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Animals: Imports

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential health threat to native British wildlife from the illegal importation of wildlife; and if he will make a statement. [275943]

Jane Kennedy: DEFRA publishes an ‘International Disease Monitoring Report’ every month and where necessary produces ‘Preliminary Outbreak Assessments (POA)’ and ‘Qualitative Risk Assessments (QRA)’, which consider the likely effect of the disease outbreak on the UK. The QRA also assesses the likelihood of the disease entering the UK through the legal or illegal movement of animals affected by the disease in question.

The nature of illegal activity means that it is difficult to quantify the risk posed. That is why the UK has robustly enforced import requirements for pets and commercially traded animals.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has allocated to scientific research into the causes of and vaccination against bovine tuberculosis in 2009-10. [276586]

Hilary Benn: DEFRA has allocated £9.4 million to scientific research into the causes of, and vaccination against, bovine tuberculosis in 2009-10.

Compost: Mushrooms

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on odour emissions from the mushroom composting industry. [276587]

Jane Kennedy: I have received representations on the subject from my hon. Friend and also from Misson parish council.

Flood and Water Management Bill (Draft)

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable he has set for consideration of responses to the consultation on the draft Flood and Water Management Bill; and if he will make a statement. [276583]

Huw Irranca-Davies: We published the draft Bill on 21 April. The public consultation period closes on 24 July and we hope that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee will be able to report on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill before the summer recess. The Government would then intend to respond to both exercises when the House returns in the autumn.

Food Supply

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had on the inclusion of proposals to address hunger and food scarcity in his Department’s forthcoming White Paper on food security; [275827]


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(2) what recent discussions he has had in relation to the inclusion of relief and social protection measures in his Department's forthcoming White Paper on food security. [275828]

Jane Kennedy: DEFRA has responsibility within Government for leading the development and delivery of policy on food production and supply across the UK, and works closely with DFID which leads on delivery of global food security. DFID is currently preparing a white paper on International Development—“Building our common future”, and the Secretary of State has recently written to Douglas Alexander highlighting the importance of ensuring that food security and sustainable natural resource management are covered in it. DEFRA will also be producing an assessment of the UK’s food security later this year and this will include some assessment of food security at the household level.

Grocery Trade: Competition

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the Competition Commission’s proposal for an ombudsman to monitor and enforce compliance with a groceries supply code of practice. [276577]

Hilary Benn: The Competition Commission is seeking undertakings from the grocery retailers covered by the new Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) to establish an ombudsman to monitor and enforce compliance with the GSCOP. The deadline for replies to its consultation exercise is 28 May.

The creation of an ombudsman currently remains with the Competition Commission and no formal recommendation has been made to the Government. If the Competition Commission is unsuccessful in establishing the ombudsman within a reasonable period of time, the Competition Commission will formally return the matter to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for consideration.

Representatives of Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have met DEFRA officials to give their view of the proposals. On the same basis the NFU has provided officials with a paper from Cardiff Business School, and Asda and the Association of Convenience Stores have provided their views by correspondence.

Recycling: Greater London

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was recycled in each London local authority area (a) in total and (b) on average per head of the population in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2007-08. [276211]

Jane Kennedy: The following table shows, for each local authority in London for the financial years 2005-06 and 2007-08, municipal waste sent for recycling, composting and reuse as both tonnages and quantity generated per person per year in kilogrammes.


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Tonnes of municipal waste collected for recycling, composting and reuse Municipal waste collected for recycling, composting and reuse per person per year (kg)
2005 - 06 2007 - 08 2005 - 06 2007 - 08

Barking and Dagenham LB

7,158

21,788

44

131

Barnet LB

39,564

46,271

120

140

Bexley LB

45,808

48,976

208

221

Brent LB

23,553

24,529

87

91

Bromley LB

41,228

49,580

137

165

Camden LB

20,783

22,625

92

98

City of London

1,000

3,300

109

413

Croydon LB

31,800

43,666

93

129

Ealing LB

28,506

34,351

94

113

Enfield LB

32,631

36,825

116

129

Greenwich LB

23,220

32,152

102

144

Hackney LB

12,501

19,173

60

91

Hammersmith and Fulham LB

13,031

16,623

72

96

Haringey LB

16,172

24,969

72

111

Harrow LB

27,658

39,328

129

183

Havering LB

10,423

29,967

46

131

Hillingdon LB

34,055

41,041

135

164

Hounslow LB

24,585

23,797

116

108

Islington LB

14,944

21,369

82

114

Lambeth LB

20,562

23,529

76

86

Lewisham LB

14,361

26,567

58

103

Merton LB

17,741

22,758

91

114

Newham LB

6,119

20,490

25

82

Redbridge LB

12,181

25,003

48

98

Richmond upon Thames LB

29,585

35,719

159

198

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

13,610

19,532

69

109

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

28,696

17,959

188

114

Southwark LB

18,206

26,071

71

95

Sutton LB

27,041

26,711

152

144

Tower Hamlets LB

7,192

12,322

34

57

Waltham Forest LB

22,659

33,214

101

149

Wandsworth LB

21,403

26,290

76

93

Westminster City Council

17,204

21,473

70

92

Note:
For 2005-06, ONS mid year population figures 2005 have been used and for 2007-08 ONS mid year population figures 2007 have been used.
Source:
WasteDataFlow

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