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Written Answers

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

Written Answers to Questions

Monday 27 November 2006

International Development

Aid Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to how many countries his Department has contributed funds via basket funding alongside other donors. (100667)

There is no standardised definition of a basket fund. For the basis of this question, DFID has determined a basket fund to be a fund where

(a) at least two donors pool resources into a common bank account to support a government to implement an agreed sector programme or set of activities; and

(b) procedures relating to the operation of the bank account are additional to government's own procedures; and

(c) are governed by an agreement between government and donors.

On this basis DFID contributed to some 45 basket funds in the following 18 countries in 2005:

Ghana

DRC

Ethiopia

Malawi

Mozambique

Rwanda

Tanzania

Uganda

Zambia

Bangladesh

Cambodia

Nepal

Pakistan

Vietnam

Bolivia

Guyana

Nicaragua

Palestine.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value is, as a proportion of recipient countries' gross domestic products, of (a) UK and (b) all bilateral and multilateral donors' aid to all countries in receipt of UK aid. (101154)

The value of official development assistance (ODA) and official aid (OA) in 2004 as a proportion of gross national income provided to recipient countries by (a) the UK and (b) all bilateral and multilateral donors is shown in Table 1. This information is collated by the Development Co-operation Directive of the OECD and is also available via its website at oecd.org/dac/stats. Data for 2005 are not yet available. Gross national income (GNI) comprises the total value of goods and services produced within a country (gross domestic product) together with its income received from other countries less similar payments made to other countries. Gross national income is the internationally preferred measure for aid comparison purposes.

Table 1: Total ODA/OA as percentage of GNI for recipients of UK aid, 2004

UK

All donors

Afghanistan

3.9

38.0

Albania

0.1

4.7

Algeria

0.0

0.4

Angola

0.1

6.5

Anguilla

1

1

Antigua a Barbuda

0.0

0.2

Armenia

0.2

7.1

Azerbaijan

0.0

2.3

Bangladesh

0.4

2.3

Barbados

1

1

Belarus

0.0

0.2

Belize

0.0

0.7

Bolivia

0.6

9.1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

0.1

8.0

Botswana

0.0

0.5

Brazil

0.0

0.0

Bulgaria

0.0

2.6

Burkina Faso

0.1

12.7

Burundi

1.5

54.8

Cambodia

0.4

11.1

Cameroon

0.2

5.3

Chad

0.3

12.1

Chile

0.0

0.1

China

0.0

0.1

Colombia

0.0

0.6

Congo Democratic Republic (Zaire)

4.7

28.6

Congo, Republic

0.1

3.5

Costa Rica

-0.1

0.1

Cote d'Ivoire

0.0

1.1

Croatia

0.0

0.4

Cuba

1

1

Dominica

-1.4

11.6

Dominican Republic

0.0

0.5

Ecuador

-0.1

0.6

Egypt

0.1

1.9

El Salvador

0.0

1.4

Eritrea

0.6

28.4

Ethiopia

1.8

22.8

FYROM-Macedonia

0.1

4.8

Gambia

0.1

15.9

Georgia

0.1

6.3

Ghana

3.1

16.0

Grenada

0.2

4.0

Guatemala

0.0

0.8

Guinea

0.1

8.1

Guyana

2.7

17.8

Haiti

0.1

6.9

Honduras

0.0

9.1

India

0.1

0.1

Indonesia

0.0

0.0

Iran

0.0

0.1

Iraq

1

1

Jamaica

0.1

1.0

Jordan

0.0

5.1

Kazakhstan

0.0

0.7

Kenya

0.3

4.1

Korea, Dem. Rep.

1

1

Kyrgyzstan

0.3

12.3

Laos

0.1

11.7

Lebanon

0.0

1.2

Lesotho

0.4

6.0

Liberia

4.3

55.1

Madagascar

0.6

28.9

Malawi

6.7

26.9

Malaysia

0.0

0.3

Maldives

0.1

3.9

Mali

0.0

12.2

Mauritania

0.0

14.5

Mauritius

0.0

0.6

Mexico

0.0

0.0

Moldova

0.2

4.1

Mongolia

0.5

17.3

Montserrat

1

1

Morocco

0.0

1.4

Mozambique

1.3

23.7

Myanmar (Burma)

1

1

Namibia

0.0

3.0

Nepal

1.0

6.4

Nicaragua

0.3

28.9

Niger

0.3

17.5

Nigeria

0.2

1.0

Pakistan

0.1

1.5

Palestinian adm. areas

1

1

Panama

0.0

0.3

Paraguay

0.0

0.3

Peru

0.0

0.7

Philippines

0.0

0.5

Romania

0.0

1.3

Russia

0.0

0.2

Rwanda

3.2

25.8

Senegal

0.1

13.9

Serbia and Montenegro

0.0

4.9

Seychelles

0.0

1.5

Sierra Leone

5.8

34.3

Singapore

0.0

0.0

Slovak Republic

0.0

0.6

Slovenia

0.0

0.2

Somalia

1

1

South Africa

0.0

0.3

Sri Lanka

0.1

2.7

St. Helena

1

1

St. Lucia

-4.1

-3.2

St. Vincent and Grenadines

0.0

2.7

States of ex Yugoslavia (unspecified)

1

1

Sudan

0.6

4.9

Swaziland

0.1

4.8

Syria

0.0

0.5

Tajikistan

0.1

12.0

Tanzania

2.0

16.2

Thailand

0.0

0.0

Timor-Leste

0.1

31.6

Togo

0.0

3.0

Trinidad and Tobago

0.0

0.0

Turkey

0.0

0.1

Turkmenistan

0.0

0.6

Turks and Caicos Islands

1

1

Uganda

1.6

17.3

Ukraine

0.0

0.6

Uzbekistan

0.0

2.1

Venezuela

0.0

0.0

Vietnam

0.2

4.1

Yemen

0.1

2.1

Zambia

5.4

20.7

Zimbabwe

1

1

1 GNI figure is not available

Note:

0.0 per cent. means less than 0.05 per cent.

Source:

DAC On-line (Reference Section: Total Net ODA/OA DAC2a)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) (i) direct budgetary support, (ii) humanitarian assistance, (iii) technical assistance and (iv) grants in kind, broken down by recipient country and (b) multilateral projects, broken down by multilateral agency, in (A) 2003-04, (B) 2004-05 and (C) 2005-06. (101161)

This information is published in Table 12 and Table 16 of “Statistics on International Development 2001/02-2005/06”, a copy of which is available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects with a value of (a) between £100,000 and £1,000,000 and (b) over £1,000,000 were funded by his Department in (i) India, (ii) Bangladesh, (iii) Sudan, (iv) Tanzania, (v) Afghanistan, (vi) Pakistan, (vii) Ghana, (viii) Nigeria, (ix) Uganda, (x) China, (xi) Indonesia, (xii) Kenya, (xiii) Ethiopia and (xiv) Democratic Republic of the Congo in each of the last three years. (101169)

The required information is contained in Table PQ101169 (a): Projects funded by DFID, between 2003-04 and 2005-06 with a value of between £100,000 and £1,000,000 and Table PQ101169 (b): Projects funded by DFID, between 2003-04 and 2005-06 with a value of over £1,000,000, copies of which have been placed in the Library. The funding information relates to the total commitment value of the project in the year that the project was approved. The final expenditure on each project may be spread over several years and may be different from the original commitment value.

Bonus Payments

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year. (101032)

The following tables give the number of non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID staff in each of the last four years (figures for 2001-02 are not available) together with the total costs in each of those years.

Non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID senior civil servants (SCS)

Number of awards

Total cost (£)

2002-03

27

85,051

2003-04

57

189,500

2004-05

68

266,750

2005-06

65

377,100

Non-pensionable bonuses awarded to DFID staff below SCS

Number of awards

Total cost (£)

2002-03

323

292,528

2003-04

654

285,601

2004-05

508

230,600

2005-06

1,106

515,865

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. (101033)

Different arrangements apply to the bonus awards paid to senior civil servants (SCS) and those paid to staff in grades below the SCS.

Senior civil servants (SCS)

In addition to base pay increases, SCS are eligible for non-consolidated bonus awards. Bonuses are intended to reward delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year, or other short-term personal contributions to wider organisational objectives. In considering SCS staff for bonuses, line managers are asked to take into account:

performance against agreed priority business objectives or targets;

total delivery record over the year;

relative stretch (i.e. the challenge of the job compared to that of others); and

responses to unforeseen events.

