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Written Answers

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Monday 12 January 2009

Wales

Departmental Assets

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such asset is; what the expected revenue from each such sale is; and if he will make a statement. (245407)

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008. (244719)

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House. When responding to all correspondence, the Wales Office abides by the guidance set out in ‘Handling correspondence from MPs, Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies’ which was published by the Cabinet Office in July 2005.

In respect of emails, the information is only available at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of contractors and suppliers to his Department has reported compliance with the Government's security standards following publication of the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action, on 25 June 2008. (245306)

The Wales Office does not directly use external suppliers or contractors to carry out its responsibilities. The Wales Office is provided with its IT and support services by the Ministry of Justice, who place an obligation on all of their contractors to provide IT and data management systems that meet Government security standards.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many contracts his Department has which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which countries the data for each contract is held; and how many people have their data stored overseas in the case of each such contract. (245334)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action; and what grade the person holds within the Department. (245372)

The responsibility of Senior Information Risk Owner was transferred to the newly-created post of Head of Corporate Services in November. The postholder is a member of the Department's Management Board.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the IT systems in his Department is fully accredited to the Government's security standards. (245377)

The Wales Office's IT services are provided by the Ministry of Justice. These IT systems are fully accredited to Government standards.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is. (245403)

The Wales Office is provided with its IT services by the Ministry of Justice. Consequently, the Department does not directly undertake IT projects.

Departmental Information Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press and communications officers are employed by his Department. (245402)

Departmental Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent maintaining its website in each of the last five years. (245397)

My Department has spent the following on maintaining our website.

£

2003-04

1,600

2004-05

1,600

2005-06

1,600

2006-07

1,600

2007-08

6,936

The 2007-08 figure includes the cost of designing and establishing the new Wales Office website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on broadband internet in each of the last five years. (245399)

The Wales Office installed two broadband lines in January 2008, prior to this, we did not have any broadband. The cost of each line is £111 per quarter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales for which websites his Department provides funding. (245411)

My Department funds two departmental websites:

www.walesoffice.gov.uk

and

www.swyddfa.cymru.gov.uk

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department work to assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years. (245408)

Departmental Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million. (245409)

It is not appropriate to disclose pension information for civil servants other than board members, whose details are shown in the remuneration report in annual resource accounts for the Ministry of Justice.

A copy of the resource accounts for financial year 2007-08 can be found in the Library, or accessed electronically using the following link:

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc0708/hc08/0869/0869.asp

Departmental Sick Leave

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hours of work were lost through sickness absence on the part of staff working in his Department in the last 12 months. (245405)

The Wales Office does not record the sickness absence of its staff in terms of hours, but in terms of days and half days.

In the year to March 2008, 505.5 days were lost to sickness absence.

Departmental Written Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current Session of Parliament. (245400)

The Wales Office have not received any named day questions in the current parliamentary Session.

Plain English

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each of the last five years. (245404)

No expenditure was incurred, but through staff development and coaching, my Department encourages all its staff to use Plain English.

Northern Ireland

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate change adaptation strategy. (241172)

The Adapting to Climate Change programme is responsible for the co-ordination of the Government's work on adaptation in England. In Northern Ireland—as in Scotland and Wales—the devolved Administration is responsible for considering how climate change will affect issues such as health, education and planning. However, it is recognised that there is a need to ensure coherence across the Administrations, and take a UK-wide approach on issues.

Therefore the UK Administrations are committed to working closely together to share best practice and develop initiatives.

My Department is working in conjunction with the NI Departments in responding to the challenges of climate change. In January 2007 the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research published a report entitled “Preparing for a changing climate in Northern Ireland”. The report examined the ways in which Northern Ireland must prepare to meet both the opportunities and threats presented by the impacts of a changing climate. It focuses specifically on the impacts on, and the need for adaptation by, the public sector in Northern Ireland.

Under the Climate Change Act 2008 Northern Ireland will participate in the development of a UK-wide risk assessment which will help inform the development of a Northern Ireland Adaptation Strategy.

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008. (244712)

The information is as follows.

(a) The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/peers correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House. When responding to all correspondence the NIO abides by the guidance as set out in “Handling correspondence from MPs, Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies” which was published by the Cabinet office in July 2005.

(b) In respect of e-mails, the NIO is unable to provide the information within the disproportionate cost limit as to do so would require gathering information from every official in the Department.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information in each year since 1997. (242917)

There have been three such cases in the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies and legal offices since 1997. As there are fewer than five cases, details about the cases cannot be released for reasons of confidentiality. The Northern Ireland Office has clear policies and processes in place to ensure that staff understand the importance of data security and data confidentiality and to ensure that any cases of potential data loss can be properly dealt with.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government’s security standards following publication of the report, “Data Handling Procedures in Government”, and the accompanying document, “Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action”, on 25 June 2008. (245328)

The Northern Ireland Office breakdown percentage of contractors and suppliers that have reported compliance to Government requirements is: (a) the core Department—80 per cent.; and (b) our agencies—60 per cent. My departmental officials are working with our contractors and suppliers to ensure they maintain and improve compliance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which countries the data for each contract is held; and how many people have their data stored overseas in the case of each such contract. (245349)

There are no contracts in the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies that allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards. (245391)

The percentage of IT systems holding protectively marked data accredited in my Department is as follows: (a) the core Department 100 per cent.; and (b) the agencies—75 per cent. The remaining systems that hold protectively marked data are in the accreditation process.

Departmental Drinking Water

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many water coolers are used by his Department. (243228)

My Department's general policy is to use tap water where it is available. It currently has 16 coolers in six buildings and further reductions are planned.

Departmental Equality

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f) religion or belief of its staff; and what assessment he has made of his Department's performance against its targets relating to diversity in its workforce. (246013)

The civil service diversity strategy, ‘Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity’, published in July, sets civil service wide targets in relation to gender, ethnicity and disability for the next three to five years.

The Department retains Human Resource information on staff including details of (a) sex and (c) age. Human resource information may also include voluntary monitoring declarations on (b) ethnicity and (d) disability, and (d) disability data are also held following the provision of reasonable adjustments and for emergency evacuation purposes.

In Northern Ireland, (where (f) religion and belief legislation does not apply) Northern Ireland legislation requires statutory monitoring of Northern Ireland community background to be undertaken for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

At present, the Department is examining ways to sensitively monitor (e) sexual orientation.

The Department regularly assesses the diversity of its work force against its targets. In addition, Cabinet Office peer assessment of the Department's Diversity delivery plan for 2008-10 will take place in early 2009.

Departmental Furniture

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000. (244352)

Information on furniture spend by country of manufacture is not held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. No goods have been purchased by my Department from Remploy.

Departmental Marketing

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1318W, on departmental marketing, what each advertisement referred to was; and how much each cost. (243503)

The information requested is contained in the following table.

