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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each regional development agency has received from the Regional Development Programme for England since the inception of the 2000 to 2006 programme, broken down by programme year. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The 2000-06 England Rural Development Programme was delivered by the then DEFRA Rural Development Service and, as such, no funding under that programme was allocated to regional development agencies (RDAs). Since 1 October 2006, RDAs have taken over delivery of the legacy spend on ERDP schemes which closed to new applicants in 2006.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects have received Rural Development Programme for England funding since 1 January 2007, broken down by regional development agency. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The number of projects funded under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) since 1 January 2007 includes both new projects and programmes approved by regional development agencies, as well as projects that were the legacy of the previous England Rural Development Programme, thus amounting to over 1,000 projects.
Details of all projects receiving funding through rural development programmes will be published annually on the DEFRA website, and those projects funded from 1 January 2007 to 15 October 2007 (linked to the European Community's financial year) can be found at
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: DEFRA and its delivery bodies use high resolution satellite data for the verification of agricultural subsidy claims under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS). The data used are supplied directly by the European Commission so there is no cost to the Department.
DEFRA also uses satellite data as part of the UK Countryside Survey in order to produce a national Land Cover Map. The Land Cover Map is a partnership project between DEFRA, the Natural Environment Research Council and the devolved Administrations. Some of the satellite data for the Land Cover Map are provided free of charge by the European Commission. DEFRA and partners have agreed a budget of £110,000 for the purchase of additional data.
Satellite derived data are also used on an ad-hoc basis in various research projects funded by DEFRA. DEFRA does not hold data centrally on the costs of the satellite data used within these research projects.
Huw Irranca-Davies: In the UK, the Government are working with the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), HM Revenue and Customs and the police to establish the extent of trade taking place over the internet that is illegal, and to find effective ways to tackle this. The issue is one of five priority areas for consideration by the NWCU as part of its delivery of obligations to assist the Government to apply the requirements of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Additionally, DEFRA has been working with the trade, website owners, enforcement experts and other stakeholders to establish a Code of Practice for internet providers and users.
The issue, however, transcends borders and we believe a global approach is required. The UK was instrumental in proposing that CITES convenes a special workshop to consider the issue, and provided funds for this to occur. I am pleased to report that this meeting will take place next February in Canada. The workshop will review what is known about the scale and nature of illegal internet trade in wildlife globally and then consider ways to tackle illegal activity there. In addition to providing financial support to the workshop we have also contributed evidence of our current knowledge of illegal wildlife trade over the internet.
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2423W, on the South West Water Authority, (1) whether regions other than the South West maintain residual water authorities; 
The only residual matter preventing the winding up of the South West water authority is the incident which occurred at the Lowermoor Water Treatment Works in July 1988. The authority will not be wound up until the Government are satisfied that any outstanding matters relating to that incident have been resolved.
Jane Kennedy: A good deal of water is already transferred within water companies' areas of operation to give individual companies greater flexibility to meet local shortages. Longer distance links have long been established between, for example, Wales and the West Midlands and South East Lancashire, the Lake District and Lancashire, and from the Fenland watercourses to Essex.
There was unanimous agreement that a national water grid was not feasible due to its disproportionate and unjustified cost, both for the environment and for water bills, compared with its possible benefits.
This view is underpinned in the Environment Agency report Do we need large-scale water transfers for south-east England?', which was published in September 2006. The report found no evidence for the need for such large-scale transfer and was considered to be more expensive and environmentally damaging than the measures already in the south-east water companies' water resources plans.
The Environment Agency, in consultation with Ofwat, is able to propose to a water company that it enters into a bulk supply agreement with another water company, where it is necessary to secure the proper use of water resources.
The on-going turbulence has affected financial markets around the world and requires an international response. In April this year the Financial Stability Forum provided the G7 with a detailed report on the causes of the crisis and a comprehensive set of recommendations for strengthening the financial system
for the future. Going forwards, the FSF should continue to play a central role in shaping the international response to the crisis.
13. Lyn Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the policies of banks which have been recapitalised with public funds on providing credit to small businesses. 
16. Mr. Love: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the policies of banks which have been recapitalised with public funds on providing credit to small businesses. 
Ian Pearson: The measures that the Government announced on 8 and 13 of October included agreements with the banks who used the Bank Reconstruction Fund that over the next three years they would maintain the availability and active marketing of competitively-priced lending to small businesses at 2007 levels.
Ian Pearson: The Government have acted in recent weeks to provide support to small businesses, including aiming to make payments to small businesses within 10 days. The measures that the Government announced on 8 and 13 October included agreements with the banks who used the Bank Reconstruction Fund that over the next three years they would maintain the availability and active marketing of competitively priced lending to small businesses at 2007 levels.
£350 million to support smaller employers to train their workforces;
A target to pay suppliers as soon as possible and within 10 days;
Free Health Checks for businesses through Business Link;
Provision of new finance guides produced by the Institute of Credit Management.
Yvette Cooper: On 8 October this year the Government announced a package of measures to support stability of the financial system, protect ordinary consumers and businesses, and to safeguard the interests of the taxpayer.
Yvette Cooper: Having already secured more than £23 billion of efficiency gains through the Gershon Efficiency Programme, Departments and local authorities are currently working to deliver a further £30 billion package of cash-releasing savings, releasing resources for investment in our core public services.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the potential for early intervention is taken into account across all spending decisions in the next Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Treasury prioritise a diverse range of policy pressures at each Spending Review. In the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, and subsequently (for example in the Childrens Plan), Government have expanded investment in early intervention. This includes further investment in Childrens Centres and the free early education offer, and on initiative such as Family Nurse Partnerships; Family Intervention Projects; and Targeted Youth Support.
Dr. Palmer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the policies on providing credit to small businesses of banks which have been recapitalised with public funds. 
Mr. Bone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what day he expects the share subscriptions and share placings relating to the £9 billion preference shares and the £28 billion of ordinary shares in HBOS plc, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and Lloyds TSB Group plc by the Commissioners of Her Majestys Treasury to be completed. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when his most recent estimate of the predicted additional Exchequer revenue from the phased increase of the small companies rate of corporation tax is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the additional Exchequer revenue likely to accrue from the phased increase of the small companies rate of corporation tax from 19 per cent. to 22 per cent. in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10. 
Mr. Timms: In line with the Code for Fiscal Stability, at Budget 2007 the Government published the impact on Exchequer revenues of the increase in the small companies rate for the years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. These can be found in Table 1.2 of the Budget 2007 document.
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies paying the small companies rate of corporation tax which paid annual corporation tax payments in the range of (a) £0 to £10,000, (b) £10,001 to £20,000, (c) £20,001 to £30,000, (d) £30,001 to £40,000, (e) £40,001 to £50,000 and (f) £50,001 and above in each of the last four years; 
(2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies paying the small companies rate of corporation tax which are expected to pay annual corporation tax payments to the Treasury in the range of (a) £0 to £10,000, (b) £10,001 to £20,000, (c) £20,001 to £30,000, (d) £30,001 to £40,000, (e) £40,001 to £50,000 and (f) £50,001 and above in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11. 
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