DFID’s SCS Pay Committee considers line managers' recommendations and make their final decision on who should receive a bonus award based on the evidence provided.

Staff below the SCS

DFID operates a Special Achievement Award (SAA) scheme for staff below the SCS. The scheme rewards and recognises staff (both individuals and teams) who make a special contribution in line with DFID values. Awards can be made throughout the year. To be eligible for consideration for an award, individuals or teams need to complete a piece of work or make a sustained effort that makes a special contribution to the work of DFID.

Because of the wide range of work undertaken by DFID, both at home and overseas, we have not defined broad criteria across the organisation as a whole. Directors define and publish specific criteria for Special Achievement Awards within their Divisions. This will typically include:

sustained effort in unusual circumstances;

a one off high quality contribution;

innovative thinking which helps the office operate more efficiently; and

going the “extra mile” to achieve a particular task or objective.

Nominations for SAAs are passed to Directors for consideration and are marked successful or unsuccessful. Directors share their Divisional criteria with fellow Directors for information, with the aim of promoting consistency across DFID.

Climate Change Adaptation Fund

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK has made to the Climate Change Adaptation Fund agreed on 14 November at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change CoP12 Conference in Nairobi. (103043)

The Adaptation Fund is not yet operational. The recent 12th Conference of Parties (CoP12) to the Climate Change Convention agreed some elements of operational guidance for the fund. We expect that other key elements of guidance, such as the management agency, will be agreed at CoP13 in 2007, so that the fund can become operational in 2008.

The fund will be financed primarily from a 2 per cent. levy on the value of emission offset projects in developing countries under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.

The UK Government have committed a total of £20 million to the UN Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the UN Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) which have been operational since 2004 and 2005 respectively. The UK is the largest donor to the SCCF and the second largest donor to the LDCF.

Darfur

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely impact on international aid projects in the region of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force due to enter Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (102314)

It is crucial that the arrangements for the AU-UN joint peace keeping force for Darfur are fully agreed by the Government of Sudan. They also need to agree the other elements of the conclusions of the Addis Ababa meeting, including a ceasefire and the resumption of the political process in Darfur.

The planned UN reinforcement of AMIS, of which the hybrid force is the third stage, should provide much needed increased security and protection for millions of civilians. It should also provide the conditions necessary to enable the international humanitarian agencies reach the people who are in desperate need of assistance.

Departmental Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many statistics sets his Department has produced in total in each of the last five years. (101647)

The current list of National Statistics produced by DFID can be found on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/ns_ons/nsproducts/default.asp

A list of changes to the scope of National Statistics (additions and withdrawals) in each of the last five years can be found in the relevant National Statistics annual report available on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=1051

In addition to National Statistics, DFID publishes a wide range of other numerical information in a variety of forms including other data produced from the management and administration of the department and in research reports. There is no consistent definition of the term “statistics sets” and no centrally held information on the total published in each year on this basis.

EU Association Agreements

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Association Agreements the EU will begin negotiating in January 2007 with Latin American countries are consistent with the UK’s development policy; (101704)

(2) what assessment he has made on the progress of the negotiations on the EU-Latin America Association Agreements; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what assessment he has made of the impact the Association Agreements which the EU will begin negotiating in January 2007 with Latin American countries will have on efforts to meet the millennium development goals in that region;

(4) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) the European Commission and (ii) other EU member states on plans for impact assessments for Latin American countries to be carried out on the EU-Latin America Association Agreements.

The UK Government continue to closely assess negotiations on the various Association Agreements (AA) proposed between the EU and Latin America (EU-LA). Progress towards an EU-Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and since July, Venezuela) AA has been slower than the UK would have wished, though ultimately the overall substance is significantly more important than the timing. The UK remains committed to an ambitious, balanced and mutually beneficial agreement, and believe it will be important for our strategic partnership with Latin America. Agreements between EU-Andean Community (CAN) and EU-Central America (CA) are in the formative stages of negotiations, having been launched earlier in the year. The European Commission is expected to adopt draft negotiating directives on future agreements with CA and CAN early in December. We will have the further opportunity to discuss these shortly thereafter in various EU-LA working groups in Brussels, which we regularly attend.

The Community of Andean Nations (CAN) and the Central America countries (CA) have been deepening their relations with the EU over recent years. At the EU-Latin America Caribbean (LAC) Ministerial Summit, held in Guadalajara in 2004, the EU committed to starting negotiations for Association Agreements with both the Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), and with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela—Venezuela withdrew from CAN in April 2006, and has since joined Mercosur). These commitments were made with the proviso that the respective Latin American regions first undertake a satisfactory level of regional economic integration, to be evaluated by joint assessment exercises.

Following a positive outcome of the joint assessment exercise on regional economic integration carried out with Central America, the May 2006 Vienna EU-LAC Ministerial Summit agreed to launch negotiations for an Association Agreement between the EU and the Central American countries. The draft negotiating directives for an EU-CA Association Agreement are expected to be ready for discussion at the Commission’s Latin American working group, AMLAT, in December.

DFID has been supporting small enterprises and rural producers in Central America to prepare for their participation in the negotiations. DFID has also been working locally with the European Commission and International Financial Institutions to ensure their support to small enterprises will enable them to participate fully in the trade opportunities the negotiations will present. This will help ensure that the increased trading between the two regions will actively contribute to efforts to meet the millennium development goals in Central America.

In South America, the Government of Chile and the EU will be holding their first meeting with civil society representatives later this month in the framework of the Chile-EU Association Agreement.

The EU-LAC Joint Declaration issued at the Vienna Summit in May this year reiterated the importance placed on:

“enhanced cooperation between both regions in order to achieve higher levels of social cohesion, and it welcomed the Joint EU Statement on “The European Consensus on Development” which puts poverty eradication at the core of EU Development cooperation, in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and which applies to all developing countries”.

In regard to the Andean Community, the respective joint assessment concluded that the level of CAN regional economic integration was not sufficient to progress to similar negotiations. It was therefore recommended at the Vienna Summit that the CAN and EU should hold further meetings to reach agreement on clearly defined areas of cooperation. A subsequent High Level Meeting between the Commission and the remaining CAN countries in July, concluded that sufficient clarity on areas of cooperation had been reached, and the next step should be for the representatives of CAN and the Commission to initiate internal consultations and undertake the necessary steps allowing for the launch of negotiations for an Association Agreement between the EU and the Andean Community.

Ministerial Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London underground, (c) tram or light railway services and (d) buses in connection with his ministerial duties. (101984)

Refugees (Africa)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of refugees crossing into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia as a result of recent conflict. (101761)

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) monitors movements of refugees. UNHCR reports that 32,000 Somalis are seeking refuge in Kenya as a result of recent conflict in Somalia, in addition to the existing case load of 160,000.

Electoral Commission Committee

Annual Canvass (Armed Forces)

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what work the Electoral Commission has carried out during the annual canvass to encourage members of the armed services to register to vote; and what the impact of the work has been. (102471)

The Commission informs me that, together with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), it has launched a campaign in support of the annual canvass to encourage service personnel to register. This has involved sending over 250,000 registration leaflets to over 4,000 military units across the globe; appointing Unit Registration Officers who arranged Service Electoral Registration Days within units; placing registration reminder messages on service personnel payslips; and publishing articles in a range of service publications. Electoral Registration Officers have been encouraged to work closely with Unit Registration Officers to maximise registration and to monitor the success of the campaign.

The Commission and the MOD will be conducting a thorough evaluation of the campaign, which will include the MOD repeating the survey it conducted during the 2005 annual canvass to monitor registration levels and awareness among service personnel. The results from this will be available in spring 2007. Initial evidence suggests that this year’s campaign has been more successful in encouraging service personnel to register than that in 2005.

Electoral Commission

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission (a) spent on hospitality in each year since its creation and (b) has spent in 2006-07. (102850)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the information sought by my hon. Friend is not available in the precise form requested.

Expenditure specifically recorded as hospitality in the Commission’s accounts for each of the years from 2002-03 to 2005-06 was as shown in the following table.

Amount (£)

2002-03

34,888

2003-04

52,011

2004-05

58,286

2005-06

45,294

Expenditure to date in 2006-07 is just under £51,000.

Corresponding figures for 2000-01 and 2001-02, the first two financial years of the Commission’s existence, are not available.

Other Commission expenditure may include incidental elements of hospitality, but these cannot readily be separately identified.

