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Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of the policies and actions of his Department and its predecessors since 2000. 
As a local authority, Slough is obliged through statute to comply with central Government legislation. DEFRA's policy responsibilities are summarised in its departmental strategic objectives (DSOs) that have been agreed with the Treasury:
To promote a society that is adapting to the effects of climate change, through a national programme of action and a contribution to international action.
To promote a healthy, resilient, productive and diverse natural environment.
To promote sustainable, low carbon and resource efficient patterns of consumption and production.
To promote an economy and a society that are resilient to environmental risk.
To champion sustainable development.
To promote a thriving farming and food sector with an improving net environmental impact.
To encourage a sustainable, secure and healthy food supply.
To provide socially and economically sustainable rural communities.
To be a respected department delivering efficient and high quality services and outcomes.
One example is that Slough has included National Indicator 192 (amount of household waste recycled or composted) and National Indicator 186 (per capita reduction in CO2 emissions in the local authority area) in its local area agreement, which will encourage it to achieve higher levels of performance in these areas.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 157W, on special areas of conservation: Cumbria, whether Natural England has reached agreement with the owners of Bolton Fell Moss candidate Special Area of Conservation on measures needed to secure the future protection of the site; and if he will make a statement. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Negotiations between Natural England and the company that owns peat extraction rights on Bolton Fell Moss are continuing and progress is being made towards an agreement which will secure the future protection of the site. The issues are complex, and are taking longer to resolve than expected, but Natural England remains hopeful that an agreement will be reached.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his most recent estimate is of the amount of food produce disposed of by supermarkets which has passed its sell-by date and not its best-before date; 
(3) what recent estimate he has made of the amount of fruit and vegetables that is rejected by supermarkets due to minor imperfections; and what recent discussions his Department has had with supermarket representatives on this practice; 
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) plans to publish research by early March 2010 on the food waste produced at each stage of the supply chain-from manufacture through to distribution and retail. However, both the amount of food disposed of by supermarkets which is beyond its sell-by-date but not before its best-before date, and the amount of food waste disposed of by supermarkets due to minor imperfections, are beyond the scope of this project.
WRAP, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), representatives from the food industry, consumer groups and the UK Government Departments are also working closely to help reduce this food waste by changing retailers' practices on date labelling and food storage guidance.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he made of the outcome of the November 2009 meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas; and what position the Government took on the proposal to list Atlantic bluefin tuna under Appendix 1 to the convention on international trade in endangered species. 
The UK welcomes the outcome of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna's (ICCAT) annual meeting that took place in November 2009, as it signals an improvement in the management of the blue-fin tuna stocks. We are assessing whether the measures agreed at the meeting provide sufficient reassurance that ICCAT can take the necessary steps to implement what was agreed at the meeting, in order to turn around the dramatic decline in the species population. Consequently, we have not yet
ruled out the need for a convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES) Appendix I listing, and it certainly remains an option under consideration in the run up to the CITES Conference of Parties meeting in March this year.
Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 687W, on tuna: conservation, whether he plans to take advice from the (a) International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and (b) UN Food and Agricultural Organisation's Ad Hoc Advisory panel into account in determining the UK's negotiating position; and what information will be sought from ICCAT at the compliance meeting in February 2010. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The UK has considered the information provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the outcome of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) annual meeting in shaping its negotiating position on blue fin tuna.
The UK will be in attendance at the February meeting of the ICCAT Compliance Committee, and will want to be completely satisfied that the contracting parties operating in the blue-fin tuna fishery can demonstrate that they are able to enforce the new provisions effectively, so as to prevent quotas being exceeded.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) his Department and (b) Ofwat has received representations from the Office of the Third Sector over the new system of water charging on voluntary groups. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: DEFRA has received a number of representations from stakeholders and other Government Departments, including the Office of the Third Sector, on concessionary surface water drainage schemes for community groups.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what criteria his Department use to assess the merits of proposals to expand airports; what changes to these criteria there have been since 1997; whether any changes are planned in the next six months; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Clark: "The Future of Air Transport" White Paper (2003) provides a strategic framework for the sustainable development of airport capacity in the UK. It neither authorises nor precludes any particular development, but serves to inform and guide the consideration of specific applications which may be made by airport owners to the relevant planning authority.
The White Paper was based on extensive research and analysis to ensure that economic, environmental and social impacts were properly considered. For example, the criteria used to assess options for airport expansion in the south-east were published in "Appraisal framework for airports in South East and East of England" (DTLR, 2000).
Subsequently, the Department has conducted an impact assessment of the decisions set out in "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport: Decisions following Consultation" (DFT, 2009). The impact assessment was consistent with the relevant appraisal guidance, including the procedures and criteria set out in the Better Regulation Executive's impact assessment guidance.
Paul Clark: We are currently examining whether some form of targeting-which could potentially include passenger data-would be a more effective means of selecting passengers for additional screening than doing so at random. We have not yet made any decisions on the way forward.
Ms Angela C. Smith: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many people travelled on local buses under the concessionary fare scheme in each (a) passenger transport executive and (b) non-passenger transport executive area in 2008-09; 
Mr. Khan: Estimates of bus journeys made under the concessionary travel scheme during 2008-09 have not yet been published. They are planned for publication not later than June 2010. This date is later than would normally have been the case, as a result of the development of new estimation methodologies that are being applied across a broad range of bus statistics. Figures for concessionary trips made by light rail and tram are not collected.
However, some published estimates are available from the National Travel Survey on the use of the concessionary bus travel scheme by adults aged 60 and over in Great Britain. The following table presents estimates of the take-up of concessionary bus passes, and the proportion of people travelling by bus at least once a month, for this age group in the calendar years 2005 to 2008.
|Self-reported use of concessionary bus travel scheme by adults aged 60 and over in Great Britain, by area type, 2005-08|
|Area type||2005||2006||2007||2008||Unweighted sample size (individuals, 2008)( 1)|
|(1) Samples for earlier years were of a comparable size but are not shown in this table for reasons of brevity.|
National Travel Survey
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