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Marine Bill

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) Government departments and (b) stakeholders responded to the Marine Bill consultation. [221548]

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. [221646]

Jonathan Shaw: The marine strategy framework directive sets the overall goal of achieving good environmental status for Europe's seas by 2020.

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.

Personal Injury

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. [216682]

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:

£

1. Claim in relation to a fall from height during a cleaning and disinfection operation

135,500

2. Claim in relation to injury sustained from a falling object

48,000

3. Claim in relation to an injury sustained in handling livestock

40,000

4. Claim in relation to an injury caused by a slip on a wet floor

17,000

5. Claim in relation to an injury caused by a trip

5,600

6. Claim in relation to an injury sustained in an office

5,000

7. Claim in relation to an injury sustained in handling livestock

4,857.08

8. Claim in relation to an injury caused by a fall

4,133

9. Claim in relation to a hand injury

3,000

10.Claim in relation to repetitive strain injury

2,750


None of these cases were contested in court.

Poultry: EU Action

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; [221260]

(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; [221269]

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the transposition of the EU Chicken Broiler Directive into UK law on the level of UK animal welfare standards. [221270]

Jonathan Shaw: 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
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will deliver real welfare benefits for broilers while balancing economic, social and environmental impacts.

Legislation to implement the directive into UK law will be produced to meet the directive implementation date of 30 June 2010.

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.

Recycling

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to encourage recycling with the use of financial incentives. [220041]

Joan Ruddock: The Climate Change Bill includes powers for up to five local authorities in England to pilot waste incentive schemes, to encourage household waste minimisation and recycling.

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.

Rural Payments Agency

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. [221741]

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.

RPA has occasionally been asked the reason for charging the fee.

There are no plans to amend the fee structure for such appeals.

Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

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. [221637]

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.


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This did not include an assessment of the impact of fishing vessels from individual countries.

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.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Learning and Skills Council: Finance

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. [220248]

Mr. Lammy: The total LSC Adult Skills budget for London has increased as follows:

£ million

2007-08

588

2008-09

603

2009-10

619

2010-11

672


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.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 1 September 2008:


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(a) School sixth forms in London
£
LEA n ame 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Camden London Borough Council

13,363,527

14,228,986

14,196,273

15,048,442

Islington London Borough Council

2,548,334

2,566,643

1,671,080

1,948,062

Lambeth London Borough Council

4,119,264

4,249,041

3,971,045

4,789,225

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council

4,032,391

4,163,738

2,895,405

3,099,103

Southwark London Borough Council

3,196,301

3,194,087

2,075,434

1,934,597

Wandsworth London Borough Council

11,705,825

11,954,019

10,189,836

11,763,082

Westminster City Council

8,211,566

7,508,399

5,742,366

6,437,139

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council

8,694,536

10,013,979

10,283,007

11,883,986

Bexley London Borough Council

12,477,632

14,393,922

14,154,339

16,223,918

Common Council of The City of London

5,948

7,487

Greenwich London Borough Council

13,878,339

17,229,890

16,202,9'77

16,606,473

Havering London Borough Council

6,114,777

6,485,657

5,845,493

6,476,417

Lewisham London Borough Council

7,953,073

8,649,210

8,597,369

8,660,846

Newham London Borough Council

3,899,957

4,179,464

3,760,403

4,192,002

Redbridge London Borough Council

21,408,562

24,401,134

25,001,139

26,314,878

The Learning Trust (Hackney)

3,112,548

3,803,358

3,982,414

4,145,912

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

8,262,137

9,561,778

8,903,638

11,395,646

Barnet London Borough Council

20,458,574

21,619,992

19,981,388

21,618,507

Enfield London Borough Council

17,826,820

19,036,321

18,671,996

18,638,905

Haringey London Borough Council

8,430,212

8,613,205

10,384,226

11,303,487

Waltham Forest London Borough Council

4,804,494

5,201,448

3,831,362

4,342,236

Bromley London Borough Council

22,228,765

24,657,822

24,290,187

26,230,619

Croydon London Borough Council

5,507,256

5,956,759

7,411,577

7,282,380

Merton Borough Council

3,770,099

4,217,242

3,511,097

3,023,358

Richmond Upon Thames Borough Council

360,743

401,567

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Council

11,231,079

12,103,387

12,043,258

13,290,990

Sutton London Borough Council

16,278,170

17,129,916

17,568,390

18,932,818

Brent London Borough Council

17,716,462

19,902,997

18,801,282

20,554,764

Ealing London Borough Council

12,331,369

12,747,445

12,111,189

14,372,600

Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council

7,528,563

8,118,577

7,182,701

7,379,008

Harrow London Borough Council

677,454

766,559

6,102,981

Hillingdon London Borough Council

16,297,800

17,884,981

16,875,189

17,801,925

Hounslow London Borough Council

16,140,730

17,483,785

16,947,820

17,178,897


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