Transport

A1

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to dual the A1 between Edinburgh and Newcastle. (103304)

In the recent regional funding allocation exercise the north east region did not put the two proposed A1 dualling schemes between Newcastle and the Scottish Border high on their list of priorities. This means they will not now be taken forward within the 10 year funding period. Transport Scotland has no proposals for further dualling of their section of the A1 between Berwick and Edinburgh.

Aerodrome Designation

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he uses in deciding whether to designate an aerodrome under section 80 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, to assess whether there is a need to mitigate the effect of noise and vibration connected with the taking off or landing of aircraft. (101772)

There are no set criteria for deciding whether to designate an aerodrome under section 80 for the purposes of section 78 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982. Each case will be judged on its merits based on the principle that airports should strike a reasonable balance between the interests of the aviation industry and those of affected communities.

Aircraft Crashes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what aircraft crashes there have been in England in each of the last five years; which of these involved a Cessna 206 aircraft; and in which cases there were resulting fatalities. (103385)

The following table details the number of reportable accidents and incidents in the UK over the last five years investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations 1996.

The Report Form figure indicates accidents/incidents in the UK dealt with by correspondence only, with a report form being completed by the commander of an aircraft.

The Field figure represents the more serious accidents and incidents investigated by a team of AAIB inspectors, usually deployed to the scene of an accident/incident. This Field figure includes all fatal accidents in the UK (also quoted separately).

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Report Form

220

257

168

243

240

Field

67

82

67

78

78

Fatal accidents

12

15

18

18

13

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Cessna 206

Report form

0

1

0

2

0

Field

1

0

1

0

0

Fatal accidents

0

0

1

0

0

All AAIB UK Cessna 206 investigations since beginning of 2002:

Date

Aircraft type

Registration

Location

Invest type

Fatal/Non-fatal

5 May 2002

Cessna U206F

G-BAGV

Strathallan Airfield, Perthshire

Field

Non-fatal accident

24 August 2003

Cessna U206F

G-STAT

Strathallan Airfield, Perthshire

Report Form

Non-fatal accident

27 June 2004

Cessna U206F

G-BGED

Beacon Village, near Honiton, Devon

Field

Fatal accident

9 October 2005

Cessna U206

G-ATCE

Lewknor, Oxfordshire

Report Form

Non-fatal accident

20 October 2005

Cessna U206F

G-BMHC

Tilstock Airfield Preesheath, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Report Form

Non-fatal accident

Airline Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of Manchester Airport's (a) proposed expansion and (b) proposed increase in night flights on neighbouring communities. (100973)

The last assessment of the impact of UK airport expansion was the 2003 White Paper, The Future of Air Transport. This supported growth at Manchester airport, provided it was environmentally acceptable, and identified three key issues to inform the airport's expansion plans and their consideration by the planning system:

(a) There should be the maximum reduction in noise levels, to minimise the number of people affected—including stringent limits on day and night-time noise, looking at least 10 years ahead;

(b) Growth does not jeopardise air quality standards, which should be thoroughly monitored and evaluated;

(c) The airport should work closely with local and regional partners to limit traffic growth—including better traffic management and, possibly, road user charging. Motorway improvements should be in harmony with environmental goals.

Aviation

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the conclusions and recommendations of (a) the Review by the Light Aviation Airports Study Group and (b) the Regulatory Review of General Aviation in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (102019)

The Light Aviation Airports Study Group presented its final report to the Civil Aviation Authority on 16 January 2006. A response from the Secretary of State was not required. On the Regulatory Review, I refer to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s written ministerial statement of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 54WS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of people in each income quintile took (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three or four and (e) five or more trips by aeroplane in 1997. (102694)

Bonus Payments

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year. (101018)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. (101019)

All bonus payments are performance related. There are two types of bonus payment available within the Department for Transport.

Performance related bonus payments are designed to reward and reflect performance over a reporting year. The criteria for receiving these are reviewed on an annual basis.

Special performance bonus payments are intended to reward exceptional individual or team performance over a limited period in particularly demanding tasks or situations. These payments relate to specific tasks carried out exceptionally well: they are not intended to reflect continuous/sustained good performance throughout the year, which should be reflected in the performance appraisal system.

Cessna Crash (June 2004)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) members of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and (b) other individuals involved in the investigation of the crash of a Cessna 206 aircraft in June 2004 which resulted in the death of Dr. Paul Norman; and what contact there has been between officials in his Department and officials from the Ministry of Defence on this crash. (103387)

The AAIB Inspectors involved were

One Principal Inspector

One Senior Inspector—Operations

One Senior Inspector—Engineering

One Senior Inspector—Engineering (Flight Recorders)

There was no contact between officials of the AAIB and officials from the MOD with respect to this accident and its investigation.

CIA Gulfstream Jet

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the (a) starting destination and (b) final destination were of the 80 flights by CIA Gulfstream jet registration N379P which took place between 2001 and 2003; what other information his Department holds on these flights; and if he will make a statement; (101272)

(2) how many of the 80 flights by CIA Gulfstream jet registration N379P in 2001 to 2003 (a) refuelled at airports in the UK, (b) landed at airports in the UK, (c) passed through UK airspace without landing and (d) collected individuals from the UK; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1053W. The data published on the Department's website include all of the flight plan information that the Department holds in respect of Gulfstream jet registration N379P.

Concessionary Fares Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed national concessionary fares scheme. (100912)

From April 2008, about 11 million older and disabled people resident in England will be entitled to free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England. The Government have earmarked up to an extra £250 million per year to fund this. We are consulting authorities, bus operators and other interested parties on the best framework for delivering the improved concessionary fares entitlement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how free off-peak transport for the elderly and disabled will be funded. (101666)

Up to an extra £250 million per year has been earmarked for the new national bus fare concession from April 2008. No decision has been made on the funding mechanism. We are consulting local authorities, bus operators and other interested parties on the best framework for delivering the improved entitlement.

Crossrail

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on the Crossrail project, broken down by financial year. (103422)

In 2001, the then Secretary of State allocated £154 million to Cross London Rail Links Ltd. (CLRL) to introduce and support the Crossrail hybrid Bill, currently before Parliament. This was followed by a further allocation to CLRL of £100 million in December 2005 for continued project development. In addition, the Department’s Bill and project development teams have incurred costs.

Crossrail costs broken down by years are as follows:

£ million

Financial year

CLRL costs

DfT costs

2001-02

5.3

2002-03

25.2

2003-04

31.5

1.45

2004-05

44.4

2.66

2005-06

42.6

3.66

2006-07

147

22.12

1 to 14 October 2006

2 to end October 2006

Drink/Drug-driving

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by drink-driving in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area. (102451)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accident fatalities were caused by or contributed to by driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (102563)

There were 59 fatalities resulting from personal injury road accidents in which at least one driver had impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal) as a contributory factor. These data are available only from 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on publicising the risks of driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years. (102564)

Communications warning of the dangers of drug-driving form part of the Department's THINK! road safety campaign. The Government are investing around £15 million in the THINK! campaign in this fiscal year.

The campaign advertising costs for the THINK! drug-driving campaign since the 2002-03 fiscal year are as follows:

£

2002-03

nil

2003-04

138,000

2004-05

150,000

2005-06

223,000

2006-07

1350,000

1 Expected outturn

The drug-drive campaign is very targeted to a niche audience, who, following research, appear to be the most likely to drug-drive.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated income to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from fees for providing replacement registration certificates (V5C) was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07. (102488)

The income, which is derived from fees for providing replacement registration certificates (V5C) for 2005-06 was £14.7 million and the forecasted income for 2006-07 is £13.5 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has for responding to complaints; and how many complaints received by (a) telephone, (b) letter and (c) electronic mail the DVLA responded to within those target times in each year since 1997, broken down by type of complaint. (102655)

DVLA has two internal targets for responding to complaints. These are:

1. To acknowledge all complaints within one working day; and

2. To provide a substantive response to all complaints within 10 working days.

Information on how the complaints were received is not available.

The following table shows how many complaints were received and how the DVLA performed against each target in the years requested.

