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Written Answers

Friday 18 July 2008

Bovine Tuberculosis

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The Independent Scientific Group (ISG) derived costs for a culling programme carried over a 100km2 area for five years from a cost-benefit analysis study carried out by Defra in 2005, which is available on the Defra website. These are presented in the ISG final report as follows:

Culling methodAnnual cost of culling per km2Total culling cost (75km2) for five years*

Cage trapping

£3,800

£1,425 000

Gassing

£2,390

£896,250

Snaring

£2,460

£922,500

Farmer licensing

£1,000

£350,000

* Assumes 75 per cent access to overall land area.

Cost estimates for cage trapping, gassing and snaring are based on culling operations being undertaken by skilled and specialist field staff, as carried out in the RBCT. The cost estimate is based on farmers undertaking the culling operations themselves under licence. The ISG acknowledges that these costs are only estimates and do not take into account additional costs which would be associated with the implementation of a badger-culling control policy, such as the need for security and police involvement.

The report does not explicitly state the calculated costs for a prolonged badger cull over an area of 250km2 to 350km2, but based on the above estimates and, once again, assuming 75 per cent access to overall land area, a government-led cull using cage trapping over an area of 350km2 for five years would cost an estimated £4,987,500. The ISG’s final report is available on the Defra website.

Broadcasting: Digital Switchover

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Audio equipment, including analogue and digital radios, is not modelled separately by the Government’s market transformation programme (MTP), which is thus unable to provide numbers for radios in use in 2011.

Integrated digital television (IDTV) stock—of a range of viewing technologies from liquid crystal display (LCD) to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and plasma—is projected to be around 34,500,000 in 2011. This is expected to represent 51 per cent of all TVs.

Plasma TV stock is projected to be around 7,250,000 in 2011 and is expected to represent 11 per cent of all TVs. It is projected that 85 per cent (around 6,200,000) of plasma TVs will have an integrated digital tuner.

Cluster Munitions

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): All UK cluster-munitions, as defined by the adopted text of the Oslo convention, are subject to the terms of the convention as agreed in Dublin.

Energy: Nuclear Plants

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: Paragraphs 2.10 to 2.25 of the nuclear White Paper published in January 2008 set out the reasoning behind our conclusion that throughout their lifecycle the carbon emissions from nuclear power stations are low and that new nuclear power stations could therefore make a material contribution to tackling climate change, as part of a wider strategy to cut emissions.

The department also published a cost-benefit analysis for nuclear power alongside the energy White Paper in May 2007. This compared nuclear power with gas-fired generation and alternative low-carbon generation options. This analysis is available at: www.berr.gov.uk/files/file39525.pdf.



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RAF: Transport Aircraft

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The information requested is as follows:

AircraftNo.Year of ManufactureYear of Acquisition

C-17A Globemaster

4

2001

2008 (Note 1)

C-17A Globemaster

2

2008

2008

Hercules C-130K

19

Information not held

1966-68

Hercules C-130J

24

Information not held

1998-2001

TriStar (Note 2)

9

1979-80

1983-84

VC10 (Note 2)

16

1965-70

1966-81

BAE 125

6

1983-84

1983-84

BAE 146

2

1986

1986



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Waste Management: Recycling

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The following table provides details of funding awarded to the Government-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) over the past five years.

WRAP Funding from English Funding Bodies in each of past Five Years
Financial YearsDTIDefraEnvironment AgencyTotal

2003-04

5,000,000

24,050,447

-

29,050,447

2004-05

-

45,708,474

-

45,708,474

2005-06

-

68,200,229

-

68,200,229

2006-07

-

57,928,224

256,104

58,184,328

2007-08

-

58,830,205

224,074

59,054,279

Total

5,000,000

254,717,579

480,178

260,197,757


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