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Table 2: Volume of UK exports of beef, 1999-2008( 1)
Tonnes
Country 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008( 2)

Irish Republic

2,767

3,318

2,971

4,028

6,196

5,948

8,030

10,807

21,169

31,852

Netherlands

2,486

2,119

1,978

1,645

1,423

830

789

13,831

20,652

27,463

France

1,484

1,885

792

1,033

603

1,039

770

5,983

9,783

7,989

Italy

413

443

287

199

458

415

256

3,509

2,682

4,101

Germany

1,160

428

1,293

890

993

963

1,419

4,043

3,082

3,228

Belgium

86

108

227

9

225

612

233

2,846

3,298

5,771

Spain

200

96

282

291

208

322

239

1,902

1,458

886

Denmark

223

123

188

69

67

114

30

352

1,098

2,216

Switzerland

16

5

3

29

42

404

Sweden

130

128

14

9

9

2

2

415

399

347

Greece

1

2

1

24

5

5

5

345

899

325

Kuwait

6

21

216

279

248

162

119

205

Portugal

68

143

17

12

51

73

19

145

67

217

Afghanistan

7

21

26

51

84

89

1,463

Poland

3

22

291

1,152

1,024

USA

1

1

8

1

388

68

Falkland Islands

13

11

10

33

46

60

46

31

23

98

Others (86 countries)

301

437

301

187

120

66

79

1,033

884

1,222

Grand total

9,355

9,271

8,373

8,436

10,643

10,754

12,238

45,811

67,284

88,880

(1) Includes bone in bovine, boneless bovine, edible offal and prepared/preserved bovine meat products.
(2) 2008 data are subject to amendments.

Bees: Research

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on research into (a) colony collapse disorder and (b) the varroa destructor mite in each of the last six years. [257425]

Jane Kennedy: The causes of the syndrome called colony collapse disorder in the USA are currently unclear and we have no current evidence to suggest that it is occurring in the UK. DEFRA provided an additional £27,000 to the National Bee Unit for work related to abnormal colony losses in 2007-08 and, with the Welsh Assembly Government, provided £120,000 in the current year to continue this work. DEFRA funded a project on the fungal control of Varroa jacobsoni (destructor) between 2002 and 2006 at a cost of £383,802.

Biofuels

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken in response to the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of OSS Group v. Environment Agency in relation to the burning of used cooking oil to generate electricity; and if he will make a statement. [256970]

Jane Kennedy: DEFRA will shortly publish a consultation paper on draft guidance on the definition of waste. The draft guidance will set out DEFRA's views on, among other things, the court’s judgment in the OSS case.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce a penalty for farmers who delay having a herd bovine tuberculosis test. [258819]

Jane Kennedy: Farmers are already subject to a penalty for overdue tests. Under the 'zero tolerance' policy farmers who do not ensure their herds are tested by specified deadlines have movement restrictions immediately applied on their herds. The Government can also prosecute cattle owners who fail to comply with the testing requirements laid down in the Tuberculosis (England) Order 2007.

At this time, we have no plans to introduce any additional penalties for farmers who delay having a herd bovine tuberculosis test.

Cattle: Transport

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been issued with cattle passports in each of the last three years. [259500]

Jane Kennedy: Over the last three years a total of 8,005,014 passports have been issued for newly registered cattle. The passports issued for each individual year, from 1 January to 31 December are as follows:

Number

2006

2,733,661

2007

2,569,133

2008

2,702,220


These figures represent the number of first issue passports and not the overall number of passports issued including replacements.


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