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

Category—complaints received

Drivers (including Drivers Medical)

250

384

908

597

553

Vehicles

913

1,173

1,101

983

2,115

Telephone Service

198

134

157

137

142

Processing Procedures

5

6

18

322

212

Other

102

119

195

398

570

Total

1,468

1,816

2,379

2,437

3,592

Numbers and percentage responded within target1

Target 1

Number

1,458

1,816

2,379

2,437

3,592

Percentage

99.3

100

100

100

100

Target 2

Number

1,449

1,765

2,303

2,240

3,467

Percentage

98.7

97.2

96.8

91.9

96.5

Category

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Complaints received

Drivers (including Drivers Medical)

684

1,028

812

679

Vehicles

1,747

2,357

2,560

1,813

Telephone Service

122

119

111

67

Processing Procedures

236

331

614

407

Other

600

741

680

1,567

Total

3,389

4,576

4,777

4,490

Numbers and percentage responded within target1

Target 1

Number

3,389

4,576

4,777

4,490

Percentage

100

100

100

100

Target 2

Number

3,295

4,458

4,663

3,529

Percentage

97.2

97.4

97.6

78.6

1 Totals only available

First Great Western

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will urgently investigate the reliability of the 125 fleet on the Great Western lines; and what discussions he has had with First Great Western on its refurbishment and replacement programme. (103257)

I have held a number of meetings with First Great Western and Network Rail to discuss a range of performance issues. Joint action plans are in place between Network Rail and FGW to address these issues and are monitored monthly.

The first modified First Great Western High Speed Train (‘HST’) power cars have already entered service. My officials meet FGW regularly to review progress on the HST refurbishment and modification programme.

Foreign Hauliers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure foreign drivers of foreign registered vehicles are adequately insured to drive in the UK. (104572)

European law requires all vehicles registered in a member state to have insurance for the use of that vehicle in any other member state.

The police have full power to stop and check any foreign vehicle to ensure the driver has appropriate insurance cover.

Hit-and-run Drivers

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personal injury road accidents involving one or more hit and run drivers or riders there were in each year from 1997 to 2004, broken down by police force; and how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other injuries resulted from these accidents. (102460)

Left-hand Drive HGVs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of reported traffic incidents involved a heavy goods vehicle with left hand drive in each of the last five years; and what percentage of those incidents were attributed to poor visibility or blind spots on such vehicles. (102353)

1,014 personal injury road accidents reported to the police in 2005 involved a left hand drive heavy goods vehicle, 0.5 per cent. of all personal injury road accidents in 2005. In 32 per cent. of these accidents the heavy goods vehicles had “vehicle blind spot” as a contributory factor. This information is not available for years prior to 2005.

Lifeboats

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the full call out figures are for each lifeboat station in the UK in the last 12 months. (103594)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and independent lifeboat operators are not operated by the Government and the information is not collected in the form requested. However the RNLI lifeboats including those in the Republic of Ireland were launched 8,273 times in 2005. Other independent lifeboats were launched 831 times in 2005.

MOT

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the introduction of the MOT computerisation programme; and what the timetable was when the contract to run the system was awarded. (102464)

The MOT computerisation system was introduced in MOT garages from 18 April 2005 to 29 March 2006. When the PFI contract with Siemens was signed in February 2000, the system was scheduled to start being introduced in May 2002.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was in 2006-07 prices of the original contract with Siemens Business Services to run the MOT computerisation programme; when this contract was awarded; how much has been spent on this contract to date; and what estimate he has made of how much will have been spent by the time the system is operational. (102578)

The cost of the contract with Siemens Business Services to run the MOT computerisation system is £1.09 per MOT test pass at today’s prices.

This contract was awarded in 2000.

The system has been operational in all MOT garages since 29 March 2006. The expenditure related to the system up to this date has been £32.1 million.

Railways

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) locomotives, (b) multiple units, (c) freight wagons and (d) carriages are in use on the rail network, broken down by (i) train operating company and (ii) class. (102743)

Tables giving details of the number of locomotives, multiple units and carriages used by UK franchised passenger train operators, broken down by train operating company and class has been placed in the Library of the House. Vehicles operated by non-franchised operators such as Network Rail, open access and charter operators are not included. The Department does not hold information relating to the numbers of freight vehicles used on the network.

This information is based on latest available data but minor variations in the figures can be expected due to ongoing activities such as short-term vehicle hiring, introduction of new fleets and withdrawal of older vehicles.

Road Network

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether revenue raised from road pricing schemes will be used to upgrade existing motorways and trunk roads. (103305)

For a road pricing scheme on local roads, under the Transport Act 2000, local authorities in England and Wales are required to use any net revenues raised to help deliver their Local Transport Plan for at least the first 10 years of the scheme.

Local authorities may also propose pricing on trunk roads as part of a local scheme. In this case, under current legislation net revenues may be apportioned between the local authority and the Secretary of State. Decisions on this would be taken on a case by case basis. Revenues accruing to the Secretary of State would be hypothecated for transport spending.

No such pricing scheme proposals have yet been put forward. The forthcoming Road Transport Bill will seek to improve the ability of local authorities to introduce schemes. A priority will be to ensure that local schemes offer a fair deal to all road users, including public transport users. Local authorities will be asked to decide what works best for their area.

Road pricing in Scotland is a devolved matter.

Road Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities occurred in each year between 2000 and 2005 as a result of motor accidents in the Humberside region. (103412)

The number of fatalities that occurred in each year between 2000 and 2005 as result of personal injury road accidents reported to the police involving motor vehicles in the Humberside police force area are given in the following table.

Fatalities resulting from accidents involving motor vehicle in Humberside1: 2000-05

Fatalities

2000

47

2001

54

2002

49

2003

63

2004

59

2005

71

1 Includes Kingston Upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire unitary authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much profit was generated by Humberside Safety Camera Partnership in 2004-05; and how this profit was (a) distributed and (b) spent; (103413)

(2) how much revenue was raised by the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership in 2004-05; and how much and what percentage of this revenue was spent on improving road safety in the Humberside region that year.

Safety Camera Partnerships do not make profits; rather they enforce laws which are important for road safety, just as police do through other means.

The audit certificate for the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership for the financial year shows that fines from conditional offer of fixed penalties for offences detected during 2004-05 was £2,548,140. The amount returned to the partnership to improve road safety within the Humberside area for the same period via the netting off process was £2,181,397 (85.6 per cent.).

The netting off funding arrangement for safety cameras is being ended after 2006-07 and from 2007-08 safety cameras and their funding are to be integrated into the Local Transport Plan system (in England outside London) alongside other road safety measures.

This will give greater flexibility to local authorities, the police and the other agencies to pursue which ever locally agreed mix of road safety measures will make the greatest contribution to reducing road casualties in their area. It will also provide greater financial stability and facilitate long term planning.

Roads

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average maintenance expenditure per mile of road on (a) A roads and (b) B roads was in each region in the last period for which figures are available. (102639)

The relevant data are not currently compiled to show information for B roads separately from other non-principal roads. The available data for local roads in England are shown in the following table:

Maintenance expenditure per km of road length, England, 2004-05

£ per km

Region

Principal roads

Non-principal roads

East of England

24,492

5,967

East Midlands

16,640

5,541

North East

18,643

6,778

North West

24,585

8,110

South East

19,081

6,050

South West

17,738

4,243

West Midlands

20,447

5,798

Yorkshire and Humberside

18,355

5,346

London

157,313

16,086

England

28,473

6,366

Equivalent figures for Highways Agency maintained A roads are not readily available. Table 7.13 in Transport Statistics Great Britain, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House, provides estimates of Highways Agency expenditure on roads in Government Office Regions; however, this does not separately identify expenditure on maintenance from that on new construction, road improvements and winter servicing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24-hour traffic volume was at the (a) J3-J4E, (b) J4A-J5, (c) J9-J10, (d) J10-J10A, (e) J10A-J11, (f) J12-J13, (g) J6-J7 and (h) J9-J10 automatic traffic counters on the M6 on (i) Mondays to Fridays, (ii) Saturdays and (iii) Sundays in each month since April 2005. (102654)

The traffic flows for the period from April 2005 to September 2006 are provided in a table, which has been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24-hour traffic volume was at the (a) J6-J7 and (b) J9-J10 automatic traffic counters on the M42 on (i) Mondays to Fridays, (ii) Saturdays and (iii) Sundays in each month since January 2006. (102656)

The traffic flows for the period January to September 2006 are provided in a table, which has been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the net change in UK carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the road schemes approved through the targeted programme of improvements and local transport plans since 1998 and (b) the effect on annual carbon dioxide emissions of each road scheme approved by Ministers through the local transport plans since 1997. (102674)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer of 6 November 2006, Official Report, columns 684-5W, to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling). I also refer to the answer that I gave on 8 May 2006, Official Report, column 23W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the 10 most congested (a) motorways and (b) non-motorway roads were in the last year for which figures are available. (102737)

The Department for Transport published its PSA target relating to a reliability measure of congestion for England in February 2006. This related to delays on the worst 10 per cent. of journeys for 103 recognisable routes that make up the strategic road network, and applied to the time period from 1 August 2004 to 31 July 2005 (the baseline year). Details, including data for individual routes, can be found at:

http://www.dft.qov.uk/stellent/qroups/dft_transstats/documents/page/dft_transstats_611154.hcsp

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total length of roads has been detrunked in each (a) county council and (b) unitary authority area since 1997. (102741)

The following tables list total route lengths transferred to local highway authorities in England under the White Paper “New Deal for Trunk Roads in England”.

