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Jonathan Shaw: The Department received 3,929 responses to the public consultation on the Government's draft Marine Bill. In addition, approximately 11,000 postcards were received from the Ramblers' Association supporting the coastal access provisions.
Of the 3,929 responses, 3,504 were campaign responses from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Friends of the Earth. The remaining 425 responses were received from stakeholders including members of the public, public bodies and bodies representing environmental, fisheries, local government, ports, energy, heritage, shipping, aggregates and recreational issues.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Marine Bill will fully implement the provisions necessary to implement the EU Marine Strategy Directive. 
The directive entered into force on 15 July 2008 and member states have two years from that date to transpose it into UK law. The UK will transpose the directive to this timetable using regulations under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972.
Although the Marine Bill will not be used as the legislative vehicle which transposes the directive, the draft Bill includes a range of specific measures and tools to better protect and manage UK marine waters. These will contribute to the directive's goal of achieving good environmental status. The two pieces of legislation can therefore be seen as complementary.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the highest 10 payments made by his Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it were over the last 12 months for which figures are available; which of those cases were (a) contested and (b) uncontested by the Department; and what the nature of the incident was in each case. 
Jonathan Shaw: The highest 10 payments made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it over the last 12 months are as follows:
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects secondary legislation to be brought forward on the transposition of the EU Broiler Chicken Directive into UK law; 
(2) if he will consider the case, when bringing forward secondary legislation to transpose the EU Broiler Chicken Directive into EU law, for setting the UK maximum stocking density at 30kg per square metre; 
We welcome EU directive 2007/43/EC setting out minimum standards for the welfare of broiler chickens, which was agreed in June 2007. The directive
will deliver real welfare benefits for broilers while balancing economic, social and environmental impacts.
There is no maximum stocking density for intensive meat chicken production currently set down in domestic law. A full public consultation will be undertaken early next year on the proposed legislation, including provisions on stocking density.
It will be up to local authorities to decide whether they wish to apply to be a pilot and the form of their proposals, including whether for reward only or charge and reward schemes. All schemes must encourage householders to reduce the amount of waste they produce and increase the amount they recycle.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the fee imposed for stage 2 appeal applications against decisions taken by the Rural Payments Agency; and whether he plans to amend the fee structure for such appeals. 
Jonathan Shaw: An appellant is required to provide a cheque for £100 if they proceed to stage 2 of one of the formal appeal procedures administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). This fee is refunded if the appeal is fully or partially successful. The payment is enabled under the Statutory Instruments that support the appeal procedures.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the impact on proposed UK offshore Special Areas of Conservation sites of fishing vessels from (a) the Netherlands, (b) Belgium, (c) Norway, (d) Denmark, (e) Germany, (f) Spain, (g) France, (h) Ireland and (i) Portugal is being assessed. 
Jonathan Shaw: JNCC advise that a preliminary assessment of the sensitivity of proposed SACs habitats to a range of human activities, including fishing, was made in drawing up the draft Conservation Objectives and Advice on Operations for each site published with the public consultation documents.
If the proposed SACs are submitted to the European Commission and adopted as sites of Community importance a further assessment of the impacts of fishing vessels, along with all potentially damaging human activities, will be made in order to produce final Conservation Objectives and Advice for Operations for all adopted sites.
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what budget allocations have been made by the Learning and Skills Council for (a) schools and (b) further education colleges in each London borough (i) in each of the last three financial years and (ii) for each of the next two financial years; and if he will make a statement. 
Details of the budget allocations made by the Learning and Skills Council for each of the London boroughs, relating to the last three financial years and for the next two is not collected at this level of detail by my Department. This is an operational matter for the LSC; decisions are made following discussions with local providers, partners and other organisations. This ensures that the needs of the local communities are met and that the activity delivered supports the council's key priorities and targets. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Gentleman with further information. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
In response to your question to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, I am able to provide information about the allocations made by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to school sixth forms and FE colleges in London.
The LSC makes annual allocations to schools and FE colleges on an academic year basis. Funding for schools is allocated through the parent local authority. I have enclosed two summary tables in response to your question. Table A sets out the academic year funding allocations for all local authorities with school sixth forms in London in 2008-09, and for the previous three years. Allocations are made on an annual basis, one year in advance, and so the allocations for 2009-10 will be made in February 2009.
The LSC does not fund academies, which are funded by DCSF directly, and these figures do not include academy funding. You will note that funding for School sixth forms in London has increased by over 9 per cent. in 2008-09 and has allowed us to fund over 5 per cent. more places.
Table B sets out the funding that FE providers have received in 2008-09, and the three previous years.. It should be noted that this table classifies funding by provider borough: many FE providers operate across multiple boroughs and attract significant volumes of learners from other parts of London.
I hope that you find this information useful. Should you require further information, please contact:
London South LSC
1 Scarbrook Road
Croydon CRO 1SQ
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