Type of Advertisement

Number

Advertisement referred to

Cost (£)

Newspaper

2

Understanding corporate manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007

2,447.00

Newspaper

1

Public consultation on a proposed Draft Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2007

2,252.53

Newspaper

1

Public consultation on Sexual Offences Order

2,474.43

Newspaper

1

Public consultation on Fine Default

1,691.70

Newspaper

1

Consultation on Proposals for Reform of the Law on Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide

1,810.00

Newspaper

2

Implementation of Electronic Monitoring in NI advert for Contracts and Tenders

402.29

Newspaper

1

Competition to recruit a new Prisoner Ombudsman

22,316.00

Newspaper

1

Consultation to the Proposed amendment to the Criminal Damage Order

1,649.46

Newspaper

1

Notice of Closure of Belfast City Mortuary, Forster Green and opening of a new NI Regional Forensic Mortuary in the Royal Hospitals complex

925.90

Newspaper

1

Consultation on the Proposed Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2009

2,107.91

Newspaper

4

Invitations for tenders for the NI Appropriate Adult Scheme

788.69

Newspaper

5

Theft from Vehicles campaign

4,563.50

Newspaper

7

Recruitment

6,064.93

Newspaper

5

Recruitment

5,092.59

Newspaper

5

BT Phone Book advertising

8,062.60

Newspaper

1

Yellow Pages advertising

1,463.00

Newspaper

1

'Criminal Justice' advertising

2,295.00

Newspaper

3

Invitations for tenders for provision of a graphic design and print service

548.27

Television

1

Unknown Callers campaign

50,199.50

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's total expenditure on special advisers was in 2007-08. (243566)

The Government are committed to publishing an annual list detailing the number and costs of special advisers. Information for 2007-08 was published by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS.

Departmental Official Hospitality

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years. (243734)

The Northern Ireland Office does not allocate official funds for departmental Christmas parties.

Information on departmental expenditure specifically on staff entertainment could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Expenditure on entertainment is set out in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental hospitality, how much was spent by his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies on hosting events in the last 12 months. (244008)

My Department's agencies spent £24,238 on hosting events in the last 12 months.

Information for the Northern Ireland Office's executive non-departmental bodies is an operational matter for each of the bodies, who operate independently of Government. I would encourage the hon. Member to write to the respective chief executives. Details of the NIO's non-departmental public bodies can be found in the NIO 2008 Departmental Report:

http://www.nio.gov.uk/northem_ireland_office_departmental_report_2008.pdf.

All expenditure has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental hospitality, which suppliers were contracted by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department in connection with events hosted in the last 12 months. (244009)

For the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and its agencies, it would only be possible to impart a full listing of all suppliers who provided goods and services in connection with hosting events, at disproportionate cost.

Information for the NIO's executive non-departmental bodies is an operational matter for each of the bodies, who operate independently of Government. I would encourage the hon. Member to write to the respective chief executives.

Details of the NIO's non-departmental public bodies can be found in the NIO 2008 Departmental Report:

http://www.nio.gov.uk/northern_ireland_office_departmental_report_2008.pdf.

Departmental Official Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on his transport on official visits in the last 12 months. (243443)

Information on travel by the Secretary of State on official visits is not recorded separately from travel for normal ministerial duties, and to provide this breakdown could only be done so at disproportionate cost.

All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

Departmental Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. (244387)

All Northern Ireland Office (NIO) employees are paid on NIO pay scales in accordance with NIO terms and conditions, regardless of whether they are temporarily or permanently employed.

Departmental Television

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on television, from which suppliers his Department has purchased televisions in the last 12 months. (244054)

All television purchases in the last 12 months were made from suppliers on approved contracts for electrical supplies in line with procurement guidelines.

Departmental Temporary Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 796W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were recruited through each company in each year; and for how long on average staff recruited through these companies worked for the Department in each year. (242309)

Information on the number of temporary agency staff recruited through each company and the average length of time of employment for each person is not centrally held by the department.

These details could be ascertained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on departmental vehicles, how many vehicles were owned by the Department in each year. (243235)

The Northern Ireland Office excluding its agencies and executive non-departmental bodies owned six vehicles in each of the years 2003-04 to 2006-07 and three vehicles in 2007-08.

Inquiries

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which legal firms have worked on the Robert Hamill Inquiry; for what periods; who each firm represented; how much his Department has spent on legal fees related to the Inquiry; how much has been spent on the Inquiry in each month since it was established; and when the Inquiry is expected to report. (243393)

I am advised by the Robert Hamill Inquiry that the following legal firms have worked on it.

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Representation

P. J. McGrory

July 2004 to date

Hamill family (Interested Party)

Eliott Duffy Garrett

June 2008

Legal services to the inquiry in relation to litigation conducted in Northern Ireland only

In accordance with the Robert Hamill Inquiry’s published funding protocol, witnesses to the inquiry are also entitled to reasonable legal advice at the inquiry’s expense and a number of firms have represented witnesses.

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Arthur J. Downey

February 2006 to date

Edwards and Co.

June 2006 to date

Emmet J. Kelly Solicitors

March 2006 to date

Gerard Maguire Solicitors

May 2006 to date

Gus Campbell Solicitors

February 2006 to date

John P. Hagan Solicitors

January 2008 to date

Richard Monteith

January 2006 to date

O’Connor and Moriarty Solicitors

November 2006 to date

Russell Jones Walker Solicitors

January 2007 to date

Hewitt and Gilpin

March 2006

Madden and Finucane

March to May 2006

G. R. Ingram

April 2006 to June 2008

Holmes and Moffitt

May 2006 to November 2008

Rafferty and Co.

June to November 2006

Kevin R. Winters

June to October 2006

Bogue and McNulty

March to July 2006

MSC Daly (formerly Brangham Bagnall and Co.)

November 2006

John J. Rice and Co.

January to August 2008

Regarding the naming of the participants in the inquiry who these firms represent, the inquiry has not yet concluded the anonymity process. The inquiry is still receiving fresh and renewed applications on article 2 and medical grounds. It has an ongoing duty of care to all witnesses and cannot therefore give the names out at present. Once a witness has given their evidence or had their statement read out at the oral hearings, their name will be in the public domain. This is not the current position.

This schedule excludes witnesses who, subject to the inquiry’s prior approval, will be granted two hours of legal advice and assistance prior to them giving oral evidence but no legal representation at the oral hearings. These costs have not yet been incurred.

The total cost incurred by the Robert Hamill Inquiry for legal fees is £7.57 million.