Route lengths transferred to county councils

Local highway authority

Total (km)

Bedfordshire

54

Buckinghamshire

29.56

Cambridgeshire

79

Cheshire

187.8

Cornwall

76

Cumbria

133.57

Derbyshire

137.3

Devon

95

Durham

36

Gloucestershire

84

Hampshire

23

Hertfordshire

102.452

Kent

30

Lancashire

94.15

Leicestershire

65

Lincolnshire

251.9

Norfolk

49.1

North Yorkshire

69.86

Northamptonshire

47.8

Northumberland

63.6

Nottinghamshire

90.2

Oxfordshire

97.8

Shropshire

80.9

Staffordshire

51.61

Suffolk

60

Warwickshire

37.5

Grand total

2,127.10

Route lengths transferred to metropolitan councils

Local highway authority

Total (km)

Bradford City

15

Calderdale

20.26

Doncaster

21

Knowsley

6

Leeds City

46.4

Liverpool City

0.3

Rotherham

9.5

Salford City

4.5

Sefton

23.86

St Helens

19.83

Stockport

7.4

Tameside

1

Wigan

13.2

Wirral

10

Grand total

198.25

Route lengths transferred to unitary councils

Local highway authority

Total (km)

City of York

23

East Riding of Yorkshire

50.5

North East Lincolnshire

1

North Lincolnshire

9

Nottingham City

7

Peterborough City

5

Rutland

19.5

Slough

4

Swindon

3.7

Telford & Wrekin

13.4

Warrington

1.5

West Berkshire

10.8

Grand total

148.4

Additionally, 275.98 kms of cross boundary routes has been de-trunked under the programme. It is not possible to separate this figure by local highway authority as the associated statutory instruments do not provide detail on how these routes were divided.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles on average used the M6 toll motorway in each month since January (a) in total and (b) on (i) workdays and (ii) weekends and public holidays. (102744)

Traffic figures for the M6 Toll are published on the M6 Toll operator's website:

www.m6toll.co.uk

The daily averages of vehicles using the M6 Toll during the period from January to September 2006 in total, on work days and on weekends and public holidays have been placed in the Library of the House.

Street Works

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake pilots of permit schemes in respect of street works in order to assess the costs and benefits of such schemes and resolve any issues that may prevent their effectiveness before the national rollout of permit schemes. (101961)

The Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) did not make express provision for pilots of permit schemes and the Department is not running such pilots.

There will not be a national rollout of permit schemes. Once the relevant legislation is brought into force a highway authority wishing to operate a permit scheme will be entitled to prepare and submit a scheme for approval. A permit scheme cannot take effect until it has been approved by the Secretary of State by Order. Any such application must be dealt with objectively and treated on its merits. However, the Department will seek to ensure that only those authorities which demonstrate the ability to operate an effective permit scheme will be granted approval.

In addition, the Department is committed to reviewing permit schemes after a year of operation. This review will include analysis of costs and benefits. This will form part of our overall evaluation of the TMA.

Woodhead Tunnel

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy to protect the disused rail route through the Woodhead Tunnel for future rail development. (102010)

The protection of the rail route through the Woodhead Tunnel is the responsibility of the local and regional planning authorities.

Deputy Prime Minister

Departmental Expenditure

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budgeted expenditure by his Department is for 2006-07. (102789)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my written statement of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 30WS.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to reduce the expenditure of his Office; and if he will make a statement. (103612)

All Government Departments are run in order to enable Ministers to best fulfil their duties with the maximum economy and efficiency, in accordance with Government Accounting.

Departmental Staff

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total expenditure on communications for his Department was on (i) Government Information and Communication Service staff and (ii) other (A) press officers, (B) special advisers and (C) staff in the last year for which figures are available. (104360)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2081W. For information relating to the period prior to 5 May 2006, I refer the hon. Gentleman to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Ministerial Visits

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants accompanied him on his recent trip to the Far East. (102722)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him to a very similar question on 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2082W.

Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department uses an internal traffic light or colour coded system in relation to written parliamentary questions; and whether his Department grades or classifies written parliamentary questions according to their political sensitivity. (102779)

No, my Department does not. However, my Department endeavours to reply to all parliamentary questions within parliamentary deadlines.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Arts Council England in each year since 1997. (102465)

The number of full-time equivalent staff was:

Total

1996-97

206

1997-98

273

1998-99

279

1999-2000

201

2000-01

200

2001-02

690

2002-03

698

2003-04

707

2004-05

816

2005-06

853

The rise in 2001-02 reflects the merger of the 10 regional arts boards into a single organisation.

BBC (Funding)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the future funding of the BBC. (102576)

The Government have been conducting a funding review to determine the level of the licence fee to apply from April 2007. As part of that process, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had various representations from a wide range of stakeholders.

Departmental Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest time was for which these temporary workers were employed in each year. (102956)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its executive agency, the Royal Parks, employ temporary agency staff on the basis of a booking which can last from as little as one day to many months. The number of individual bookings in each of the last five years, for which centrally held information is available, is as follows:

DCMS

Royal Parks

2005-06

86

23

2004-05

89

11

2003-04

106

14

2002-03

86

1

2001-02

92

1

1 Not available.

There are 13 temporary agency staff currently working in the Department and nine in the Royal Parks.

The other information requested could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest period was for which a consultant was employed in each year. (102974)

There are currently eight consultants employed and working in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and one person who is on secondment from a consultancy firm. There are two consultants working in our executive agency, the Royal Parks. These exclude contractors working in the Department and the Royal Parks, e.g. those providing facilities management and other support services; and they exclude those providing ad hoc consultancy who are not based in the Department or the Royal Parks.

The other information requested could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether people employed (a) through employment agencies and (b) on a consultancy basis are included in the calculations for the full-time equivalent staff mentioned in her Department's annual report. (102993)

In the Staff Numbers table on page 116 of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's annual report, the data for full-time equivalent staff do not include people employed through (a) agencies (as the footnote makes clear) and (b) on a consultancy basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget was used in each of the last five years for which records are available. (103033)

The Department's accounting system records costs for all consultancy services under management consultants, IT consultants, other consultants and other professional advice. The Department uses consultants for a variety of purposes and much of the Department's expenditure on this will not have been used for consultants working in the Department. There are currently eight consultants employed and working in the Department and one person on secondment from a consultancy firm. The total cost to the Department of using all consultancy services in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.

£

2001-02

318,416.80

2002-03

469,480.60

2003-04

473,785.35

2004-05

643,924.27

2005-06

1,297,321.33

2006-071

560,052.67

1 Spend to date.

Departmental Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which statistics have been put forward by her Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many statistics sets her Department has produced in total in each of the last five years. (101654)

The current list of National Statistics produced by DCMS can be found on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/ns_ons/nsproducts/default.asp

A list of changes to the scope of National Statistics (additions and withdrawals) in each of the last five years can be found in the relevant National Statistics annual report available on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=1051

In addition to National Statistics, DCMS publishes a wide range of other numerical information in a variety of forms including other data produced from the management and administration of the department and in research reports. There is no consistent definition of the term “statistics sets” and no centrally held information on the total published in each year on this basis.

Digital Dividend Review

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which industry representatives Ofcom (a) plans to consult and (b) has consulted in the period prior to publication of the proposals from the Digital Dividend review; whether Ofcom intends to hold further meetings on its proposals following publication; and if she will make a statement. (103173)

The Digital Dividend review is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom), as independent regulator. I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply. Copies of the chief executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) current and (b) future spectrum usage estimates are being used by Ofcom in the preparation of its consultation paper on the digital dividend. (103476)

The digital dividend review is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom), as independent regulator. I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply. Copies of the Chief Executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Listed Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) barns and (b) other agricultural buildings are listed grade II and above in each county in England. (102475)

There are currently 19,937 barns listed at grade II and above. A breakdown by county is shown in the table.

Information on other agricultural buildings is not available in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, figures from “Heritage Counts”, the annual report on the state of England's historic environment, show that in 2005 there were 69,000 agricultural buildings, including barns, with list entries.

