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Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) review and (b) taskforce projects his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such project is; when each such project (i) began and (ii) was completed; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Summary information on taskforces and other standing bodies is available in the annual Cabinet Office publication Public Bodies. Copies of Public Bodies 2008 are available in the Libraries of the House. Detailed information on ad hoc advisory bodies is available in DEFRAs Public Bodies on DEFRAs website:
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: DEFRA orders low cost promotional items only to support specific campaign messages to external audiences. The following figures show how much DEFRA spent on promotional materials each year since 2005.
Total spend £465.80T-shirts;
Total spend £13,806.00T-shirts, travel wallets and toothbrushes for the BME Illegal Food Imports campaign;
Total spend £10,177.80T-shirts, pens, travel wallets for the BME Illegal Food Imports campaign and T-shirts for Act on CO2 campaign;
Total spend £10,475.00Organic t-shirts, recycled pens and travel wallets for BME Illegal Food Imports campaign.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vacancies there were for (a) flood risk engineers, (b) flood risk planners, (c) flood risk project managers and (d) other flood risk management posts in the Environment Agency in each region on 1 April in each of the last five years; and for how long each such post has been vacant. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The following tables show the number of vacancies in regional flood risk teams in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and to May 2009 in each region. It also provides a breakdown of how long these have been vacant during 2008 and 2009. Information on this preceding 2008 is not available.
The majority of posts are filled by permanent employees and as part of the Environment Agencys resourcing strategy a range of other techniques are used to ensure that work is completed within agreed timeframes. These include the use of consultants, contractors, part-time or flexible working.
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