (a) Friends of the Earth, (b) Greenpeace, (c) WWF, (d) Aviation Environment Federation, (e) AirportWatch, (f) HACAN Clearskies, (g) Stop Stansted Expansion, (h) Plane Stupid, (i) the Commission for the Protection of Rural England, (j) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (k) The Woodland Trust and (l) Enoughsenough to discuss the environmental impact of aviation since September 2007. [186692]

Mr. Woolas: Ministers and officials have met on several occasions with key stakeholders to discuss various issues including aviation.

Of particular note is my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn)’s launch of the Climate Change Bill in October 2007. Representatives from several organisations attended. Aviation growth was referred to during the question and answer session which followed.

In addition, the Secretary of State and myself attended a meeting in December 2007 before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
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Change talks in Bali with representatives from Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund UK and others.

Waste Management: Finance

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what funding has been provided to local authorities in Northern Ireland from the waste and resources action programme in the last five years; [192180]

(2) what support the waste and resources action programme has given to local authorities in Northern Ireland in the last 24 months. [192315]

Joan Ruddock: The waste and resources action programme (WRAP) do receive funding from Northern Ireland to carry out work commissioned by the Northern Ireland Executive. The funding is dependent on the amount and value of the work carried out on its behalf, which is agreed between WRAP and the Northern Ireland Executive and is a devolved matter.

Waste Management: Landfill

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he
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has made of the amount of waste per person sent to landfill in each local authority area in England in each year since 1997. [197407]

Joan Ruddock: The amount of municipal waste per person sent to landfill by local authorities with a waste disposal duty in England are shown in the following table. These data are reported annually to DEFRA by local authorities through WasteDataFlow (for 2004-5 onwards) and through the Municipal Waste Management Survey for earlier years. 2004-5 was a pilot year for WasteDataFlow and therefore complete data are not available. Data for 1997-8 are not available at individual local authority level.

Most municipal waste (an average of around 87 per cent. in England) is from household sources. However, some waste sent to landfills is from non-municipal sources such as the commercial, industrial and construction sectors, and this is not included in these figures. The estimates for each local authority represent the amount which is collected in their area and then sent for disposal in landfill regardless of the landfill site's location.

Population estimates for each local authority for each year are those published by the Office for National Statistics.


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Municipal waste to landfill, per person
Government region Authority 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

North East

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

504

515

520

512

526

531

527

513

564

North East

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

547

513

514

576

617

584

n/a

546

558

North East

Middlesbrough Borough Council

498

483

486

492

528

523

562

557

638

North East

Hartlepool Borough Council

505

514

533

558

550

568

617

588

602

North East

Darlington Borough Council

520

608

617

672

732

676

n/a

643

684

North East

Durham County Council

576

577

602

617

647

650

n/a

612

604

North East

Northumberland County Council

477

504

580

611

646

640

n/a

588

594

North East

Sunderland City Council

491

529

546

581

614

588

572

567

569

North East

South Tyneside MBC

461

472

481

508

519

556

n/a

614

607

North East

North Tyneside Council

471

481

515

600

627

635

695

699

666

North East

Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council MBC

590

441

471

668

667

660

n/a

656

649

North East

Gateshead MBC

788

903

930

958

1,096

1,042

625

594

582

North West

Warrington Borough Council

614

626

612

594

647

588

n/a

577

583

North West

Halton Borough Council

550

570

606

604

634

662

n/a

623

625

North West

Cheshire County Council

575

623

659

642

665

647

n/a

643

635

North West

Cumbria County Council

531

594

570

584

682

673

n/a

724

708

North West

Wigan MBC

597

547

535

676

744

855

845

744

671

North West

Greater Manchester WDA (MBC)

539

562

578

649

661

674

n/a

571

596

North West

Blackpool Borough Council

575

637

637

644

628

660

n/a

602

590

North West

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

494

503

507

551

555

551

622

578

556

North West

Lancashire County Council

514

577

578

587

586

571

n/a

569

580

North West

Merseyside WDA (MBC)