County

Number of listed barns

Avon

213

Bedfordshire

151

Berkshire

246

Buckinghamshire

511

Cambridgeshire

435

Cheshire

192

Cleveland

54

Cornwall

522

Cumbria

1,103

Derbyshire

258

Devon

1,139

Dorset

349

Durham

174

East Sussex

319

Essex

1,199

Gloucestershire

753

Greater London

81

Greater Manchester

186

Hampshire

831

Hereford and Worcester

1,214

Hertfordshire

834

Humberside

89

Isle of Wight

82

Isles of Scilly

5

Kent

898

Lancashire

433

Leicestershire

208

Lincolnshire

211

Merseyside

44

Norfolk

644

Northamptonshire

302

Northumberland

176

North Yorkshire

626

Nottinghamshire

165

Oxfordshire

743

Shropshire

402

Somerset

368

South Yorkshire

232

Staffordshire

195

Suffolk

551

Surrey

441

Tyne and Wear

10

Warwickshire

346

West Midlands

76

West Sussex

393

West Yorkshire

1,039

Wiltshire

494

Secondments

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which staff in her Department are (a) seconded from organisations with charitable status and (b) have (i) costs and (ii) salaries met (A) in part and (B) in whole from (1) public funds and (2) by the charity from which they are seconded. (102407)

In the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) there are four staff seconded from organisations which have charitable status. All costs and salaries are met in full from public funds by DCMS.

Television Licences

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of tracing people who had moved house and not informed TV Licensing in each of the last five years. (103041)

The BBC, which is responsible for the administration of the television licensing system, has indicated that no special measures are taken to trace licence holders who do not inform TV Licensing of a change of address. Their new address, if unlicensed, would be identified by TV Licensing in the same way as any other unlicensed address.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the maximum fine is which may be imposed for failing to possess a valid television licence; and what the average cost was of bringing a prosecution for failure to possess a valid television licence in the latest period for which figures are available. (103042)

The maximum fine which may be imposed for installation or use of a television receiver without a television licence is £1,000. Information on the average cost of bringing a prosecution for television licence evasion is not held.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many detector vans are in use by TV Licensing. (103129)

The BBC has statutory responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and TV Licensing carries out the day-to-day administration under contract to the corporation. I have referred the question to the BBC's Head of Revenue Management and asked him to reply directly. Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Theatre Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Arts Council England on funding for local theatre in relation to the 2007 comprehensive spending review; and if she will make a statement. (104155)

No decisions have yet been taken on the Comprehensive Spending Review. Arts Council England has substantially increased funding for theatre in each year since 2001-02, when it was £58.6 million. In 2006-07, it will allocate an estimated £97.5 million to regularly funded theatre organisations.

TV Quiz Channels

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent consideration has been given to the further regulation of television quiz channels which offer cash prizes. (102317)

Responsibility for the regulation of television quiz channels rests with the independent regulators, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) and the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS).

Ofcom and ICSTIS produced detailed new rules and guidance in 2006, aimed at ensuring best practice in the industry and providing appropriate consumer protection. As a result there have been significant changes in the way Call TV quiz shows operate—with increased transparency for the viewer.

On 10 October 2006 ICSTIS announced a further review of the Quiz TV sector, covering all services within the sector, as well as current safeguards.

On 3 August the Gambling Commission consulted on the possible need for some Call TV Quiz Services to change how they are currently operated to ensure compliance with the new rules under the Gambling Act 2005 which will come into force in September 2007. The consultation, which closed on 31 October, received a significant response. The Commission will be issuing its response in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 in regulating television quiz channels that offer cash prizes. (102318)

The Government are firmly committed to maintaining the long standing convention that lotteries should be held only for good causes and not for private gain, and have strengthened the definition of a lottery in the Gambling Act 2005.

The Act, which will come into force in September 2007, creates a new definition of a lottery and a complex lottery.

The Gambling Commission is the independent regulator responsible for monitoring compliance with the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

The Gambling Commission is currently consulting on television quizzes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which digital television quiz channels are entitled to broadcast in the United Kingdom. (102319)

All digital television channels which hold an Ofcom broadcasting licence or are appropriately authorised in an EU member state are entitled to broadcast in the UK whether or not they offer quiz shows. ITV Play, Quiz Call, iPlay and Big Game TV are dedicated quiz channels. A number of other channels offer substantial quiz TV programme breaks.

Public Accounts Commission

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission (1) what the causes have been of the delay in finalising and publishing the National Audit Office report into the use by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of public funds in relation to the management of staff including the handling of grievance-type issues; when meetings were held between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the National Audit Office (NAO) to discuss the draft report; on what dates correspondence was exchanged between the FCO and the NAO on the contents of the draft report after the NAO submitted the draft to the FCO in August; and if he will make a statement; (102726)

(2) when the National Audit Office expects to publish its report into the use by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of public funds in relation to the management of staff including the handling of grievance-type issues.

The National Audit Office received complaints from three employees of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the Department’s handling of grievances. Following discussions with the Department the National Audit Office has reviewed the Department’s procedures. The National Audit Office has provided the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with its provisional audit findings, setting out its recommendations to management for improvement. These are being discussed with the Department and are expected to be finalised in December, The review is not part of the programme of major studies on which the Comptroller and Auditor General reports to Parliament under the National Audit Act 1983.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Animal Disease Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to deliver cost sharing between Government and the private sector for animal disease control; and if he will make a statement. (101414)

We are committed to working in partnership with industry on finding ways to share the responsibilities and costs of animal disease.

The Government intend to publish a consultation document on the principles of responsibility and cost sharing for animal health and welfare in December. This consultation follows on from the work of the Joint Government and Industry Group which informed the debate on how to share the responsibilities and costs of exotic animal disease outbreaks.

Average Temperatures

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the annual average temperature of the UK has been in each year since 1976; (103415)

(2) what the average annual temperature of the UK was in each year for which his Department holds records.

The following table shows the mean temperatures in the UK for each year from 1976 to 2005.

These data were provided by the Met Office. Temperature data for each year from 1914 onwards, broken down by month and season, are available on the Met Office website at:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/seriesstatistics/uktemp.txt

UK Mean Temperature (oC)

1976

8.78

1977

8.29

1978

8.26

1979

7.63

1980

8.30

1981

8.16

1982

8.74

1983

8.91

1984

8.64

1985

7.84

1986

7.70

1987

8.06

1988

8.77

1989

9.29

1990

9.42

1991

8.59

1992

8.74

1993

8.36

1994

8.89

1995

9.18

1996

8.17

1997

9.41

1998

9.15

1999

9.37

2000

9.10

2001

8.85

2002

9.48

2003

9.51

2004

9.48

2005

9.46

Avian Influenza

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was (a) planned for and (b) spent on dealing with avian influenza in 2005-06; and what the figures are for 2006-07. (101076)

In 2005-06, approximately £9 million was spent on the prevention and control of avian influenza (AI).

For 2006-07, DEFRA anticipates spending up to £19 million on the prevention and control of AI. This includes preparedness measures and outbreak costs. However, this figure is subject to on-going review. To the end of October 2006 we had spent £9 million.

Bonus Payments

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. (101029)

Separate performance bonus arrangements operate for staff in the senior civil service (SCS) and those at Grade 6 and below.

For the SCS

The performance management, pay and reward arrangements for the SCS are centrally determined.

Non-consolidated cash payments, otherwise known as bonuses, reward in-year performances in relation to agreed objectives, or short term personal contribution to wider organisational objectives. Bonuses are paid in addition to base pay increases and do not count towards pension.

Bonuses are allocated by Departments from a ‘pot’ expressed as a percentage of the SCS salary bill, which is agreed centrally each year following the senior salaries review board recommendations. The intention is that bonuses are awarded to people who have delivered priority business objectives.

For Staff at Grade 6 and below

The high performance bonus awards scheme introduced in April 2005, provide DEFRA staff with recognition and reward for delivery of an outstanding outcome or performance that significantly exceeds normal expectations. The process should provide staff at all grades with an opportunity to earn a bonus, and ensure that achievements in operational, policy and corporate services areas are recognised as being of equal esteem.

There are two types of award:

In-year high performance bonuses paid to individuals or teams in recognition of “one-off” achievements during the year; and

Annual high performance bonuses which are paid to the top 10 per cent. of performers in each Directorate General for delivery of an outstanding outcome or performance “sustained throughout the whole year”.

