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EA Operations Performance Data (2004-05 to 2008-09)
The Food and Environment Research Agency's Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate carry out technical inspections of crops and commodities on farms. These are inherently different to the inspections undertaken by other agencies. The figures for the last five years are as follows:
2005: 6,570 inspections at 2,116 visits to 734 farms
2006: 12,223 inspections at 6,653 visits to 1,865 farms
2007: 11,337 inspections at 6,099 visits to 1,609 farms
2008: 12,218 inspections at 6,398 visits to 1,523 farms
2009 (to date): 9,419 inspections at 4,762 visits to 1,439 farms.
2009: 7,318 (to date)
GM audits (seed) do not take place on farms. GM trial inspections are focused on the trial itself only, and very often take place on research institutes, etc and therefore these figures are not included.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions the monitoring of (a) fish stocks and (b) other marine wildlife has been instigated following the loss of a harmful cargo into the sea since 1 May 2007; what the results of such monitoring was; and what the (i) nature of the harmful cargo, (ii) location and (iii) period of monitoring was in each case. 
Since the MSC Napoli was breached in Lyme Bay on 20 January 2007, the containers on the beach and any litter have now been cleared and the beaches have been available for public access since Easter 2007. Furthermore, in 2007 the bow was recycled at Harland and Woolf's dry dock in Belfast, and the stern was raised using heavy lifting equipment and dismantled in situ earlier this year.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the liquid whole milk equivalent volume of (a) imports and (b) exports of milk-based products in each of the last three years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: It is not possible to provide the different milk products in liquid milk equivalent. It is a complex calculation which can lead to double counting. The following table shows the UK trade in milk products for 2006-08.
HM Revenue and Customs.
Data prepared by Trade Statistics, Economics and Statistics Programme, DEFRA.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of implementation of the Nitrates Directive on tenant farmers whose landlords may have applied nitrates to the tenanted land. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: No such assessment has been made. However, normally a landlord cannot apply nitrates to a tenant's land without the permission of the tenant, unless the tenancy agreement specifically provides for this. A tenant is considered to be the occupier of the land under the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations (2008) and is therefore responsible for compliance with the regulations.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to tackle ragwort on public property; and what guidance it has provided to local authorities on the subject. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: DEFRA has published a Code of Practice on How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort. The Code provides comprehensive guidance on how to develop a strategic and cost-effective approach to weed control. It is intended for use by all landowners and occupiers but is particularly relevant for large-scale organisations managing significant land areas, including local authorities and public bodies who are primarily responsible for the control of Common Ragwort on their land.
Under this procedure, complaints about the spread of injurious weeds are prioritised. Natural England (on DEFRA's behalf) investigates complaints where weeds are threatening to spread to land used for: keeping or grazing horses and other livestock; farmland used to produce conserved forage; or other agricultural land activities, and the complainant has already made reasonable efforts to contact the landowner or occupier where the weeds are growing.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions, (b) convictions and (c) police cautions there have been for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in each of the last five years. 
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