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Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the recycling industry can contribute towards meeting Courtauld II recycling targets in local authority areas; and if he will make a statement. 
Dan Norris: Phase II of the Courtauld Commitment includes a new target for a 10 per cent. reduction in the carbon impact of grocery packaging: an estimated 1.1 million tonne CO2 equivalent emissions reduction through reducing the weight, increasing the recycling rates and increasing the recycled content of grocery packaging.
This new target is a key contribution to our aim of optimising packaging reductions, wider eco-design and increasing recycling, as set out in the Packaging Strategy. It will encourage companies to take up recycled contents in their packaging-another objective of the Packaging Strategy.
Separate from the Courtauld Commitment, DEFRA and the devolved Administrations have recently published a consultation document proposing higher producer responsibility targets for packaging, covering 2011-20. The consultation seeks views on the extent to which the recycling industry (among others) can help achieve local recycling targets. The consultation can be found at
Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities did not meet their targets for recycling waste in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what percentage of waste was recycled in each such area in that period. 
Dan Norris: During the 2008-09 period, 21 local authorities did not meet their target for recycling household waste in line with National Indicator 192. The targets and percentages of waste actually recycled in each of these authorities are shown in the following table:
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reptiles were seized by HM Revenue and Customs under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species in each year 2000; and how many were seized in each seizure. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The numbers of live reptiles seized by officers of HM Revenue and Customs under the convention of international trade in endangered species (CITES) for the financial years 2005-06 to 2008-09 are given in the following table.
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Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the most recent survey on rodents derived from data from the English House Condition Survey to be published. 
Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days staff of his Department and its agencies spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of such activity. 
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each response to his Department's consultation on household waste incentive scheme (a) application and designation guidance, (b) technical issues guidance, (c) finance guidance, (d) coverage and disadvantaged groups guidance and (e) unauthorised deposit or disposal guidance. 
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the respondents were to his Department's consultation on (a) incentives for recycling by households of May 2007, (b) draft guidance on household waste incentive schemes of June 2008 and (c) statutory good recycling service guidance of September 2008. 
Absorbent Hygiene Products Manufacturers Association
Association of Charity Shops
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Birmingham City Council
Bromsgrove District Council (did not comment on consultation documents)
Cambridgeshire County Council
Campaign for Real Recycling
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management
County Surveyors Society
Coventry City Council
ESRC BRASS Centre, Cardiff University
Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority
Hampshire County Council
Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee
London Borough of Sutton
Norfolk County Council
Paediatric Continence Forum
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Responses from private individuals
South Gloucestershire Council (did not comment on consultation documents)
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 322W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, if he will place in the Library a copy of each response received to the informal consultation on draft guidance except the responses received from private individuals. 
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been commissioned by (a) his Department, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the Waste and Resources Action Programme on public attitudes to (i) waste collection and (ii) waste disposal in the last three years; and what the (A) title and (B) completion date of each such research project was. 
Building Greater Understanding of the Techniques and Processes Required to Promote Sustainable Waste Management through Behaviour Change Programme-completed June 2008.
The Organic Waste Use Collection-completed October 2007.
Enhancing Participation in Kitchen Waste Collection-completed March 2010.
Attitudes to the Use of Organic Resources on Land-completed February 2009.
Tracker Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviour Towards the Environment-completed September 2009.
Testing Innovative Approaches for Achieving Sustainable Behaviours - Maiden Lane Gardens Food-Loop project-ongoing.
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