These arrangements apply to staff covered by core-DEFRA pay arrangements (core-DEFRA, State Veterinary Service, Pesticides Safety Directorate, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Marine Fisheries Agency and Government Decontamination Service). DEFRA’s other agencies and non-departmental public bodies operate separate pay and bonus arrangements.

Bovine TB

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to review the amount of compensation paid to farmers for cattle of high genetic value slaughtered under bovine tuberculosis control measures. (100907)

We are working with interested industry parties, through the Cattle Compensation Advisory Group, to monitor the cattle compensation arrangements introduced early this year and consider possible enhancements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when results will be announced for the evaluation of changes in pre-movement testing of cattle for bovine TB. (101411)

Monitoring of the impacts of pre-movement testing is ongoing and key statistics are updated monthly and published on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/tb/premovement/monitoring-data.htm

No evidence has emerged to date that alters the decision to extend pre-movement testing to younger animals in March 2007 as already set out in legislation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis is for the view that human interference with badger setts is a causal factor in the transmission rates of bovine tuberculosis. (102373)

If by human interference my hon. Friend means culling, the evidence suggests that culling, as carried out in the Randomised Badger Culling Trial, causes a decrease in TB incidence in the area culled and an increase around the site of a cull. The Independent Scientific Group suggests this is due to perturbation following culling.

Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 it is illegal to interfere with badgers or their setts unless under licence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidences of bovine TB there were in 2005. (102602)

There were 3,653 new bovine tuberculosis (bTB) herd incidents in Great Britain in 2005. Reports on bTB statistics for Great Britain are published on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/tb/stats/index.htm.

British Waterways

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Government funding has been provided to British Waterways in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what funding is planned for each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. (104286)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers given on 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1607W; and 2 November 2006, Official Report, column 572W.

Following devolution, the Scottish Executive became responsible for British Waterways’ activities in Scotland. The table shown in the answer given on 23 October gives the grant paid from 2001-02 by DEFRA for waterways in England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact on remainder waterways of the proposed reduction in the budget of the Environment Agency and British Waterways; (102369)

(2) if he will make a statement on maintenance obligations in relation to the remainder waterways.

It is for British Waterways (BW) to prioritise its activities in the light of competing demands for available resources and its statutory obligations. The Environment Agency has no remainder waterways.

Section 107 of the Transport Act 1968 places a duty on BW to maintain retained remainder waterways in the most economical manner possible consistent with the requirements of public health and the preservation of amenity and safety. This is qualified by section 22 of the British Waterways Act 1995 which requires BW to take into account the desirability of protecting remainder waterways for future use as cruising waterways, or as areas for other public recreational use, where they have suitable potential. In practice, BW maintains navigable remainder waterways to standards which reflect their use and prospects of use, using contributions from third parties to help fund this work.

Cathode Ray Tubes (Recycling)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the capacity in the UK for recycling of televisions and computer monitors containing cathode ray tubes. (103238)

There are an increasing number of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recovery plants, opening in anticipation of the UK’s implementation of the WEEE Directive, which are capable of dealing with waste televisions and computer monitors. These plants are regulated by the Environment Agency under a waste management licence.

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has made to the proposals made on 15 November by the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for an investment fund to combat climate change in Africa. (103048)

Driving the take-up of low carbon energy technology over the coming decades is vital—particularly in developing countries. We have welcomed United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s announcement about launching a “Nairobi Framework” to support developing countries, particularly in Africa, to participate in the Clean Development Mechanism. The UK will be playing its part by linking London-based carbon market experts with those developing projects in Africa.

Dairy Industry

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Dairy Supply Chain Forum; and if he will make a statement. (101703)

The Dairy Supply Chain Forum has been instrumental in bringing together all parts of the supply chain to discuss issues where collaboration can benefit all, thereby also increasing transparency and trust. The Forum has improved the evidence base for Government and industry policy-making. For example it has commissioned a number of studies which have examined the impact of Common Agricultural Policy Reform on the sector, looked at barriers to innovation, and assessed skills and training needs. These studies have helped inform the debate within the industry about its future prospects, dispelled some myths, and challenged thinking. The Forum has also discussed issues of concern to the supply chain, including competition and the environmental agenda.

The future structure and objectives of the Forum are currently under consideration, as we wish to ensure that it continues to be relevant and tightly focused.

Departmental Budget

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the shortfall in his Department’s budget on (a) the performance of Natural England and (b) his Department’s biodiversity targets. (101269)

We have been working with Natural England to avoid impacts on key priorities and outcomes, including DEFRA’s biodiversity targets.

Natural England’s start-up costs were protected so there is no question of it being established as anything other than “fit for purpose”. The programmes which contribute to the Sites of Special Scientific Interest and farmland birds Public Service Agreement targets, and the England Biodiversity Strategy, will be delivered in full. Natural England is also giving priority to the delivery of agri-environment schemes.

To enable the highest priority work areas to continue to be delivered, it has been necessary to delay or reduce the scale of some other programme work this year, for example, slowing down some research work.

Departmental Pay Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on staff employed at his Department but remunerated through an employment agency in each year since 2001. (101120)

[holding answer 22 November 2006]: From information held centrally, the core Department’s expenditure on personnel engaged through employment agencies since 2001 is as follows:

Financial year

Value (£)

2002-03

10,536,838

2003-04

9,383,419

2004-05

9,623,459

2005-06

9,890,898

1 April 2006 to 30 September 2006

3,908,745

Information for the financial year 2001-02 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff have received payments through an employment agency for work undertaken in his Department in each year since 2001. (101235)

[holding answer 22 November 2006]: Information is not held centrally on the numbers of personnel who have received payments through an employment agency for work undertaken in the Department in each year since 2001. The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many statistics sets his Department has produced in total in each of the last five years. (101651)

The current list of National Statistics produced by DEFRA can be found on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/ns_ons/nsproducts/default.asp

A list of changes to the scope of National Statistics (additions and withdrawals) in each of the last five years can be found in the relevant National Statistics annual report available on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=1051

In addition to National Statistics, DEFRA publishes a wide range of other numerical information in a variety of forms including other data produced from the management and administration of the Department and in research reports. There is no consistent definition of the term “statistics sets” and no centrally held information on the total published in each year on this basis.

Discovering Lost Ways Project

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that property owners in rural areas are aware of possible future claims for a public right of way through the Discovering Lost Ways Project. (102579)

The Discovering Lost Ways Project will comply with all the existing statutory requirements for notifying property owners of public rights of way claims. These include serving notice of applications on landowners or occupiers. In addition, the project will seek ways to keep property owners, landowners, land managers and their representative groups fully informed in order to provide accurate and timely information for their area and make them aware of any potential public rights of way claims well in advance.

Domestic Rubbish

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on the leaving of fixed penalties for litter offences relating to domestic rubbish. (104067)

Guidance on the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 was sent to all local authorities in early April this year. An addendum incorporating a clarifying note on fixed penalties for litter offences was sent to them on 6 September 2006, advising that fixed penalty notices are available to help deal with side waste and for the offence of putting waste out incorrectly under sections 46 and 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Failure to follow such a notice is an offence, for which a £100 fixed penalty notice can now be issued under section 47ZA of the 1990 Act.

The guidance is available on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/localenv/legislation/cnea/index.htm#guide.

Energy Conservation

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives are in place for those with responsibility for public buildings to install insulation as an energy saving measure. (100725)

Targets, including those now in place for central Government and the NHS estate, can encourage public sector organisations to reduce the use of energy and achieve lower emissions.

To help these organisations to achieve their targets, the Carbon Trust’s carbon management programme is encouraging public sector organisations to develop effective management procedures for the efficient use of energy. Specialist tailored programmes have been established for local authorities, the higher education sector and the NHS.

Salix, which is a not-for-profit company set up by the Carbon Trust in 2004, uses Government funding of around £20 million to set up ring-fenced recycled loan funds in public sector organisations. Salix’s funding is matched by the organisation and used to invest in cost-effective, long-term energy saving projects such as insulation, heating and lighting.

Energy Efficiency

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time is for the Eaga Partnership to process a Warm Front grant application. (102677)

The average time across England for a Warm Front survey to take place after the initial contact is made by the applicant is 14 working days.

The average time for completion of applications where heating work is required from initial contact to all measures being installed is 95 working days.

The average time for completion of applications where only insulation is required from initial contact to measures being installed is 48 working days.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the maximum level of Eaga Partnership Warm Front grants available to householders in Cornwall. (103633)

The Warm Front grant maximum (£2,700 or £4,000 where an oil fired heating system is recommended), applies across England, and is subject to regular review.