523

568

570

587

611

611

n/a

616

633

Yorkshire/Humber

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

550

557

558

599

615

623

647

626

640

Yorkshire/Humber

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

541

585

576

563

600

611

623

583

561

Yorkshire/Humber

North East Lincolnshire Council

461

566

540

564

579

594

n/a

594

583

Yorkshire/Humber

North Lincolnshire Council

646

665

641

671

696

689

685

646

649

Yorkshire/Humber

York City Council

592

622

609

630

645

646

n/a

639

638

Yorkshire/Humber

North Yorkshire County Council

557

621

646

652

661

663

n/a

644

658

Yorkshire/Humber

Sheffield City Council

482

536

518

572

467

450

479

478

476

Yorkshire/Humber

Rotherham MBC

645

587

620

603

536

530

554

536

541

Yorkshire/Humber

Doncaster MBC

621

643

709

688

722

639

685

663

639

Yorkshire/Humber

Barnsley MBC

593

644

637

662

603

598

n/a

604

589

Yorkshire/Humber

Leeds City Council MBC

484

537

546

545

560

509

n/a

506

489

Yorkshire/Humber

Kirklees MBC

650

645

640

627

622

590

614

607

595

Yorkshire/Humber

Wakefield City MDC

618

635

663

672

641

624

n/a

611

608

Yorkshire/Humber

Bradford City MDC (MBC)

