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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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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 Departments forthcoming White Paper on food security; 
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 DevelopmentBuilding 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 UKs food security later this year and this will include some assessment of food security at the household level.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the Competition Commissions proposal for an ombudsman to monitor and enforce compliance with a groceries supply code of practice. 
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 Sainsburys 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.
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. 
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.
|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|
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.
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