The monthly spend of the inquiry is as follows:

Total resource

£000

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

462

290

137

109

May

565

327

245

103

June

622

187

466

343

July

657

244

147

96

August

493

450

805

565

September

338

203

-48

188

October

524

238

1,791

353

1

November

810

340

684

246

38

December

345

510

178

30

January

329

1,094

206

83

February

362

-132

274

75

March

1,131

489

747

182

Total

4,471

4,446

6,187

3,408

410

Total capital

£000

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

0

0

0

1

May

7

0

0

10

June

3

0

5

9

July

31

0

0

-4

August

3

0

0

59

September

1

12

0

0

October

0

0

0

0

0

November

1

0

0

0

0

December

31

1

0

0

January

1

0

3

0

February

0

0

0

31

March

0

0

0

2

Total

47

44

6

77

33

The inquiry is expected to report by 31 August 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which legal firms have worked on the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry; for what periods; who each firm represented; how much his Department has spent on legal fees for the inquiry; how much has been spent on the inquiry in each month since it was established; and when the inquiry is expected to report. (243398)

I am advised by the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry that the following legal firms have worked on it:

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Representation

Eversheds LLP

May 2005 to date

Witness statement takers to the Inquiry

Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Solicitors

March 2006 to date

Legal advice and services

Treasury Solicitors

March 2005 to date

Legal advice and services

P J McGrory and Co, Solicitors and Advocates

September 2005 to date

Paul Nelson (Full Participant)

O'Hare Solicitors

December 2005 to date

Mrs Sheila Magee and family (Full Participant)

In accordance with the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry's published funding protocol, witnesses to the inquiry are also entitled to legal advice at the inquiry's expense and the following of firms have represented witnesses:

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Anderson Kill and Ohck PC

Mar 2007 to July 2007

Bindman and Partners

June 2006 to date

MSC Daly Solicitors

August 2008 to date

Conor Downey and Co, Solicitors

August 2008 to date

P Drinan, Solicitor

March 2008 to date

Edwards and Co, Solicitors

October 2006 to date

Greg O'Neill, Solicitors

December 2007

G R Ingram and Co, Solicitors

August 2006 to date

McBurney and Company, Solicitors

October 2006 to date

McCartan Turkington Breen, Solicitors

November 2007 to date

MacDermott and McGurk, Solicitors

June 2007 to October 2007

McElhone and Co Solicitors

April 2007 to date

Madden and Finucane, Solicitors

January 2008

Millar McCall Wylie, Solicitors

May 2008 to date

Kevin R Winters and Co, Solicitors

June 2006 to date

Some of these firms have represented only anonymous witnesses, some have represented only witnesses seen in public, and some have represented both. For security (to preserve anonymity) and public interest reasons (not all the witnesses of either type have yet been called to give evidence) it is not felt appropriate to release even the names of the 'public' witnesses before the end of the hearings.

The total cost incurred by the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry for legal fees is £12.57 million.

The monthly spend of the inquiry is as follows:

Total Resource (£000)

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

348

751

-114

48

May

2,349

596

346

152

June

1,127

622

1,325

443

July

1,271

1,480

470

4

August

863

686

1,337

314

September

1,042

412

669

166

October

1,709

1,085

-180

318

November

1,334

1,238

673

447

38

December

53

399

69

30

January

1,158

1,731

484

46

February

789

2,357

234

121

March

1,308

414

743

283

Total

10,043

10,178

9,427

3,424

518

Total capital (£000)

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

-2

4

-2

-

May

9

6

1

0

June

0

12

0

80

July

0

-5

0

-80

August

0

10

199

76

September

5

-1

5

0

October

13

19

0

21

0

November

-13

7

204

1

0

December

12

440

0

0

January

-19

0

0

0

February

16

145

1

31

March

33

-83

2

3

Total

12

94

909

102

34

The inquiry is expected to report by March 2010.

Mental Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department’s policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being; and if he will make a statement. (244023)

The Northern Ireland Office welcomes the Foresight report and will be considering it with a view to taking up any relevant findings.

Part of that process will involve an assessment of what the report might mean for the Department’s policies on absence management, flexible working and learning and development.

Reoffenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals there are in Northern Ireland who were released under the early release scheme in 1998 and following re-arrest or conviction are now in prison. (245138)

Of the 450 persons released ‘early’ on their sentences under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998, available information indicates that 13 persons are currently in prison following re-arrest and conviction. Of the 13, one is in prison in England and another is in prison in the Republic of Ireland. In addition a further person is in prison in Northern Ireland for breach of licence without having been convicted of a further offence and another is in prison in Northern Ireland on remand for alleged further offending.

Sexual Offences: Registration

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were on the sex offenders' register in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (246331)

The number of sex offenders in Northern Ireland subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was as follows:

As at 31 March each year

Number

2008

774

2007

670

2006

620

2005

544

The majority of persons who come under the notification requirements are subject to a notification period of five years or more and the annual increase largely reflects the number of new convictions.

A breakdown of figures for sex offenders subject to the notification requirements was not recorded on an annual basis until 2005. I am not, therefore, able to provide the information requested for 2004.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

African Horse Sickness

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides compensation to owners of horses infected with African horse sickness which are destroyed by his Department’s veterinary surgeons to prevent further infection. (244536)

In the event of an outbreak of African horse sickness, the Animal Health Act 1981 provides for compensation to be paid for equines slaughtered under the Act where they are infected or suspected of being infected with the disease. DEFRA is committed to discussing with the equine industry the issue of compensation, including the appropriate level.

Where the affected equine has been imported and slaughtered under the Animals and Animals Products (Import and Export) (England) Regulations 2006, there is no duty under the regulations to pay compensation.

Agriculture: Animal Welfare

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has allocated to support sustainable livestock production in 2008-09. (244681)

Support aimed at improving the competitiveness of the livestock industry is available under Axis 1 of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). Some £249 million will be spent in total on Axis 1 over the period 2007-13, and a minimum of £107 million out of that total will be specifically devoted to the sustainable livestock industry. In 2008-09 the minimum allocated to the livestock sector is £23 million.

Livestock producers also will benefit from both a proportion of the £1.5 billion that is paid annually to English farmers under the Single Payment Scheme and the £3.2 billion that has been allocated for agri-environmental schemes which operate under Axis 2 of the RDPE over the period 2007-13.

Agriculture: Subsidies

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate his Department has made of unspent funds under the single payment scheme; and what plans he has to allocate this funding for Article 68 measures; (243176)

(2) what plans his Department has to allocate funding under Article 68 measures under the Common Agricultural Policy.

The difference between payments to date under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme and the theoretical maximum is in the region of £50 million, largely as a result of farmers not claiming against all of their entitlements. No decisions have been made to date on the use of ‘Article 68’ measures.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the EU Common Agricultural Policy Health Check; and when he expects full decoupling to be achieved. (243461)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1222-6W, on the Common Agricultural Policy, what recent assessment he has made of progress on decoupling as a result of the decisions made in the CAP Health Check. (243525)

I refer to the written statement made to Parliament on 25 November by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State (Hilary Benn) about the outcome of the CAP health check negotiations. We believe that the health check will take the level of decoupled farm payments from 89 per cent. to 96 per cent. by 2013, although we estimate that the use of “national envelopes” could reduce that amount by up to 2.7 per cent., depending on how member states choose to implement them. The Government will continue to press in the EU for full decoupling of all farm payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of progress towards meeting the Rural Payments Agency's target of administering 75 per cent. of single farm payments to farmers in England by the end of January; (244179)

(2) what percentage of farmers in England have received their single farm payments for 2008.

