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Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The Honey (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2243) transpose Council Directive 2001/110/EC on the labelling and specification of honey. The directive prohibits filtered and baker's honey from including supplementary information referring to its floral or vegetable origin, regional, territorial or topological origin or specific quality criteria. "Filtered" honey consists of a blend of different honeys, which is subjected to a fine filtration process removing virtually all the characterising pollen needed to authenticate such claims. Baker's honey is not sold directly to consumers. It is used primarily in processed foods containing honey as an ingredient. There were no objections to this provision in consultations during negotiation of the directive and transposition.

Nuclear Waste: Disposal

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Under the "Managing Radioactive Waste Safely" programme, the UK Government and devolved administrations have asked the new independent Committee on Radioactive Waste

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Management (CoRWM) to oversee a review of the options for the long-term management of the UK's higher activity radioactive wastes. This review will involve an extensive programme of public and stakeholder engagement. The kinds of management options to be considered were discussed in Appendix 1 of the original Managing Radioactive Waste Safely consultation document published in September 2001, and include various forms of disposal and long-term storage. As part of its programme, CoRWM will evaluate all the options for long-term management against a set of common criteria that take into account public and stakeholder group views so as to recommend the best future policy. The committee has been asked to aim to provide its recommendations to government around the end of 2005. One of its first tasks will be to submit a detailed work plan for agreement with its sponsoring Ministers in Defra and the devolved administrations. It will be for CoRWM to decide whether or not it wishes to employ consultants to support them in their option assessment work. To date none has been engaged by the committee.

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Countryside Agency: Access Rights and Maps

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 21 October (WA 173), whether errors corrected by the Countryside Agency in its provisional or conclusive maps will provide sufficient reason to allow the correction of definitive maps drawn up by the local authorities; and whether the Government have any plans to issue guidelines on that subject.[HL5459]

Lord Whitty: The Countryside Agency's maps do not show the same information as local authorities' definitive maps. The Countryside Agency's maps show open country (mountain, moor, heath and down) and registered common land. Definitive maps show linear rights of way such as footpaths and bridleways. Changes to the Countryside Agency's maps will therefore not have implications for definitive maps.

We do not plan to issue guidance specifically on this point but will make the purpose of the maps clear in general information produced on rights of access.

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