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|Incidents reported to NWCU (January 2008 to December 2008) for whole of UK|
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|Incidents reported to NWCU (January 2009 to July 2009) for whole of UK|
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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many
prosecutions for offences related to wildlife crime there were in each of the last 10 years. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The following table shows the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Protection of Badgers Act 1992, Deer Act 1991, Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulation 1997, and the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, in England and Wales for the years 1998 to 2007.
Dan Norris: My Department has not issued guidance on the stage when a waste oil ceases to be waste. However, the Environment Agency has issued an end-of-waste protocol on "the production and use of processed fuel oil from waste lubricating oil". Waste lubricating oil which meets the criteria set in the post-consultation version of the protocol will be considered by the Agency to have ceased to be waste.
Dan Norris: Since the Waste Strategy for England 2007 was published, DEFRA has been engaging with key waste stakeholders on priorities for commercial and industrial waste policy and we are aiming to publish a further statement of our strategic aims on commercial and industrial waste later this year.
Envirowise-waste and water minimisation.
The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) to facilitate one operator's waste being used as a raw material by another.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to encourage recycling by business and consumers.
The Centre for Reuse and Remanufacturing, the Construction Resources and Waste Platform to encourage greater resource efficiency in the construction sector.
Action Sustainability to support more sustainable procurement.
The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) Centre for local authorities to provide tailored advice to business communities on waste and resource efficiency issues.
In line with the Government's Business Support Simplification Programme and following the outcome of the Delivery Landscape Review, DEFRA has made WRAP responsible for overseeing funded support for material resource efficiency. The development and implementation of measures to minimise and recycle commercial and industrial waste will continue to be a key priority for this body.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent members of staff of each grade have been employed by the Rural Payments Agency in each year since 2007. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Following a public consultation, on 9 July the Secretary of State announced our decision to pursue an industry-led voluntary approach to set-aside mitigation, known as the Campaign for the Farmed Environment. The campaign has already established its key principles, agreed targets and attracted support from a range of industry partners, Government and others. A memorandum of understanding between the various parties is close to completion and the campaign is working up more detailed plans.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2009, Official Report, columns 531-32W, on sheep: tagging, when he plans to announce his proposals for the further reduction of the implementation burden on the industry of the electronic identification of sheep. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Further changes were secured to Council Regulation 21/2004 on 14 July at the Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health. These changes permit movements to be read on behalf of keepers at central reading points, such as markets and abattoirs. We estimate that this change will save the UK sheep industry between £7 million and £18 million each year.
Combined with the two-year deferment to implementation and the other changes that were secured, the overall cost to the industry could be reduced by up to £65 million, depending on how the industry uses the concessions which were won for them.
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