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Eu Tobacco

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the recipients of exported EU tobacco by (a) country and (b) grade; what quantities are involved; what the new rights of access under Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to commence in the upper north west region. [112530]

I announced in November last year that the new right for the public to walk on mountain, moor, heath, down and registered common land will be rolled out on a region by region basis. This will give walkers the right to walk in open countryside and on registered common land as early as possible, rather than having to wait for the mapping process to be completed for the whole country. I intend to open the upper and lower north west regions in the autumn of 2004.This is a demanding timetable as we will need to have in place not only the conclusive maps for those regions but also all necessary restrictions and exclusions. Guidance and codes of practice will also need to be available to walkers and landowners. These mechanisms are necessary under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (The CROW Act) and it is important for them to be in force in each region before access land is made available to the public so that the interests of both land managers and walkers are safeguarded. We expect to meet the target of having all access land open by the end of 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 16 January, Official Report, column 735W, if she will set out the timetable for the implementation of regulations under Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. [112801]

The table below records the progress we have already mace towards bringing regulations into force and our timetable for completing the process. As I explained in my answer of 16 January, the precise timing may vary but we are firmly committed to ensuring the necessary regulations are made to allow the new right of public access under the Act to be rolled out as planned.quantity of each grade is destroyed by the Communities; what the cost in 2003 is of (i) subsidy and (ii) destruction, broken down by grade; which countries are recipients of production subsidy; and if she will make a statement. [111076]

Exports of tobacco in 2001, the latest full year available, were as shown in the table.There is no provision under the EU regime for tobacco to be destroyed.The cost of production subsidies in 2002 was 970 million euros (£610 million at 2002 exchange rates

1 ). The budget provision for 2003 is £956 million euros (£623 million2 ).

EU exports to world of tobacco, 2001 (latest full year)

Units=tons

Unmanufactured tobacco; tobacco refuse— CN Code 2401

Tobacco, not stemmed/ stripped— CN Code 240110

Tobacco, partly of wholly stemmed/stripped— CN Code 240120

Tobacco refuse— CN Code 240130

World388,238124,21978,67456,577

of which:

France21,6942,0501,51015,778
Netherlands40,01611,95710,4533,338
Germany41,5577,66610,9095,311
Italy11,2906,4261,444407
United Kingdom17,3762,0558,2342,598
Ireland7,8568334,1681,578
Denmark7823681001
Greece9,8761,4466071,706
Portugal2,958403658599
Spain3,911208631553
Belgium19,2794,7194,2872,959
Luxembourg8,4047,8212645
Norway957152100253
Sweden252181140
Finland1026708
Austria7,0841,1323,6031,237
Switzerland7,1781,913934183
Andorra138090
Gibraltar1100
Malta2002
Turkey4,26614744904
Latvia1,329180159329
Lithuania4161972190
Poland5,1131,840816187
Czech Rep.903273253146
Slovakia664162106182
Hungary2,5566671,39283
Romania6,29010959551,093
Bulagaria1,2511280747
Albania12112100
Ukraine7,3321,4431,001556
Belarus1,054670159149
Moldova7733921190
Russia36,63013,9236,4856,589
Georgia339185790
Armenia22718700
Azerbaijan4,5098062,18113
Kasakhstan1,14968170300
Uzbekistan27918087
Kyrghistan13200131
Slovenia1,5443991257
Croatia149000
Bosnia-Herz.19901520
Serb. Monten.3,1435591,365723
For. JRep. Mac.1,393428572316
Morocco64864800
Algeria7,6105,1601,0000
Tunisia4,9242,50120239
Libyan Arab Jamahir36302130
Egypt17,91810,0501,107335
Mauritania63662907
Mali383800
Burkina Faso3490180
Senegal78891013
Guinea19000
Ivory Coast3,6175137118

The countries in which tobacco subsidies are paid are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

This Government are opposed to the payment of production subsidies for tobacco and seeks their elimination as part of the continuing reform of the common agricultural policy.

1 Based on the average for 2002: 0.628685 euro to the GB pound.

2 Based on 2 January 2003 exchange rate of 0.652000 euro to the GB pound.

EU exports to world of tobacco, 2001 (latest full year)

Units=tons

Unmanufactured tobacco; tobacco refuse— CN Code 2401

Tobacco, not stemmed/ stripped— CN Code 240110

Tobacco, partly of wholly stemmed/stripped— CN Code 240120

Tobacco refuse— CN Code 240130

Ghana210210
Gabon202000
Rwanda13701370
Ethiopia10001000
Kenya220184
Tanzania130130
Madagascar2372600
Zimbabwe171610
South Africa1,322741,0473
USA20,77510,7882,1842,926
Canada3461851590
Mexico1,3546730384
Honduras484800
Cuba212100
Haiti40000
Dominican R.4271761390
Jamaica79000
Trinidad, Tob.49215700
Colombia2,1299540356
Venezuela2,0093001,979
Ecuador151500
Brazil951868083
Chile175127320
Bolivia30000
Paraguay53928100
Uruguay3,4953,41300
Argentina36134200
Cyprus101000
Lebanon45502570
Iran59000
Israel9783743000
Jordan14714700
Saudi Arabia308220
U.A. Emirates250025
Pakistan1000
India7149184
Bangladesh842352370120
Sri Lanka166131323
Vietnam149160
Cambodia27102710
Indonesia3,9113,4124943
Malaysia61129821895
Singapore2,994232,056156
Philippines5666700
North Korea20820800
South Korea4,4194,41900
Japan7,8774,0812,29635
Taiwan36636400
Hong Kong1,980565366538
Macao161600
Australia444367770
New Zealand101000

Source:

Comest, Eurostat—disk no. 12/2002. Extracted: 30 April 2003.