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Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Foot and Mouth (Devon) (2 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: I have been asked to reply. Various assessments have been made by organisations in the south-west of the impact of the foot and mouth outbreak on businesses, including in Devon, although it might not be possible from these to identify specifically the impact on the foreign language school industry. Government recognise that foot and mouth has had an impact on a wide range of businesses and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (3 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: Over 16,000 letters have been received during recent months on foot-and-mouth-related issues. It is not possible to say precisely how many of these concern the reopening of footpaths, although we estimate the number to be in the region of 1,000. Ministers have also met representatives of a range of interested parties, including users of footpaths, farmers and land managers; to discuss path...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (3 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: As part of our strategy for rural recovery, we want to see footpaths and other rights of way reopened wherever it is safe to do so. I refer the hon. Member to the statement by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 21 June 2001, Official Report, columns 166–86. My right hon. Friend also announced a significant relaxation of movement restrictions on livestock to help the farming...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (3 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: We have commissioned a series of regional surveys on the economic impact of foot and mouth disease, and we are planning further follow-up work including local area surveys. Members of the rural task force were briefed on the survey work and we will continue to keep them up to date. The general picture emerging from the surveys is very varied, with some areas and types of business displaying...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Countryside and Rights of Way Act (3 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: holding answer 2 July 2001 Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 will require persons exercising a right of access under the Act to keep any dog on a short lead during the period March to July, and at any time in the vicinity of livestock. The Act also allows for further restrictions on dogs to be imposed in certain circumstances. However, the new right will not apply to any...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Countryside and Rights of Way Act (3 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: holding answer 2 July 2001 There are a number of provisions in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 which require my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to make regulations before they are brought into force. In particular, a consultation paper was issued in March on proposals for regulations under section 11 of the Act to enable the Countryside Agency to prepare draft maps of...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (5 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: The data provided by the local authorities which administer the rate relief scheme do not distinguish between different classes of business, so the question cannot be answered in precisely the terms of the question. The background is that local authorities have powers to grant rate relief to businesses suffering financial hardship. Normally, the Government meet 75 per cent. of the cost of...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Car Boot Sales (9 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: There are no figures available on the number of arable farms which benefit from income from car boot sales.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (9 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: My predecessor as chairman of the Rural Task Force, my right hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, West and Royton (Mr. Meacher), and officials in former DETR and DEFRA, have held frequent discussions with DCMS Ministers and officials as I have done since taking on this role. The Minister for Tourism, my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells), is a member of the Rural Task Force,...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (9 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: On 23 May we issued revised guidance to local authorities, based on the latest veterinary risk assessment published at the same time, that it was safe to re-open all public rights of way outside 3 km protection zones around infected premises. The veterinary risk assessment concluded that the likelihood of footpath users transmitting the foot and mouth disease virus was extremely small....

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (9 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: holding answer 3 July 2001 Guidance was issued by the Government on 23 May, based on veterinary risk assessment, that footpaths outside 3 km protection zones around Infected Premises may be safely re-opened. That guidance remains in place. As part of our strategy for rural recovery we want to see footpaths and other rights of way re-opened wherever it is safe to do so. This is essential in...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Potato Harvest (9 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: holding answer 28 June 2001 The date limit for harvesting potatoes, or other crops, from set-aside land is designed to ensure that farmers cannot receive both an EU payment for taking land out of production and revenue from agricultural operations during the set-aside period. In a normal year any previously planted crops must be harvested by 15 January at the latest in order to comply with...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Fox Numbers (9 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: There is no information collected centrally which could provide the basis for an answer to this question. The pressure on the Department's staff—and indeed on all organisations involved—has been enormous and collation of data at this time is focused on information relevant to eradication of foot and mouth disease.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Countryside and Rights of Way Act (10 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 requires various regulations to be made before the right of access is brought into force. The table sets out the provisional programme for consultation on proposals for regulations and for bringing the regulations into force in order to meet our Public Service Agreement target. We are firmly committed to the 2005 target although the exact...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Digital Divide (11 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: As set out in the rural White Paper (Chapter 7.5.2–3) it is the Government's policy to stimulate and promote industry investment in higher band width services so that as many people as possible can get faster access to the internet and other information services. Policy on the costs of access and competition in the internet access market are matters for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (11 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: The tourist industry is represented on the rural task force by the British Hospitality Association, the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council; ministerial colleagues from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport also attend. Under my chairmanship and, formerly, under that of my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment (Mr. Meacher), the task force has...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (11 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: It is too early to make a full assessment of the number of jobs lost as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak, and for many businesses the worst impacts are likely to occur over the autumn and winter period. Evidence on labour market impact suggests that broadly foot and mouth disease has slowed the rate at which unemployment is falling, through an effect on both job losses and recruitment....

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: The Soil Association (11 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: holding answer 3 July 2001 Officials met the director of the Soil Association and senior colleagues on 21 June. The meeting was primarily an opportunity for the Soil Association to brief the Department on recent initiatives and activities. We warmly welcome continuing contacts of this sort.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Hedgerows (17 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: We expect to consult on proposals to amend the Hedgerows Regulations 1997 later this year.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (19 Jul 2001)

Alun Michael: The Department does not have statistics on job losses in the agricultural sector in Cumbria resulting from foot and mouth disease. We are, however, planning to organise a telephone survey of a sample of farmers who have been directly or indirectly affected by foot and mouth disease. It is proposed that questions relating to the employment effects of the outbreak will be included in this...


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