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement that I made on 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 120WS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the 2007-08 budget for the Common Agricultural Policy was allocated to the 10 recipients who received the most in payments under the policy. (244231)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The percentage of the 2007-08 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget allocated to the 10 recipients in England who received the most in payments under the policy was 1.1 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many demands to repay overpayments have been made against single farm payment scheme claimants in each of the last three years; and how many repayments have been made. (244977)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: Of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) claims examined by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to date 6,557 overpayments invoices have been issued against SPS claimants broken down as follows for each of the last three years.

SPS scheme year

Invoices issued

2005

3,893

2006

2,248

2007

416

RPA has received repayments from 1,610 customers either in full, as part of a repayment agreement or as a partial interception of a claim.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) mean, (b) median, (c) highest and (d) lowest demand has been to repay overpayments made against single farm payment claimants in each of the last three years. (244978)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: Of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) claims examined to date the average, median, highest and lowest demand to repay overpayments made against SPS claimants in each of the last three scheme years are:

Scheme year

2005

2006

2007

Average

4,292.46

4,339.64

2,804.88

Median

802.74

1,040.43

922.21

Highest

738,198.25

649,138.33

117,493.20

Lowest

68.21

67.95

252.29

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount received is as a result of overpayment claims for the single payment scheme in each of the last three years. (244979)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: To date we have received the following amounts as a result of overpayment claims, for each of the last three years:

SPS scheme year

Value (£)

2005

9,372,627.72

2006

4,046,321.80

2007

158,718.75

Total

13,577,668.27

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons reclaims of single farm payment overpayments were made in the latest period for which figures are available. (244980)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: The Rural Payments Agency is obliged to recover overpayments. The reasons for these Single Payment Scheme (SPS) overpayments include entitlement correction work—some of which claimants asked us to carry out, partial payments—which were made in the 2005 and 2006 SPS scheme years and where the final claim value once validation is completed is now less than the amount paid and penalties.

Penalties can be applied to SPS applications for several reasons; submission of an application after the deadline, inaccuracies in an application, if a farmer does not meet cross compliance standards, or if they apply, set aside management rules. The size of the penalty will depend on the problem found. For example the size of a land penalty will depend on the amount of invalid land claimed. The size of a late submission penalty will depend on the number of days after the deadline on which an application was received.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Single Payment Scheme payments for 2008 have been made to people in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency; and what percentage of farmers in that constituency have received payment. (246102)

Detailed analysis of Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments by constituency is not available.

From April 2009, in accordance with EC Commission Regulation 259/2008, SPS payment details will be available on the UK CAP payments website for payments made between 16 October 2007 and 15 October 2008, which is the EU financial year. Subsequent scheme payments will be published on this website each April, together with all other common agricultural policy payments made.

Animal Welfare: Codes of Practice

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which codes of conduct to be issued under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 the Government is currently working on; and which bodies have been appointed to advise on each code. [Official Report, 9 February 2009, Vol. 487, c. 9MC.] (243291)

DEFRA is currently consulting on three draft codes of practice to be made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006—cats, dogs and equines. We are also proposing to draft codes on the private keeping of primates and on the rearing of gamebirds for sporting purposes.

DEFRA has had the assistance and co-operation of the following stakeholders in the preparation of these codes:

Cat: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Companion Animal Welfare Council, Feline Advisory Bureau, Pet Care Trust, Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals, Pet Food Manufacturers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and an independent veterinary adviser. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government acted as observers.

Dog: Companion Animal Welfare Council, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, Kennel Club, Pet Care Trust, Pet Food Manufacturers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and an independent veterinary adviser. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales acted as observers.

Equine: DEFRA is consulting on a similar code of practice prepared by the Welsh Assembly Government. This code was prepared by Welsh Assembly Government in consultation with a number of horse interest bodies.

Primates: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a combination of animal keepers, dealers, with an interest in primates. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government will act as observers.

Gamebirds: Animal Health, British Association for Sport Shooting, Countryside Alliance, Country Landowners Association, Game Conservancy Trust, Game Farmers Association, League Against Cruel Sports, National Gamekeepers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and two independent advisers. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government will act as observers.

Bluetongue Disease

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has evaluated on the transmission of bluetongue disease during animal transit; and what measures he has put in place to inhibit the transmission of the disease. (242908)

DEFRA has funded research on bluetongue which includes:

Studies on midge vectors, including surveys of abundance and seasonality, and biting rates.

Studies on use of insecticides to control vectors during transport, and the usefulness of housing in protecting livestock.

This research was used to define vector-free periods, and to provide advice about the conditions of movement licences regarding timing of movements and vector control.

This work was also used to contribute to the development of a model of bluetongue disease spread within and between farms. Collaborative work between the Meteorological Office and the Institute for Animal Health has resulted in tools to predict vector-borne disease incursions into the UK. This is currently being developed further.

The default control measures set out in legislation to combat bluetongue are aimed at preventing disease spread (through for example restriction of animal movement and through vector mitigation measures). Broadly, the controls can be summarised as follows:

Veterinary investigation on suspect premises, and restrictions which includes a ban on movement of susceptible animals on and off the premises.

On confirmation that bluetongue virus is circulating, restrictions remain in place and are extended to a zone of 20 km radius around the infected premises (IP).

Wider zone(s) must also be declared setting a protection zone and a surveillance zone (of at least 150 km radius around an IP).

Movement of susceptible animals out of these zones are banned except under licence (although animals can move freely within those zones) and we must implement surveillance programmes.

There is some flexibility in demarcating the zones (with Commission agreement), but various factors such as local geography must be taken into account.

We have an agreed policy for controlling incursions of any new serotypes under the existing UK Bluetongue Control Strategy. This strategy was reviewed recently in light of this year’s experience and to address risk from other serotypes, and was published on the DEFRA website on 1 December.

Details of the Control Strategy are currently available on the DEFRA website. Copies will also be placed in the House Library.

DEFRA continues to urge industry to consider the risks and check the health and vaccination status of animals when sourcing any animals, from within the UK or abroad.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides compensation to farmers whose cattle have been destroyed by his Department’s veterinary surgeons following the discovery of bluetongue. (244535)

Compensation is payable for all animals which are compulsorily slaughtered for the purposes of disease control under the powers provided for in the Animal Health Act 1981 and the Bluetongue Regulations 2008. Compensation is paid under the Bluetongue (Compensation) Order 2007, at the market value of animals immediately before they are slaughtered.

However, compensation is not payable when imported animals are slaughtered under the powers provided for in the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England) Regulations 2006.

Imported animals have been culled under these powers on a number of occasions where the veterinary risk assessment warranted this, most recently with BTV1 infected animals in Lancashire. Compensation is not payable under these circumstances.

Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantities of vaccine for the (a) BTV1 and (b) BTV6 strains of bluetongue disease are (i) available and (ii) on order. (242075)

No vaccines against Bluetongue serotypes 1 or 6 are currently authorised for use in the UK.

DEFRA is in discussion with existing manufacturers of BTV1 vaccine, and companies with BTV1 vaccine in development, to encourage applications to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for provisional marketing authorisations (PMAs). If vaccine should be required, the early granting of PMAs will help supply to the market to be achieved more quickly. DEFRA has not placed orders for vaccine against serotypes 1 or 6. To our knowledge, there are no BTV-6 vaccines yet in development.

