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Elliot Morley: I represented the UK at the Fisheries Council on 18 June together with Ms Rhona Brankin, the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development in the Scottish Executive, and Ms Brid Rogers, Northern Irish Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development. The Council had a full discussion of the Commission's Green Paper on the 2002 Review of the Common Fisheries Policy. There was...
Elliot Morley: I am informed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) that the number of veterinary practices registered with them on the dates specified were as follows: As at 1 May Number 1997 2,042 1998 2,077 1999 2,123 2000 2,174 2001 2,312 They further inform me that veterinary practices are not under any obligation to register with the RCVS, so it is possible that...
Elliot Morley: We have received a very large number of representations from a wide range of organisations. These responses are being taken into account in considering a range of issues surrounding the movement of livestock both during, and after, the current foot and mouth disease outbreak. An announcement on our conclusions will be made in due course.
Elliot Morley: Pick-your-own businesses that fall within an infected area and are in close proximity to livestock will be affected by the foot and mouth restrictions. A veterinary risk assessment is being prepared as a matter of urgency and will be placed on the Department's website http://www.defra.gov.uk/.
Elliot Morley: I have been asked to reply. The following table contains the readily available information from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database. It shows, for 1997, 1998 and 1999, the number of defendants proceeded against and those found guilty of offences under the Dogs Act 1871 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England and Wales by police force area. Information for 2000 is not yet available....
Elliot Morley: An infected premises is one where foot and mouth disease has either been diagnosed by a vet on the farm, supported by convincing clinical evidence, or where disease is found after testing. However, a negative laboratory result does not necessarily mean that the disease was not present and does not change the status of an infected premises confirmed on clinical diagnosis.
Elliot Morley: No formal assessment has been made, but it is evident that the situation is mixed. Some veterinary surgeons operating in large animal practices will have been unable to carry out much of their normal work because of foot and mouth disease restrictions. However, many of those affected will have carried out work related to the outbreak on behalf of this Department.
Elliot Morley: Since her appointment, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not yet had the opportunity to have specific discussions with representatives of tenant farmers, but my noble Friend Lord Whitty met tenant farmers last week to discuss various issues.
Elliot Morley: From 1 January 2000 all packaging materials, including wood, were covered by the requirements of the Regulations. For wood there is a recovery obligation only. This can be met by recycling, composting or incineration with energy recovery.
Elliot Morley: The Government are determined to tackle pollution from industry in a cost-effective and proportionate way. Emissions to air, water and land from major industrial sources are tightly controlled under the Integrated Pollution Control system and the new Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control system. Strong new rules are now in place to make sure that companies take proper responsibility for...
Elliot Morley: Like all livestock sectors, the pig industry is going through a difficult time, mainly as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak. Once exports markets are open, and if the industry makes full use of the assistance provided by the Ongoers element of the Government's Pig Industry Restructuring Scheme, the medium term prospects will look more promising.
Elliot Morley: The Labour Party manifesto gave a commitment to set up an Independent Commission to advise on how we create a sustainable, competitive and diverse farming and food sector within a thriving rural economy which enhances environmental, health and animal welfare goals. An announcement will be made on the role and terms of reference when decisions have been taken.
Elliot Morley: The Government's objective is to facilitate the development of dynamic, competitive and sustainable economies in the countryside, tackling poverty in rural areas and this is a key priority for my Department. We will be working closely with the Regional Development Agencies, the Countryside Agency, local authorities and other partners including the food and farming industries to achieve this.
Elliot Morley: In view of the advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas the United Kingdom is fully supportive of the need to develop recovery programmes for North Sea cod, West of Scotland cod, Irish Sea cod as well as for Northern hake. Most recently the European Commission (on behalf of the Member States) reached an agreement with Norway on the steps to be taken for the second...
Elliot Morley: holding answer 26 June 2001 Expenditure incurred to date in introducing the title of the new Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is as follows: Title £(17) Conceptual design, graphics and photography 7,177 Design/production/installation of signs and graphic panels 19,560 Printing 21,804 Miscellaneous 950 (17) All figures are exclusive of VAT
Elliot Morley: The numbers of licensed red meat abattoirs in England in 1980-2000 were: Number of licensed red meat abattoirs in England 1980 960 1981 910 1982 840 1983 875 1984 860 1985 850 1986 815 1987 795 1988 780 1989 690 1990 645 1991 595 1992 540 1993 434 1994 424 1995 402 1996 384 1997 375 1998 360 1999 339 2000 316
Elliot Morley: I replied to the letter from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed on 26 June 2001.
Elliot Morley: My Department will have a crucial role in promoting conservation of the countryside. Under the England Rural Development Programme our spending on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme is projected to rise from around £51 million in the current financial year to £126 million in 2006-07.
Elliot Morley: Despite the formation of the new Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Supplementary Estimates must still be made in the name of the former Ministry until such time as its functions can be transferred by ways of Transfer of Functions Orders. Any changes to the MAFF DEL necessary as a result of the Machinery of Government changes announced following the general election on 7...
Elliot Morley: The information is not yet available in the form requested. The Department is currently preparing a database of detailed information on livestock valuations and I will right to the right hon. Member when I am able to provide the information.