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Recycling

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate (a) his Department, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the Waste and Resources Action Programme have made of the cost to local authorities of storing paper collected from households for recycling in 2008-09. [252396]

Jane Kennedy: DEFRA, the Environment Agency and the Waste and Resources Action Programme have not made an estimate of the cost to local authorities of storing paper collected from households for recycling. However, the Environment Agency has reported that it has not seen significant increases in requests for additional storage capacity for recyclable materials.

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the percentage of municipal waste consisting of recyclable material landfilled by local authorities in England in the last 12 months which could have been recycled. [256375]

Jane Kennedy: No such estimate has been made by DEFRA.

Recycling: Calderdale

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of (a) household recycling rates and (b) levels of collection services for materials for recycling in Calderdale; and if he will make a statement. [256813]

Jane Kennedy: [holding answer 12 February 2009]: In 2007-08 Calderdale council's household recycling and composting rate was 24.92 per cent. 96.53 per cent. of households in Calderdale had a kerbside collection of at least one recyclable material.


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These data are available at local authority level for the last three years at:

Rural Areas: Community Development

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make representations to his EU counterparts on a replacement for the LEADER Programme. [257031]

Huw Irranca-Davies: The LEADER approach is now being implemented through mainstream rural development programming rather than as a separate programme in its own right. Under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), 61 Local Action Groups have been selected so far to deliver the LEADER approach. This element of the RDPE has only been operational since January 2008 and we will want to review progress over the remainder of the programming period with a view to preparing for EU negotiations on the next programming period. The current programme runs until 2013, and therefore we do not envisage discussions at EU level on the future rural development programme for some time.

Sewers: Fats

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of sewer blockages caused by cooking oils, fats and greases in each water company area in each of the last five years. [256660]

Huw Irranca-Davies: My Department does not collect information on the causes of sewer blockages.

However, Water UK, the representative body for the water industry, estimates that there are on average around 200,000 sewer blockages in England and Wales each year, of which fats, oils and greases are responsible for up to 75 per cent.

Waste Disposal

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) household and (b) non-household waste was collected by each local authority in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [253201]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is on the DEFRA website and can be found at the following address:

Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) Travellers and (b) people in domestic dwellings not rated by the Valuation Office Agency due to their transitory nature will be liable to pay charges for the collection of household waste under the forthcoming pilot schemes. [252635]


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Jane Kennedy: Paragraph 15 of schedule 2AA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 defines the term “domestic premises” for the purposes of a waste reduction scheme.

Waste Disposal: Private Finance Initiative

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste infrastructure plant projects under the private finance initiative scheme have (a) applied for and (b) been granted planning permission in each of the last three years. [251691]

Jane Kennedy: According to available data, since January 2006 there have been 14 planning applications
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from 13 authorities that have been allocated private finance initiatives. Of these, 11 have been granted planning permission.

Water Supply: Leaks

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of water lost through leaks from water pipes of each individual water company in each of the last five years. [256365]

Huw Irranca-Davies: Water companies report annual leakage figures to Ofwat in June as part of their annual regulatory returns. Ofwat publishes leakage performance annually in the service and delivery report. Leakage performance for each water company for the years 2003-04 to 2007-08 were as follows:

Performance (megalitres/day)

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Anglian

216

214

215

200

210

Bournemouth and West Hants

22

22

22

22

22

Bristol

53

53

53

54

53

Cambridge

14

14

13.9

13.4

13.9

Dee Valley

10

11

11.3

10.6

10.3

Dwr Cymru

231

226

225

210

205

Essex and Suffolk

70

67

67

68

68

Folkestone and Dover

8

8

8

7.8

7.9

Mid Kent

30

29

28

27

27

Northumbrian

160

155

155

145

135

Portsmouth

30

30

30

29

30

Severn Trent

512

502

540

525

490

South East

69

69

69

69

69

South Staffordshire

71

74

73

73

72

South West

84

83

84

83

84

Southern

92

92

93

82

83

Sutton and East Surrey

24

24

24

24

24

Tendring Hundred

5

5

5.1

5.1

5.0

Thames

946

915

860

790

715

Three Valleys

152

149

150

145

140

United Utilities

479

500

475

470

460

Wessex

75

73

73

72

72

Yorkshire

295

293

295

295

295

Industry total

3,649

3,608

3,575

3,420

3,290

Note:
Figures have been rounded and thus may appear not to add up to the total given)

Defence

Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

8. John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan were treated at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court before the introduction of compensation payments. [257887]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme was introduced on 6 April 2005. Between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2005, 3,507 reviews of inpatients were conducted at Headley Court. Headley Court treats personnel injured as a result of a variety of incidents, including from operational deployment to road traffic or sporting accidents. Headley Court does not record centrally the number of injured personnel they treat from each location.

War Memorials

9. Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on consulting regimental associations on the protection of war memorials. [257888]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The Ministry of Defence officially commemorates the final resting place of all those who die in service. The UK Government contribute close to £40 million each year towards the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark and maintain the graves, and the official memorials for those who have no known grave, of the Commonwealth Service personnel who died during the two World Wars.


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However, the Department does not have the responsibility for war memorials. This responsibility rests with the owner of the memorial, which is normally a local authority, a private individual or organisation.


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