We have an agreed policy for controlling incursions of any new serotypes under the existing UK Bluetongue Control Strategy. This strategy was reviewed recently in light of this year's experience and to address risk from other serotypes, and was published on the DEFRA website on 1 December.

DEFRA also continues to urge industry to consider the risks and check the health and vaccination status of animals when sourcing any animals, from within the UK or abroad.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the success rate of bluetongue vaccination in Gloucestershire was; how many strains of bluetongue virus have been identified; what evidence there is on the origin of each strain; and if he will make a statement. (244412)

Bluetongue is caused by a virus within the Orbivirus genus of the family Reorvirades. At present 24 distinct serotypes have been identified as a result of serum neutralisation tests.

Bluetongue was first described in South Africa but has since been recognised in most countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. Since 1999 there have been widespread outbreaks of Bluetongue in Greece, Italy, Corsica (France) and the Balearic Islands (Spain). Cases also occurred in Europe in Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Yugoslavia. These cases have been well north and west of the disease's previous normal distribution. It appears that the virus has spread from both Turkey and North Africa.

Bluetongue serotype 8 (BTV-8) was first found in Western Europe when it was detected in the Netherlands in summer 2006, after which it spread to Belgium, Luxembourg, Western Germany and parts of North East France in the same year. In 2007, Northern Europe experienced a dramatic increase of new cases in all existing infected areas, and cases numbered into the many tens of thousands as disease steadily spread across Europe.

Uptake of vaccine has varied by region in England and Wales and over time. Sales data from the supply chain suggests that enough vaccine has been sold across the whole of England in 2008 to vaccinate around 60 per cent. of susceptible animals. However, we cannot give accurate county specific data.

Bovine Tuberculosis

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been slaughtered following tuberculosis infection in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by county; what progress his Department's TB eradication group has made; and if he will make a statement. (244415)

The information is shown in the following table.

Total animals slaughtered under bovine TB control measures in England

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon

523

567

591

325

436

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

2

0

Berkshire

4

3

2

1

7

Buckinghamshire

43

1

11

21

100

Cambridgeshire

2

0

0

2

0

Cheshire

874

425

248

149

247

Cleveland

2

1

0

4

1

Cornwall

2,494

2,415

3,490

1,697

2,394

Cumbria

275

510

168

114

29

Derbyshire

356

321

608

463

427

Devon

2,767

4,758

6,660

4,471

5,388

Dorset

408

413

450

336

657

Durham

5

3

3

0

11

East Sussex

31

48

58

125

43

Essex

1

0

0

1

0

Gloucestershire

1,926

1,287

2,426

1,506

1,666

Greater London—East

0

0

0

0

0

Greater London—South East

0

2

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

2

13

3

3

14

Hampshire

13

17

21

30

94

Hereford and Worcestershire

2,680

2,686

3,698

2,823

2,674

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

1

9

5

27

32

Isle of Wight

1

6

0

0

0

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

4

1

3

10

90

Lancashire

9

4

45

19

44

Leicestershire

82

104

44

90

179

Lincolnshire

4

11

66

23

34

Merseyside

0

0

20

3

0

Norfolk

1

2

0

1

53

North Yorkshire (48)

22

168

69

8

90

North Yorkshire (50)

1

1

2

3

4

Northamptonshire

19

18

26

45

88

Northumberland

27

11

31

28

12

Nottinghamshire

1

17

1

5

4

Oxfordshire

11

15

16

20

149

Shropshire

473

757

856

877

1,128

Somerset

1,051

932

965

915

1,314

South Yorkshire

1

1

0

1

1

Staffordshire

1,205

626

1,297

1,051

1,201

Suffolk

0

2

0

13

14

Surrey

2

10

1

0

5

Tyne & Wear

0

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

34

47

129

89

154

West Midlands

1

0

1

2

34

West Sussex

15

10

3

11

12

West Yorkshire

0

4

5

3

129

Wiltshire

1,180

1,080

1,113

660

835

Total

17,551

17,306

23,135

16,007

19,794

Data are available from 2003 to 2007. There is no full county breakdown available for this year.

The TB Eradication Group for England has met twice since the Secretary of State announced the establishment of the group on 3 November. The Group has discussed its work programme and priorities; the scientific evidence provided to the Secretary of State which formed part of the basis for his decision on badger culling; and the possible content of an eradication plan (including a discussion with the European Commission). The Group has also considered proposals for a revised policy on inconclusive reactors.

The TB Eradication Group's remit includes reviewing the current TB strategy and control measures and developing a plan for reducing the incidence of bovine TB in cattle in England. It will make recommendations to the Secretary of State on the disease and its eradication.

Cereals

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the tonnage of grain for (a) human consumption and (b) animal consumption was held in the UK on (i) 1 January, (ii) 1 March, (iii) 1 May, (iv) 1 July, (v) 1 September and (vi) 1 November in the last year for which figures are available. (241478)

Grain stocks can be held at various points of the supply chain including farm stores, at ports, various processing facilities and at merchant and distribution stores.

Data on stocks held by the main processors, flour millers and maltsters, brewers and distillers are collected and published each month and can be accessed via the following link:

https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/statnot/statnot.htm.

Compost

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis is for the Environment Agency's recommendation that a 250 metre buffer zone between a windrow composting site and the nearest residential dwelling is adequate for the protection of public health; and whether the same size of buffer zone applies where the composting process includes food waste. (244243)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: The Environment Agency published a policy statement on composting and the potential health effects from bioaerosols produced as a result of the composting process in 2001. This set out its requirement for site specific bioaerosol risk assessments (for proposed composting facilities within 250 metres of dwellings or workplaces). The figure represents a precautionary measure and the point at which a site specific bio-aerosol risk assessment is required. The policy applies to all composting activities irrespective of waste type. Kitchen food waste cannot be composted in open windrows.

Since then, further work in this area has been undertaken by various parties. This has reiterated that there is insufficient information to determine the risk to human health from bioaerosols from composting. It has recommended that the trigger distance remain in place. This is a precautionary approach, based on research which has shown that bioaerosols should reduce to background levels within 250m. In 2007 the Environment Agency issued a revised policy statement which re-affirmed the need for site specific bioaerosol risk assessments to be carried out.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions the Environment Agency has had with the Health and Safety Executive on its 250 metre buffer zone between windrow composting sites and the nearest residential dwellings. (244244)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: The Environment Agency continues to work closely with the Health and Safety Executive on bioaerosols from composting sites. For example, the Environment Agency has recently published a science report based on work carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory, "Bioaerosols in waste composting: deriving source terms and characterising profiles" (HSL labs). Published December 2008 as Science report SC040021/SR2.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has carried out wind turbulence modelling of the dispersion of bioaerosols in formulating its recommendations on the width of the buffer zone required between a windrow composting site and the nearest residences in different topographical conditions. (244245)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: Following a further review of available research the Environment Agency maintained its precautionary approach in its policy statement published in October 2007.

