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Information given as follows is the expenditure incurred by each individual Agency over the last five years met from local budgets.

£

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA)

0

0

0

0

1,000

Note:
Christmas tree sourced in 2008 was from the British Tree Growers Association of Sustainable Standards. It was disposed of using on site waste management plant.

£

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

0

0

0

0

0

Note:
RPA have not purchased any Christmas trees over the last five years.

£

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Centre for Environment, Fisheries, Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

40.00

40.00

45.00

45.00

45.00

Note:
All Christmas trees were sourced locally. Trees were re-cycled by external waste management contractor.

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£

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Veterinary Medial Directorate (VMD)

0

40.00

45.00

40.00

55.00

Note:
All Christmas trees were sourced locally and disposed using the on-site waste management plant.

£

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Animal Health

0

0

0

0

0

Note:
Animal Health have not purchased any Christmas trees over the last five years.

£

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)

0

0

342.00

0

0

Note:
FERA was formerly the Central Science Laboratory (CSL). CSL employed an external facilities management service contractor who supplied a Christmas tree each year (excluding 2006) as part of the service. All Christmas trees were sourced locally and disposed of using the on-site shredder.

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much land has been designated under section 16 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 since 1 January 2009; how much such land has been designated for the use of (a) walkers, (b) cyclists, (c) horse riders and (d) other equestrians; and at what locations land has been so designated. [307614]

Huw Irranca-Davies: Since 1 January 2009 there have been three section 16 dedications, a total of 631 hectares. All of these have been for walkers only. No land has been dedicated for the use of cyclists, horse riders or other equestrian pursuits.

Locations of the section 16 dedications are as follows:

Hectares

West Wood near Hereford

164

Wharncliffe near Sheffield

410

High House Waste near Ivybridge, Devon

(1)57

(1) Of which only five hectares was land not already mapped as Countryside and Rights of Way access land.

These dedications will be displayed on the Countryside and Rights of Way access maps when the updated maps are published on Natural England's website in January 2010.

Dairy Farming: Lancashire

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the change in the number of dairy farmers in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire between (i) 2008 and 2009 and (ii) 2009-10. [307340]

Huw Irranca-Davies: The grid referencing of the 2009 data is not yet complete so the latest information available is for 2008. This is shown in the following table, along with a comparison to 2007 to show the annual change.


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In the UK, the trend in dairy production is towards fewer, larger and more productive herds.


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2007 2008 2007 2008

Number of dairy holdings( 1) Percentage change 2008-07 Number of farmers on dairy holdings( 2) Percentage change 2008-07

Chorley

42

41

-2

90

91

1

Lancashire(3)

717

675

-6

1,531

1,477

-4

(1) Dairy holdings are defined here as the number of holdings on the Cattle Tracing System on 1 June each year with more than 10 dairy cows in the milking herd. (2) The number of farmers is defined as full and part-time farmers, partners, directors and spouses if working on the holding. (3) Lancashire is defined as Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire county council.

Departmental Advertising

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on advertising in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [302494]

Dan Norris: Since the beginning of the current financial year DEFRA has spent around £2 million on campaign advertising through COI. This was primarily on campaigns for conservation volunteering, water saving and resource efficiency. A further £23,841.12 was spent on advertising vacancies within the same time period.

Detailed spend on advertising by DEFRA agencies is not held centrally and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many residential properties his Department owns; and how many (a) are occupied and (b) have been empty for more than six months; [303997]

(2) how many residential properties his Department owns; and how many (a) are occupied and (b) have been empty for more than six months. [303996]

Dan Norris [holding answer 3 December 2009]: The Department owns 38 residential properties of which (a) 36 are occupied and (b) two are vacant and have been vacant for more than six months.

Departmental Conferences

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside his Department's building attended by civil servants in his Department there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. [307519]

Dan Norris: The Department uses structured away days to enable staff to develop the skills and policies needed to deliver the Department's objectives. We also run conferences on specific issues and send delegates to other organisations' conferences whose work is relevant to our own.

Statistics on away days and conferences are not collated centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009. [306717]

Dan Norris: On 1 January 2009 seven DEFRA employees were recorded on the Department's redeployment register, seven employees were recorded on 1 April 2009, 16 were recorded on 1 July 2009 and 10 employees were recorded on 1 October 2009.

Departmental Pay

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible in each of the last three years. [300628]

Dan Norris: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Any bonuses and incentives paid to consultants and contractors would be subject to the provisions of managing public money.

Departmental Public Relations

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Environment Agency has made to (a) Four Communications and (b) Bellenden Public Affairs in the last 12 months; for what purposes; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each contract under which such payments were made. [305428]

Dan Norris: The Environment Agency has spent £5,000 in the last 12 months with Four Communications. This was to provide an understanding of the potential for new media in helping to engage with stakeholders on water and pollution issues. It has spent £27,471 with Bellenden Public Affairs for the provision of training and support for its engagement with local authorities on climate change issues.

The Environment Agency will place copies of contracts in the Library subject to supplier consent.


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Departmental Publicity

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) Ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three years for which figures are available. [305516]

Dan Norris: Since the beginning of the current financial year we have spent around £850 on ministerial photoshoots and just under £20,000 on the production of videos in which Ministers appear. A comparable amount was spent in 2008-09. We do not hold a record for 2007-08.

These funds are generally used when filming ministerial speeches to play at conferences or other live events which they cannot attend due to diary or other logistical reasons.

Departmental Telephone Services

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0870, (b) 0845 and (c) 0800 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls were received to each number in the last 12 months; and whether alternative numbers charged at the BT local rate are available in each case. [305211]

Dan Norris: DEFRA operates one comprehensive helpline, the DEFRA Helpline, which has a prefix of 0845. DEFRA receives no income from this helpline.

The DEFRA Helpline has received 77,385 calls during the period 1 November 2008 to 30 November 2009.

Some callers may attract the BT local rate. Charges vary depending on callers' service providers, where and when they are calling from, the package the caller may be subscribed to and whether they are using a mobile.

The Cabinet Office, through the Contact Council, is currently developing a numbering strategy. This will cover a range of issues related to public sector numbering, including providing greater transparency and value for money for service users. In the meantime, the Council issued a "Clarification Statement on Telephone Number Ranges".

Departmental Training

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department's civil servants in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil servants attended each course; and what the total cost to the public purse was of each course. [305896]

Dan Norris: Within DEFRA, training courses overseas are authorised locally by individual project managers with budgetary responsibility.

To collate such data at departmental level would incur disproportionate cost in excess of £750.


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Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has made an assessment of the visual effect of wheeled refuse containers street scene and street clutter. [308763]

Dan Norris: No such assessment has been carried out by DEFRA.


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