481

522

566

571

617

634

n/a

547

564

Yorkshire/Humber

Calderdale MBC

513

387

435

548

565

532

481

468

469

E Midlands

Derby City Council

498

484

499

529

549

546

n/a

542

563

E Midlands

Derbyshire County Council

502

464

528

543

538

534

n/a

525

536

E Midlands

Rutland County Council

596

609

591

585

571

536

548

557

542

E Midlands

Leicester City Council

427

486

496

517

530

612

n/a

511

518

E Midlands

Leicestershire County Council

578

558

567

584

605

596

n/a

598

591

E Midlands

Lincolnshire County Council

461

501

499

524

512

516

n/a

542

533

E Midlands

Northamptonshire County Council

524

577

576

601

616

571

n/a

569

587

E Midlands

Nottingham City Council

580

600

592

663

696

679

n/a

672

712

E Midlands

Nottinghamshire County Council

576

592

595

626

616

613

n/a

576

578

W Midlands

Herefordshire Council

409

497

489

524

593

594

607

561

574

W Midlands

Worcestershire County Council

520

564

564

565

587

587

n/a

568

576

W Midlands

Telford and Wrekin Council

561

655

637

609

593

560

588

566

578

W Midlands

Shropshire County Council

548

587

587

614

592

586

n/a

608

621

W Midlands

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

533

558

551

568

604

613

631

591

569

W Midlands

Staffordshire County Council

548

597

577

589

599

589

n/a

547

581

W Midlands

Warwickshire County Council

530

546

545

579

578

570

n/a

585

606

W Midlands

Wolverhampton MBC

547

543

521

671

719

679

n/a

634

620

W Midlands

Walsall MBC

514

538

590

573

596

583

610

593

568

W Midlands

Solihull MBC

456

408

449

512

477

486

n/a

505

479

W Midlands

Sandwell MBC

443

449

475

519

541

560

n/a

526

488

W Midlands

Dudley MBC

422

444

451

435

464

458

n/a

457

471

W Midlands

Coventry City Council

550

605

597

607

607

597

n/a

598

586

W Midlands

Birmingham City Council

546

544

546

548

540

544

n/a

555

574

Eastern

Luton Borough Council

495

529

527

561

552

566

531

532

563

Eastern

Bedfordshire County Council

584

618

570

649

626

592

n/a

554

542

Eastern

Peterborough City Council

471

540

540

560

586

579

630

631

635

Eastern

Cambridgeshire County Council

454

489

488

510

496

498

n/a

551

565

Eastern

Thurrock Council

560

542

453

503

663

519

513

510

537

Eastern

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

602

578

606

595

618

591

n/a

544

550

Eastern

Essex County Council

531

526

585

554

553

545

n/a

546

543

Eastern

Hertfordshire County Council

493

520

520

546

537

521

n/a

543

564

Eastern

Norfolk County Council

515

540

530

539

540

511

n/a

505

502

Eastern

Suffolk County Council

554

550

555

574

574

568

n/a

565

617

London

Bexley LB

511

572

642

644

676

604

614

612

610

London

Tower Hamlets LB

463

486

500

499

513

500

n/a

482

503

London

City of London

11,886

10,777

10,361

9,427

8,199

6,782

5,713

4,817

5,685

London

Westminster City Council

1,405

1,350

1,250

1,116

1,022

964

929

773

828

London

East London Waste Authority

574

482

612

620

620

575

n/a

554

555

London

North London Waste Authority

542

570

576

569

574

576

n/a

568

570

London

Southwark LB

513

494

525

514

525

531

n/a

536

518

London

Lewisham LB

445

520

518

505

465

552

n/a

572

554

London

Greenwich LB

521

605

708

631

605

554

529

488

523

London

Sutton LB

472

574

531

507

528

556

n/a

563

516

London

Merton LB

578

608

525

526

543

526

n/a

494

487

London

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

504

574

560

544

550

511

n/a

517

486

London

Croydon LB

526

571

619

583

612

591

n/a

545

563

London

Bromley LB

516

647

646

667

608

578

n/a

580

569

London

West London Waste Authority

587

593

583

598

603

593

n/a

563

553

London

Western Riverside Waste Authority

589

599

599

585

571

549

n/a

499

515

S East

Wokingham Council

454

499

499

512

449

502

514

490

497

S East

Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council

650

651

632

671

657

615

534

528

511

S East

Slough Borough Council

550

463

497

568

557

630

566

514

523

S East

Reading Borough Council

522

574

585

625

624

582

580

552

544

S East

West Berkshire District Council

563

558

564

579

618

549

n/a

563

576

S East

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

510

512

522

652

544

532

646

604

574

S East

Milton Keynes Council

447

453

446

543

545

544

575

576

595

S East

Buckinghamshire County Council

506

535

531

550

563

554

n/a

557

554

S East

Brighton and Hove Council

485

538

455

464

461

462

n/a

443

450

S East

East Sussex County Council

504

519

560

534

547

547

n/a

556

549

S East

Southampton City Council

472

498

495

508

541

532

n/a

563

534

S East

Portsmouth City Council

488

533

535

517

502

451

462

461

440

S East

Hampshire County Council

512

547

554

562

566

547

n/a

542

557

S East

Isle of Wight Council

485

582

560

586

606

607

570

580

599

S East

Medway Borough Council

479

502

484

545

535

546

561

560

544

S East

Kent County Council

508

534

542

563

586

597

n/a

592

586

S East

Oxfordshire County Council

497

503

493

517

527

503

n/a

501

539

S East

Surrey County Council

564

523

545

558

568

589

n/a

575

567

S East

West Sussex County Council

570

633

648

614

611

599

n/a

598

604

S West

Council of the Isles of Scilly

1,869

1,805

1,708

1,668

1,633

1,765

1,646

1,721

1,592

S West

Bath and North East Somerset Council

479

506

584

574

592

610

620

571

567

S West

Bristol City Council

460

485

485

507

528

516

501

478

446

S West

Cornwall County Council

517

539

556

571

584

602

n/a

624

624

S West

Torbay Council

485

499

479

640

532

538

626

616

604

S West

Plymouth City Council

624

604

666

711

690

652

n/a

670

626

S West

Devon County Council

504

532

545

573

587

570

n/a

584

591

S West

Poole Borough Council

588

644

647

669

688

631

704

703

711

S West

Bournemouth Borough Council

689

666

677

676

721

664

n/a

627

604

S West

Dorset County Council

536

528

536

544

565

550

n/a

559

575

S West

Gloucestershire County Council

468

481

487

491

503

511

n/a

541

565

S West

North Somerset Council

513

543

560

604

612

581

616

584

547

S West

Somerset County Council

529

558

575

610

669

646

n/a

580

588

S West

South Gloucestershire Council

547

581

553

549

558

550

671

584

586

S West

Swindon Borough Council

432

452

459

558

453

495

519

501

527

S West

Wiltshire County Council

484

501

500

555

574

575

n/a

580

587

Source: WasteDataFlow for 2004-5 onwards, Municipal Waste Management Survey for earlier years. ONS mid year population estimates. 2004-5 was a pilot year for WDF and hence data are not available for all authorities. Data are municipal waste collected and sent for disposal in landfill by each local authority.

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