This requires bioaerosol risk assessments to take place if a proposed composting site is within 250 metres of dwellings or workplaces. Wind turbulence modelling has limited value for modelling dispersion of bioaerosols and was not used to formulate the position.

However in addition to conducting its own further research with the Health and Safety Laboratory, the Environment Agency recognises the value that might be added by work carried out by others and has arranged for this work to be peer reviewed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many composting sites have been closed in England because of the potential impact of (a) bioaerosols, (b) odours, (c) environmental factors and (d) other factors on the health of residents living nearby in each of the last three years. (244246)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: This information is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Prosecutions

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were prosecuted for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in 2007. (240812)

The number of people proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, in England and Wales, during 2007 was 1,193.

Departmental Public Consultation

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on the public consultations it has held in the last 24 months. (246137)

DEFRA consults on a wide range of issues which are varied in nature. The Department does not record centrally the estimated costs for each consultation it launches, therefore to attach a value would involve disproportionate cost.

Dolphins: Denmark

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Denmark on the slaughter of dolphins in its territorial waters. (245885)

Under international law, it is primarily for individual countries to regulate the management and killing of small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises) in their own waters. The British Government do, however, feel very strongly about the welfare issues raised through the hunting of small cetaceans. Furthermore, it recognises that the protection and conservation of such species is very limited, and that they continue to be hunted in many parts of the world, often at unsustainable levels.

On 10 March 2008, my predecessor my hon. Friend for Chatham and Aylesford (Jonathan Shaw), was the keynote speaker at a seminar on commercial whaling held at the Danish Parliament buildings. The aim of the event—which was co-hosted by the British embassy and the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals—was to raise awareness among the Danish public of the cruel and unsustainable nature of the killing of cetaceans.

DEFRA works within the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to sponsor resolutions that raise the profile of this issue, and to encourage the IWC to adopt a strong position in favour of the protection of small cetaceans.

Please be assured that we will continue to raise these issues with Denmark directly, and in the IWC, at every appropriate opportunity.

Domestic: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 923W, (Mrs. Lait) on domestic waste: waste disposal, how much funding has been given to each local authority from the Behaviour Change Local Fund; and on what date each payment was made. (245917)

In response to a previous question from the hon. Gentleman, the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) arranged for a list of local authorities awarded funding to be placed in the House Library on 14 January 2008, as the list was quite lengthy. The position is unchanged as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has not made any further payments since January 2008 from the Behaviour Change Local Fund.

In respect of the timing of such payments, the requested data concerns the detailed operational activities of WRAP and is not therefore held by DEFRA. I understand that the chief executive of WRAP has offered to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss any issues of concern to him and I would encourage him to take up that offer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 923W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, whether monies from the Behaviour Change Local Fund have been used to provide information about the case for alternate weekly collections. (245918)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1010W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, what the (a) title and (b) date of publication of each item of guidance issued to local authorities on the use of fixed penalty notices in relation to household waste is. (245929)

The titles and publication dates of the items of guidance requested are as follows:

“Fixed Penalty Notices—Guidance on the Fixed Penalty Notice Provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and other legislation” published in November 2006:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/localenv/legislation/cnea/fixedpenaltynotices.pdf

“Local environmental enforcement—Guidance on the use of fixed penalty notices” published in March 2007:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/localenv/legislation/cnea/fixed-penalty-guidance.pdf

Environment Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sites in England contaminated by activities during the second world war have yet to be cleaned up. (245603)

Information on sites which qualify as “contaminated land” under part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is held locally rather than nationally. This would include sites contaminated by activities during the second world war.

Responsibility for identifying and dealing with contaminated land under part 2A lies with local authorities. All local authorities are required to have strategies in place detailing how they plan to investigate their areas to identify and deal with contaminated sites.

Farmers: Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the cross-compliance rules on permission for farmers to travel on wet land, with particular reference to recent weather conditions; and if he will make a statement. (244413)

This summer saw unusually wet conditions and as a result DEFRA received requests from farmers for derogations to the cross compliance Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) standard prohibiting use of agricultural machinery on water logged soil. A derogation was granted which covered the period 10 September to 25 October 2008.

As part of a wider review of GAEC standards which is being conducted in response to the CAP Health Check, and to improve the standards where possible, we are considering how we can give greater responsibility and flexibility to farmers to manage the risks to their soil, including from the use of machinery on water logged land. We expect to consult on any proposed changes in 2009.

Farms: Local Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of Sir Don Curry's report on the future of council-owned farms. (244251)

The Government have long made clear their support for the continuation of the county farm system. I therefore welcome the recent paper by Sir Don Curry on “The Importance of the County Farms Service to the Rural Economy” and fully support Sir Don's views and his recommendations for preserving the future of local authority estates. Local authorities should be free to manage their smallholdings estates as they see fit because they are in the best position to make decisions in their areas in the interests of the communities they serve. Nevertheless, we recognise the important role of county farms and would urge local authorities to act on Sir Don's recommendations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have smallholdings; what the area is of each such smallholding; and what assessment he has made of each local authority's plans for its smallholdings. (244257)

The following table shows the distribution and size of smallholding estates held by local authorities in England as at 31 March 2007 which is the latest readily available information.

Local authorities should be free to manage their smallholdings estates as they see fit because they are in the best position to make decisions in the interests of the communities they serve. We therefore do not make assessments of each local authority's plans for its smallholdings.

Area of smallholdings land held by smallholdings authorities as at 31 March 2007

Land let as smallholdings

Land held but not let as smallholdings

Total small- holdings land

County/Unitary Authority

Hectares

Hectares

Hectares

Bedfordshire

2,641

371

3,012

Berkshire West

117

117

Bournemouth

100

3

103

Brighton and Hove

4,263

26

4,289

Buckinghamshire

1,467

109

1,576

Cambridgeshire

12,275

1,632

13,907

Cheshire

3,920

212

4,132

City of York

103

31

134

Cornwall

4,461

109

4,570

Cumbria

261

98

359

Devon

4,146

4,146

Dorset

2,792

54

2,846

Durham

897

204

1,101

East Riding of Yorkshire

2,826

7

2,833

East Sussex

43

21

64

Essex

102

9

111

Gloucestershire

3,491

9

3,500

Hampshire

1,806

132

1,938

Hartlepool

88

88

Herefordshire

2,029

96

2,125

Hertfordshire

1,944

93

2,037

Lancashire

27

77

104

Leicestershire

2,909

67

2,976

Lincolnshire

8,156

21

8,177

Medway

82

82

Milton Keynes

447

447

Norfolk

6,710

233

6,943

Northamptonshire

335

1

336

North Lincolnshire

424

424

North Somerset

333

333

Northumberland

337

7

344

North Yorkshire

2,228

111

2,339

Nottinghamshire

270

534

804

Oxfordshire

381

19

400

Peterborough

1,242

1

1,243

Shropshire

714

25

739

Slough

3

3

Somerset

2,863

383

3,246

South Gloucestershire

491

3

494

Staffordshire

3,474

48

3,522

Suffolk

5,157

286

5,443

Surrey

854

157

1,011

Swindon

828

828

Thurrock

202

202

Torbay

25

1

25

Warrington

28

35

63

Warwickshire

2,001

21

2,022

West Sussex

304

59

363

Wiltshire

2,404

27

2,431

Worcestershire

1,602

54

1,656

Total

94,603

5,385

99,988

1 The above information is taken from a table included in the 57 draft annual report to Parliament on statutory smallholdings.

