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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) assessment and (b) research has been undertaken by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) the Waste and Resources Action Programme on the accuracy of bin weighing technology in relation to the collection of household waste. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 27 March 2009, Official Report, column 789W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, whether the role of the Waste Improvement Network extends to providing information to local authorities outside the South East. 
Jane Kennedy: The Waste Improvement Network (WIN) is targeted at local authorities throughout England and registered users are spread across all nine regions, including the South East. Anyone is welcome to register (including non-local authority users) and there are also a number of registered users from authorities outside England.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the resilience procedures recommended in the Pitt Report on flooding; and if he will make a statement. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: DEFRA Ministers and officials maintain regular contact with Regional Resilience teams in the Government offices on a range of issues concerning the recommendations set out in the Pitt report, in particular to maintain a dialogue on progress against the action plan that the Government have set out. This includes regular contact with Local Resilience Forums concerning multi-agency flood planning and preparedness.
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the weight of site material for the construction of the Olympic stadium, associated buildings and infrastructure which has been delivered to the site via Prescott Lock. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The new lock on Prescott Channel does not formally open until 5 June 2009. Responsibility for traffic to and from the site lies with the Olympic Delivery Authority, which has a publicly stated aspiration of moving 50 per cent. of materials by weight by sustainable means (i.e. rail and river). An award of Freight Facility Grant made to British Waterways by the Department for Transport was based upon 1.01 million tonnes of materials being delivered to the site via Prescott Lock for a minimum period of three years beginning from 31 August 2008.(1)
(1) Figures supplied by British Waterways.
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) fixed penalty notices issued by each local authority in England for (i) dropping of litter and (ii) dog fouling in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the veterinary profession on cost sharing for the eradication of animal diseases. 
Jane Kennedy: Departmental Ministers meet regularly with representatives of the veterinary profession to discuss a wide range of animal health and welfare issues, including responsibility and cost sharing for animal health.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to reply to the letters of 9 February and 1 April 2009 from the hon. Member for Billericay on a constituent, Mr G Lane. 
Albert Owen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of liquid milk were imported into the UK from (a) Ireland, (b) EU member states and (c) other countries in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Jane Kennedy: Liquid milk imports are shown in the following tables. Liquid milk is imported into the UK in two forms, as raw milk for processing by dairies in the UK, or as liquid drinking milk (e.g. pasteurised or UHT milk).
|Imports of raw milk for processing into the UK2008|
|Imports of liquid drinking milk into the UK from the EU2008|
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce the appointment of members of the Pig Industry Task Force; and what its objectives will be. 
Stewart Houston: NPA/BPEX
Barney Kay: NPA
Mick Sloyan: BPEX
Richard Lister: Industry
John Hughes: Tulip
Bill Thurston: Vion
Adrian Dowling: Bowes of Norfolk
Bernard Hoggarth: Cranswick
Simon Galkoff: Whitbreads
Nick Scrase: ASDA
Simon Twigger: Sainsburys
Colin Holmes: Tesco
Andrew Thornber: Morrisons
Jan Anderson: Yorkshire Forward
Tricia Henton: Environment Agency
Susan Knox: Consumer bodies
Ian Platt: Baxter Storey
The consumer and the supply chain will benefit from the work of the taskforce on issues such as clearer labelling, better pig herd health, greater public sector procurement of higher welfare products and environmental requirements. The principle aim is that the taskforce will significantly contribute to the long-term resilience and profitability of the supply chain.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have (a) taken in the last 12 months and (b) plan to take in the next two years to protect (i) horses, (ii) ponies and (iii) donkeys from the effects of cruel tethering; who his Department consulted prior to seeking the repeal of the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The Protection of Cruel Tethering Act 1988 was repealed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as part of the Governments policy to consolidate and modernise a number of pieces of animal welfare legislation. My Department consulted all the main animal welfare and equine groups as part of the consultation we held on the Animal Welfare Bill in January 2002. An analysis of the replies to that consultation can be found on the DEFRA website.
At the end of last year, DEFRA completed a public consultation exercise on a code of practice for the welfare of equines. All the main equine animal welfare groups were consulted on the code. The draft code covers all domestic horses, ponies, donkeys, and hybrids (including mules), and includes specific guidance on tethering. Once we have considered the responses to the consultation, we will then ask Parliament to approve a revised code.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received since 2006 on the repeal of the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the provisions of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1.1 apply to products that have satisfied the end of waste criteria and are used to generate electricity; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The question of whether any particular waste has been fully recovered and has ceased to be waste must be determined on the facts of the case and taking into account relevant case law on the definition of waste. The Environment Agency is responsible for the implementation of waste management controls in England and Wales.
However, DEFRA has made funding available to enable the Environment Agency to develop end-of-waste protocols, which help determine the point at which certain waste streams have been fully recovered and have ceased to be waste. One such protocol has been developed for waste cooking oil, and its practical effect is that waste cooking oil treated to the standards set out in the protocol may be burned without being subject to waste management controls.
Incidences of reported water pollution are detailed in the following table. The incident data held on the Environment Agency's National Incident Recording System do not specify whether the pollution
was to rivers or other watercourses. The following data are therefore for all pollution incidents which had an impact on water.
|Pollution incidents with an impact on water|
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