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Written Answers

Wednesday 22 November 2006

Agriculture: Agri-environment Schemes

The Duke of Montrose asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The information for the UK is not held centrally. However, the expenditure on agri-environment schemes operated under the England Rural Development Programme was:

2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06
£m£m£m£m£m

European

36.5

48.1

57.0

73.1

83.3

Exchequer

59.2

72.4

87.7

108.1

118.7

Total

95.7

120.5

144.7

181.2

202.0

Note: The figures represent actual cash expenditure in each financial year.

Euro

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The Government’s policy on membership of the single currency remains as set out by the Chancellor in his Statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor’s Statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.

Gypsies and Travellers

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given to Julie Morgan MP by my honourable friend Meg Munn in the other place on 6 November (Official Report, col. 899W).

In addition, on privately owned sites, planning permission is granted for caravans not pitches. However, the number of caravans for which permission has been granted and the information requested in parts (b) and (c) are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Health: Hospitals

Baroness Thomas of Winchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): There is no specific planning policy guidance on the development of hospitals. Planning Policy Statement 1, issued in 2005, sets out the general principles for the preparation of regional spatial strategies and local development documents. Making proper provision for health and ensuring high design standards of new hospital buildings are fundamental requirements of planning for sustainable development.

Imports: Non-EU Countries

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The total net receipts of customs duties collected by the UK on goods, excluding agriculture, hunting, fishing, forestry and aquaculture produce during the financial years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are shown in the table below.

2003-04

£1,601 million

2004-05

£1,827 million

2005-06

£1,853 million



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Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The total net receipts of agricultural duties collected by the UK on agriculture, hunting, fishing, forestry and aquaculture produce during the financial years 2003—04, 2004—05 and 2005—06 are shown in the table below.

2003-04

£341 million

2004-05

£368 million

2005-06

£404 million

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: UK imports of agriculture, fishing, hunting and aquaculture produce from non-EU countries for the financial years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, together with total non-EU imports excluding agriculture, fishing, hunting and aquaculture produce from non-EU countries, are shown in the table.

Values of UK imports of agriculture, fishing, hunting and aquaculture produce imported from non-EU countries and total non-EU imports excluding agriculture, fishing, hunting and aquaculture produce from non-EU countries
£000s
Period1Agriculture, fishing, hunting and aquaculture produceTotal imports excluding agriculture, fishing, hunting and aquaculture produce

2003-04

2,804,489

108,341,028

2004-05

2,840,516

112,914,269

2005-06

3,201,063

128,707,236

1 Financial Years

Source: HM Revenue & Customs, Overseas Trade Statistics


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Israel and Palestine: Settlement Products

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The European Union is already undertaking periodic reviews of the operation of the technical arrangements which have applied since 1 February 2005.

Railways: Community Rail Awards

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The cost of sponsoring an award in the Community Rail Awards in 2006 was £500. Details of sponsorship for the 2007 awards are not yet available.

Railways: North-west

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The figure of 2.1 per cent per annum refers to growth in gross domestic product (GDP), which, along with changes in population, employment and fares, influences demand for rail.

Rural Payments Agency

Lord Willoughby de Broke asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The system is undergoing rigorous testing now. There are three phases to the testing: unit testing, which tests the individual programs; system testing, which

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tests how all the programs work together at a technical level; and user acceptance testing, which ensures that the system is usable in an efficient manner by operations staff.

Schools: Sport

Baroness Verma asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): Initial teacher training places allocated for physical education in England in 2006-07 are 1,310 and in 2007-08 are 1,180, reflecting the continuing decline in pupil numbers over this period. Allocations for later years have not yet been decided, but our supply modelling will take account of schools’ needs and the national school sport strategy.

Baroness Verma asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Adonis: The Government announced their long-term ambition for PE and school sport in December 2004. The main aim is that by 2010 all children will be offered at least four hours of sport a week. This will comprise two hours of high-quality

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PE and sport at school, and the opportunity for at least a further two to three hours beyond the school day, delivered by a range of school, community and club providers. Additional funding of £519 million has been committed to deliver on this ambition in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Funding for future years will be announced following the outcome of the next Comprehensive Spending Review.

No national curriculum subjects will be dropped from the curriculum in order to deliver the 2010 ambition.

We have held no negotiations with the teachers’ unions specifically about the 2010 ambition. Any demand for additional teachers to deliver the school elements of the 2010 ambition will be taken into account, as normal, by the teacher supply modelling exercise. The PE and school sport professional development programme will ensure that teachers have the skills and expertise they need to continue to deliver high-quality PE and school sport for young people.


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