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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:
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.
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.
|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|
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:
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. 
The following table lists the completion date, title and topic of recent research reports and other projects commissioned by DEFRA, the Waste and
Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Environment Agency from the consultancy Eunomia. The table is restricted to recent work completed under DEFRAs 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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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. 
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. 
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. 
[holding answer 20 November 2008]: The Pitt review proposed significant strengthening of the role of local authorities for flood risk management,
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.
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.
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.
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; 
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