Farms: Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which procedures have to be followed to enable a farmer to remove waste dumped on his farmland; what the cost of those procedures to the farmer is; what estimate he has made of the average cost to farmers of applying such procedures; and if he will make a statement. (246278)

A farmer has a range of options for removing waste dumped illegally on his farmland. If the waste is posing an immediate threat to human health or the environment, he should contact the Environment Agency for advice. If the waste is of a non-hazardous nature, he must either remove the waste himself to a registered disposal site or contract a registered waste carrier to remove it for him. In both instances he should contact his local authority who may be able to offer support and advice. The exact cost of removal would depend on the nature and volume of waste deposited.

I have recently corresponded or discussed this issue with a number of farming and other landowner organisations.

Flood Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has for the £20 million for flood defence expenditure announced in the pre-Budget report; (241498)

(2) what the evidential basis was for the statement in the pre-budget report that 27,000 homes will be protected from flooding with the help of the £20 million funding announced; and where those homes are located.

Following the Government's announcement that £20 million will be brought forward for flood defence schemes from 2010-11 to 2009-10, an estimated 27,405 households will benefit from new or improved flood risk protection a year earlier than planned.

Funding will be allocated by the Environment Agency. The exact location of households benefiting will be dependent upon schemes passing the necessary feasibility studies and planning applications, as well as final approval for projects, which will be determined in February 2009. The Environment Agency has issued a list of schemes expected to be brought forward as a result. Copies of the list have been placed in the Library of the House.

Food Supply

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in (a) nitrogen prices and (b) levels of nitrogen supply on food production; and if he will make a statement. (244516)

Agricultural production is affected by a large number of factors and no specific assessment has been made of the impact of the changes in nitrogen prices and levels of supply.

In October DEFRA published its first forecast of total income from farming for the UK for 2008. This took into account the impact on input costs of changes in nitrogen prices and usage. A revised forecast will be published at the end of January together with forecasts of farm incomes in England by farm type for 2008-09. These will also take into account the change in nitrogen prices between 2007-08 and 2008-09.

A fuller economic analysis of the agriculture industry and of commodity production and supply, reflecting the full range of factors impacting on the sector, will be published in “Agriculture in the United Kingdom” in March 2009.

Food: Contamination

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded into the effect of animal disease on food security in the last 12 months. (242886)

DEFRA has not commissioned/funded any work specifically into the effect of animal disease on food security. However, we continue to fund research, to the value of £1.6 million annually, on a number of major endemic diseases of livestock, including cattle, sheep, pig and poultry, which seriously affect or are a serious potential threat to livestock production and thus food security. In addition, there is a programme of research, costing in the region of £8 million annually, on exotic diseases aimed at protecting UK livestock from exotic disease incursions.

One of the ways in which we are able to minimise the effects of animal disease on UK food security is by having a supply of livestock products from a wide range of countries, including the UK, which effectively spreads the risk. Disease outbreaks in the UK or elsewhere in the world affecting our trading partners should prompt a swift response in trade flows as the market seeks to offset the impacts of any supply disruption.

Food: Labelling

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on advertisements for products produced with meat from EU countries other than Britain carrying the British tractor assured label; and what guidance he has issued to food retailers on the use of the label on foodstuffs produced elsewhere in the EU. (245707)

The “Red Tractor” scheme is operated by Assured Food Standards, a company that is owned by representatives of the entire food chain from farmers to retailers. As a privately owned scheme it is the responsibility of Assured Food Standards to satisfy itself that it complies with food law, which makes it an offence to mislead the consumer as to the origin of food.

Game: Birds

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to reduce the level of intensive rearing and farming of game birds; and what advice he has received from the Farm Animal Welfare Council on this matter. (241708)

DEFRA is in the process of setting up a working group to draft a code of practice on the rearing of game birds for sport shooting.

The Farm Animal Welfare Council recently published its opinion on the welfare of farmed game birds containing their recommendations on certain management practices. The opinion will guide the working group in the drafting of a code of practice.

Game: Gun Sports

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on gamebird shooting; and if he will make a statement. (246329)

The Government's policies towards the game bird industry are consistent with the 2005 rural manifesto which stated that

“We will work with the relevant bodies to ensure that country sports are protected while ensuring high standards of environment protection, animal welfare and safety”.

We have no plans to restrict the sport of shooting.

Horse Racing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2187-8W, on horse racing, if he will make it his policy to gather statistics on thoroughbred fatalities on British racecourses. (244578)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2188W, on horse racing, if he will make an annual assessment of the welfare issues arising from surplus breeding of race horses. (244579)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2188W, on horse racing, what assessment he has made of the levels of competence of veterinary surgeons charged with destroying injured horses on British racecourses. (246315)

We have made no such assessment. However, any veterinary surgeon registered by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is obliged to follow a guide to professional conduct. This includes the requirement that they (i) keep their skills and knowledge up to date (ii) keep within their own areas of competence save for the requirement to provide emergency first aid and (iii) continue their professional education by keeping up to date with the general developments in veterinary science, particularly in their area of professional activity.

Horses: Electronic Tagging

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has performed a cost/benefit analysis on the EU requirement for foals born after 1 July 2009 to be identified by a microchip linked to a horse passport; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of implementing such a requirement in the first 12 months of its operation. (241483)

DEFRA is currently consulting on the implementation of Commission Regulation (EC) 504/2008 of 6 June 2008. The consultation document includes a draft Impact Assessment (IA) which estimates the costs and benefits of the new legislation.

The consultation document and draft IA can be found on the DEFRA website.

Incinerators

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on alternatives to incineration; and what potential exists within private finance initiatives for localised waste solutions. (242909)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no recent discussions with the Local Government Association on incineration. Private finance initiative waste infrastructure projects are initiated by the local authorities and are therefore always tailored to local circumstances.

On 26 November, I met Paul Bettison, Chairman of the LGA environment board to discuss a number of issues concerned with waste and flood management.

Joint Waste Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities on average he expects to comprise each joint waste authority. (245893)

There is no target or average for the number of local authorities expected to comprise each joint waste authority. The joint waste authority model is a voluntary option for local authorities who will need to decide whether or not such a model is appropriate for them.

Litter: Fixed Penalties

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the penalties imposed for littering and fly-tipping on industrial and retail parks. (242797)

We have no plans to increase the penalties for littering and fly-tipping on industrial and retail parks.