We recognise that particular issues may arise in a local area and the scheme seeks to overcome those challenges with local representatives and stakeholders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria his Department uses to accredit contractors to carry out work under the Eaga Warm Front scheme. (103634)

All Warm Front installers are contracted by Eaga Partnership under EU procurement rules. This process takes account of the contractor's capability, suitability, financial standing and technical ability.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was allocated to householders under the Eaga Group Warm Front grant scheme in each local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. (103700)

A table showing the spend by each local authority on Warm Front during 1 June 2005 to 31 March 2006 has been placed in the Library of the House.

Energy from Waste

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to promote the generation of energy from waste and the acceptability of the concept among the public. (103382)

The Government see it as an important objective not to promote energy from waste (EfW) at the expense of waste prevention or recycling.

EfW is, however, a valid option lower down the waste hierarchy for those wastes which cannot realistically be treated in other ways, and would otherwise have to be disposed of to landfill. EfW offers considerable climate change benefits compared to landfill, primarily through avoided landfill methane emissions. In addition, the energy generated from the biomass fraction of waste can help offset fossil fuel power generation.

The Government have published several studies which set out the evidence gathered so far on the environmental and health effects of waste management so the public can assess for themselves the facts on EfW.

An independent, peer reviewed study published in 2004, concluded that on the evidence so far, the treatment of municipal solid waste has at most a minor effect on health. The Environment Agency ensures that emissions and other outputs from waste management facilities are within the limits set by the EU and the UK Government to minimise any negative impact. Incinerators are also required to conform to tighter emission standards than other types of combustion plants.

England Rural Development Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on farmers' incomes of the delay in implementing the England Rural Development Programme 2007 to 2013; (100650)

(2) what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy in rural areas of the delay in implementing the England Rural Development Programme 2007 to 2013 announced on 1 November.

It is impossible to reach any definitive conclusions until we have a clearer idea of how long the delay will be, and that will depend upon events in the European Parliament and Council thereafter.

Agreements signed under the current England Rural Development Programme (which runs until 31 December 2006) will be honoured for the full term of the agreement and so will not be affected by the delay.

We are working on the contingency arrangements for new rural development agreements, that will apply in the absence of EU approval, for the next programme and will publish full details as soon as possible. The delay to the programme will not affect the total amount of money available for rural development support available during 2007-13, but it may affect the timing of when new agreements can commence.

Environmental Directives

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which environmental directives have been agreed and published since 8 June 2001; and what the date or expected date of transposition is of each. (103248)

DEFRA was formed in June 2001. Between 8 June 2001 and 22 November 2006, 31 EU environmental directives, for which the Department has responsibility for implementation, were adopted. These are shown in the following table.

Directive No

Directive Name

Transposition deadline

Date UK transposition completed/or expected to be completed

2001/080/EC

Limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants

27 November 2002

9 September 2003

2001/081/EC

National emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

1 March 2002

13 March 2003

2001/091/EC

Restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (hexachloroethane)

31 December 2002

30 June 2003

2002/003/EC

Relating to ozone in ambient air

9 September 2003

26 February 2004

2002/031/EC

Energy labelling of household air conditioners

1 January 2003

14 March 2003

2002/040/EC

Commission Directive 2002/040/EC implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC with regard to energy labelling of household electric ovens

31 December 2002

14 March 2003

2002/045/EC

Relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (short-chain chlorinated paraffins)

6 July 2003

23 December 2003

2002/049/EC

Assessment and management of environmental noise

18 July 2004

December 2006

2002/062/EC

Adapting to technical progress for the ninth time Annex I to Council Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States on marketing and use of (organostannic compounds)

31 October 2002

14 March 2003

2003/002/EC

Relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of arsenic

30 June 2003

23 December 2003

2003/004/EC

On public access to environmental information and repealing 90/31 3/EEC

14 February 2005

4 January 2006

2003/011/EC

Relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (pentabromodiphenyl ether octabromodiphenyl ether)

15 February 2004

22 March 2004

2003/035/EC

Providing for public participation in respect of the drawing up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment

25 June 2005

October 2007

2003/066/EC

Energy labelling of household electric refrigerators, freezers and their combinations

30 June 2004

1 July 2004

2003/087/EC

Establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community

31 December 2003

23 December 2004

2004/008/EC

On the promotion of cogeneration based on a useful heat demand in the internal energy market

21 February 2006

April 2007

2004/01 2/EC

Packaging and packaging waste

18 August 2005

20 September 2006

2004/035/EC

Environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage

30 April 2007

December 2007

2004/042/EC

Limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to use of organic solvents in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products

30 October 2005

25 October 2005

2004/098/EC

Restrictions on the marketing and use of pentabromodiphenyl ether in aircraft emergency evacuation system

1 January 2005

22 December 2004

2004/1 01 /EC

A scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community

13 November 2005

December 2006

2004/1 07/EC

Relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air

15 February 2007

February 2007

2005/032/EC

Establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for energy using products

11 August 2007

August 2007

2005/033/EC

The sulphur content of marine fuels

11 August 2006

July 2007

2005/059/EC

Restrictions on marketing and use of certain dangerous substances (Toluene and Trichlorobenzene)

15 December 2006

December 2006

2005/069/EC

Marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations

29 December 2006

December 2006

2006/007/EC

Bathing water quality

24 March 2008

March 2008

2006/011/EC

Pollution caused by dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the community (codified version)

n/a

n/a

2006/012/EC

Waste (codified version)

n/a

n/a

2006/032/EC

Energy end-use efficiency and energy services

17 May 2008

May 2008

2006/044/EC

Quality of fresh waters needing protection or improvement in order to support fish life (codified version)

n/a

n/a

I am placing in the Library of the House a list which itemises the directives adopted together with:

(a) the EU deadline for transposition into domestic legislation.

(b) where, appropriate, the final or expected United Kingdom transposition date.

Details of all Directives in force can be found on the Eur-Lex database available on the European Union's website at: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex.

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the auctioning of carbon emission permits under Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and if he will make a statement. (103241)

The European Commission published, on 13 November 2006, a communication setting out the agenda and process for its review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We welcome the Commission's statement, which appears to cover all the key issues, including those the Government set out in our Vision for Emissions Trading published on 30 October.

The Commission has stated that the review will explore the allowance allocation methodology for Phase III of the scheme, including the level and design of auctioning across the EU.

The UK's aspiration is to move towards full auctioning in the future. This is the fairest method of allocation and ensures that the industry takes account of the full cost of carbon in its business decisions. We intend to learn from the experience of earlier phases and are actively working with other member states in the hope that we can harmonise the proportions of allowances to be auctioned as well as harmonising the rules governing auctioning. We are also keen that auctions are open to participants from all member states.

Farm Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the bodies of the farming industry on including farming within the carbon dioxide emissions targets. (102600)

Direct emissions of carbon dioxide are not the key issue for farming in tackling climate change. Agriculture contributes 7 per cent. of UK greenhouse gas emissions but less than 1 per cent. of UK carbon dioxide emissions.

The bigger challenge is on two other gases, methane and nitrous oxide, of which some 36 per cent. and 67 per cent. respectively of UK emissions comes from agriculture, from livestock, manures, and artificial fertiliser.

There are no specific emissions reduction targets for agriculture at the moment. Nevertheless we are working closely with the National Farmers' Union and the Country Land and Business Association, for example through the Rural Climate Change Forum, on policies and measures to ensure that farmers can play a full part in reducing UK emissions and help move us to a low carbon economy.

Fisheries

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many British ships have licences to fish off the coast of Mauritania. (104300)

Fly-tipping

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of waste he estimates was illegally fly-tipped in each year since March 2005, broken down by the nature of the waste. (103246)

Flycapture, the national fly-tipping database, records summary data on incidents of fly-tipping broken down by waste type, land type and size of fly-tip.

Flycapture data for April 2005 to March 2006 were released on 31 July 2006 and are reproduced below:

Number of incidents of fly-tipping by waste type reported to Flycapture by local authorities in England between April 2005 and March 2006

Waste type

Number of incidents

Animal carcass

9,307

Green

46,833

Vehicle parts

18,449

White goods

64,878

Other electrical

24,049

Tyres

25,379

Asbestos

3,051

Clinical

2,786

Construction/demolition/excavation

53,329

Black bags commercial

51,837

Black bags household

194,111

Chemical drums, oil or fuel

4,329

Other household waste

327,539

Other commercial waste

38,257

Other (unidentified):sid1621 8230

152,458

Number of incidents of fl