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£
2: Companies

2003-04

1,839,057

2004-05

2,219,279

2005-06

2,194.667

2006-07

2,584,731

2007-08

2,680,683


3. DEFRA also carries out joint funding with research councils and higher education funding councils. Much of this will fund work in universities, hence its inclusion, albeit separated from the amount specifically committed in collaboration with universities themselves. During the last five years this has totalled £13,679,932 broken down as:

£

2003-04

80,991

2004-05

2,244,193

2005-06

3,207,115

2006-07

3,635,257

2007-08

4,512,376


4. A full list of all the companies (except where this information is confidential), universities and institutes has been placed in the Library showing the cost of each project broken down into Financial Years.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has allocated for agricultural research in universities in 2008-09. [237233]


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Hilary Benn: It is difficult to give a definitive answer as not all of the budgets allocated to agricultural research have yet been committed for the current financial year. As much of our research is let by competition, it is not possible to predict whether universities will be successful in winning the remaining procurement processes.

To date, the Department has committed around £11 million to agricultural research in universities for financial year 2008-09. This total includes spending on both sustainable farming and animal health and welfare.

Further details of DEFRA's research projects, including costs and outputs, are available from the DEFRA website at:

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on agricultural research in each of the last five years. [237234]

Hilary Benn: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has spent the following on agricultural research in each of the last five years:

£ million

DEFRA R and D funding into sustainable farming DEFRA R and D funding into animal health and welfare Total DEFRA agricultural R and D spending

2007-08

29

39

68

2006-07

34

41

75

2005-06

38

40

78

2004-05

38

40

78

2003-04

39

36

75


Further details of DEFRA's research projects, including costs and outputs, are available from the DEFRA website at:

Environment Agency: Public Expenditure

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of the Environment Agency was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. [228621]

Jane Kennedy: The Environment Agency received funding from DEFRA amounting to (a) £554.4 million in 2006-07 and (b) £595.4 million in 2007-08. These figures have been published in the departmental reports for 2007 and 2008, both of which have been published on the DEFRA website:

Eunomia

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the (a) date, (b) title and (c) topic of each research report or project commissioned by his Department and its agencies from the consultancy Eunomia. [235137]

Jane Kennedy: The following table lists the completion date, title and topic of recent research reports and other projects commissioned by DEFRA, the Waste and
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Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Environment Agency from the consultancy Eunomia. The table is restricted to recent work completed under DEFRA’s Sustainable Consumption and Production and Waste agenda.

For work commissioned by WRAP from Eunomia to June 2007, I refer the honourable Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1655W.


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Completion date Project title Topic

DEFRA (Waste and Resources Evidence Programme)

May 2007

Household waste prevention: policy side research

Research project

June 2007

Impacts of household charging in England

Research project

July 2008

Building on UK marginal abatement cost curves for the waste sector

Research project

DEFRA (Waste Implementation Programme)

2007

Consultancy

Waste management PFI study

2007

Consultancy

Somerset contract integration

2007

Consultancy

Northampton joint waste strategy

2007

Consultancy

Gloucestershire stakeholder consultation (planning)

2008

Consultancy

New technologies technical advisory committee assistance

DEFRA (Environmental Permitting Programme)

February 2006—ongoing

Consultancy (jointly funded between DEFRA and the Environment Agency)

Assessment of the costs and benefits associated with the Programme

Waste and Resources Action Programme

October 2007

Consultancy

Technical advice on anaerobic digestion market development

March 2008

Consultancy

Market knowledge—gate fee survey

June 2008

Consultancy

Compost supply in South East and East of England

September 2008

Consultancy

Organics—project support

September 2008

Consultancy

Mixed plastic collection

Ongoing

Consultancy

Support to ROTATE team

Environment Agency

February 2006—ongoing

See DEFRA Environmental Permitting Programme above


Flood Control

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in the development of catchment flood management plans; and if he will make a statement. [235059]

Jane Kennedy: The Environment Agency has completed 55 Catchment Flood Management Plans in England. The remaining 13 plans are due to be completed by the end of December 2008.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on implementing the recommendations contained in the Pitt report on flooding; and if he will make a statement. [239600]

Jane Kennedy: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 489-521, on the pre-Budget report, how much of the capital spending amount will be spent on flood defences; when the funding will be available; what type of projects it will be spent on; whether any of the funding in question has already been announced; and if he will make a statement. [239983]

Jane Kennedy: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Flooding Lessons Learned Review

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions with local authorities have taken place on the Pitt review on flooding. [237664]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 20 November 2008]: The Pitt review proposed significant strengthening of the role of local authorities for flood risk management,
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including from surface water and groundwater where no one organisation currently takes the lead. In developing the Government response to those proposals and other recommendations in the review, DEFRA officials have held regular meetings with the Local Government Association and council officers as well as attending conferences and similar events involving local authorities.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken in response to the Pitt review on flooding. [237665]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 20 November 2008]: We have already taken a number of steps in response to Sir Michael Pitt's findings and will be publishing a detailed response together with a prioritised action plan shortly.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department intends to publish its detailed response to the Pitt review on flooding. [237666]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 20 November 2008]: The Government's detailed response to the Pitt review will be published shortly.

Floods: Property Development

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had on building on flood plains. [237663]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 20 November 2008]: DEFRA has had a strong input in several key areas of the Department for Communities and Local Government's work, including Planning Policy Statement 25 on development and flood risk, and other changes to planning policy. Changes we have introduced include making the Environment Agency statutory consultees for all planning applications in flood risk areas, and that planning applications which the local planning authority are minded to approve against Environment Agency advice can be called-in for determination by the Secretary of State.

Food: Retail Sector

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is conducting into the effects of farmers' markets on producers and consumers. [239532]

Jane Kennedy: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Forests

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of planted ancient woodland sites managed by Forest Enterprise under a clear-fell regime are (a) scheduled for and (b) in the process of restoration, broken down by forest district; [237685]


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