Livestock: Electronic Tagging

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated cost to (a) farmers and (b) the public purse of electronic identification of sheep is for its first year of operation; and if he will make a statement; (244514)

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of electronic identification of sheep on (a) hill farmers’ incomes and (b) management of upland ecosystems; and if he will make a statement.

A regulatory impact assessment has been produced for England, a copy of which is available on the DEFRA website. An updated version to take account of changes to Council Regulation 21/2004 that were negotiated over the summer and more detailed implementation options will accompany the consultation that is planned for the spring.

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee Conference

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the speeches and presentations made by representatives of the Environment Agency at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee Conference in November 2008. (245900)

DEFRA does not hold a copy of the presentation made by the Environment Agency at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee Conference.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the right hon. Member for Liverpool, Worcester (Jane Kennedy), who is responsible for Farming and the Environment to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean of 12 September and 26 November regarding surface water charges. (246573)

The matter is still under review and I will respond in full as soon as a final decision is taken.

Packaging

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring producers of (a) packaging, (b) chewing gum and (c) cigarettes within the remit of regulations on producer responsibility. (242799)

There are no plans to bring producers of chewing gum and cigarettes within the remit of regulations on producer responsibility.

Pet Travel Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pet passports have been issued in each of the last three years. (241470)

Animal Health have issued 60,000 blank certificates to veterinary practices in each of the last three years. We do not keep records of how many passports are issued by veterinary practices.

Poultry: Exports

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of UK poultry exports of the UK’s avian influenza-free status; and if he will make a statement. (243686)

The UK was able to resume trade in live poultry and poultry products with its European Union partners on 8 July last year. Subsequently, the UK achieved official international recognition of avian influenza freedom by the World Organisation for Animal Health on 20 November. We are currently working with our industry stakeholders to identify the key third country markets which need to be reopened and the best way to take negotiations forward in each case.

Recycling

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Environment Agency, (b) Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee and (c) Local Government Association on market conditions in the recycling sector. (242702)

DEFRA has maintained close contact with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the situation with regards to the markets for recyclable materials.

Based on these discussions, our priorities are:

to further promote waste minimisation;

to maintain public confidence that recycling is worthwhile to ensure continuity of collection systems for recyclables;

to focus on producing high quality marketable recyclables;

to ensure any storage of recyclables do not undermine the environment or public health or the recyclability of those materials;

where the traditional markets for recyclables have contracted, to encourage the most sustainable recovery and disposal options—i.e. landfill as a last resort; and

to avoid actions which exacerbate the situation while markets stabilise.

Officials continue to work with the Environment Agency, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee and the Local Government Association in order to monitor market developments.

On 17 December I met representatives of the packaging industry.

Recycling: Exports

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of recovered (a) ferrous metal, (b) non-ferrous metal, (c) plastic, (d) paper and cardboard, (e) glass and (f) wood was exported in 2007. (243417)

The following table details the proportion of recovered ferrous metal, paper and board, and glass cullet that was exported from the UK in 2007. Figures for non-ferrous metal, plastic and wood are not currently available.

Exports as a proportion of recovery, UK, 2007

Percentage

Ferrous metal

50

Paper and board

54

Glass cullet

18

Recycling: Tyres

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote and increase the recycling of tyres. (245436)

The Government have fully implemented the EU landfill directive which bans the disposal of whole and shredded used tyres in landfills and is therefore an important driver for tyre recycling.

The Government working closely with industry have ensured that there is sufficient recycling and recovery capacity to handle the 48 million tyres produced annually. Recycling and recovery includes the use of baled tyres in certain construction projects and the use of tyre crumb in the manufacture of sports and safety surfaces. Used tyres are also utilised as a substitute fuel in cement kilns and pyrolysis plants.

The DEFRA-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) ran a successful tyre programme from 2005 to 2008. This led to the development of two publicly available standards for tyre shred and crumb and for tyre bales and the development of markets for their use.

In addition the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) leads a Used Tyre Working Group which focuses on the re-use, recycling and recovery of used tyres. The group has a wide-ranging membership drawn from the tyre industry, the Government and WRAP.

Rural Payments Agency: ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Rural Payments Agency's upgrade of its IT system to the Epsilon programme. (245801)

The Epsilon IT changes were delivered at a cost of £8.56 million. This reflects costs over a 12-month lifecycle from design through to implementation.

The core components in scope included:

mandatory policy changes to allow accurate Single Payment Scheme 2008 payments;

automated management of customer land transfer details;

simplified management of customer entitlements;

providing a unique point of access for customer documents.

The cost includes design, build and delivery of a functional system but excludes wider business change costs.

Slaughterhouses

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely costs to (a) farmers and (b) abattoirs of the implementation of the EU regulations that require slaughterhouses to appoint an animal welfare officer; what assessment he has made of the effect of these regulations on the profitability of abattoirs; and if he will make a statement. (246812)

The European Commission published proposals for a regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing on 22 September 2008. This includes proposals to require the appointment of an Animal Welfare Officer in every abattoir over a minimum size. An EU impact assessment was published alongside the proposal and this is available on the European Commission website.

A UK impact assessment is currently being prepared. This will consider the costs and benefits of the proposed regulation including the cost to farmers and abattoirs. The impact assessment will be included with the consultation document on the proposed regulation which will be published in early 2009. This will provide an opportunity for those affected by the proposed regulation to give their views and to comment on the assumptions used to assess its impact.

Sustainable Development Commission: Public Appointments

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the future chairmanship of the Sustainable Development Commission; and whether Sir Jonathan Porritt has indicated whether he would be willing to continue as chair beyond his term ending in July 2009. (241976)

In July 2009, Sir Jonathon Porritt will complete his third term as chair of the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). Under the Code of Practice published by the Commissioner for Public Appointments this is the maximum number of terms allowed for one individual in a body such as the SDC.

As the sponsoring department for the SDC, DEFRA has begun the process of appointment of a new chair. This process is being managed in line with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments guidelines in order to have a new chair appointed before the end of July 2009.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State (Hilary Benn) and I are grateful for the service that Sir Jonathan Porritt has given to the Commission since his appointment in 2000.

Tidal Power: River Severn

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to how the terms of the EU Habitats Directive could be met with respect to fish stocks if a Severn barrage were to be constructed. (244317)

I have been asked to reply.

The Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study is considering a number of proposed electricity generation schemes, not barrages exclusively.

Full consideration is being given to potential impacts of a tidal power scheme on migratory and estuarine fish. A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is being undertaken, together with a strategic level habitats regulations assessment (HRA), the preliminary stage of which has already commenced. The HRA is being conducted under the terms of the habitats regulations, the instrument by which the habitats directive is translated into UK law. These assessments include all designated migratory fish species of the Severn estuary and relevant tributaries including the rivers Usk and Wye.

Subject to internal review, preliminary studies on fish impacts and the preliminary HRA screening will be published in the new year, alongside public consultation on the scope of the strategic environmental assessment. Further studies are planned during 2009 and will be published later.

Veterinary Medicine

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that veterinary surgeons who are required to destroy injured thoroughbreds on racecourses as part of their duties (a) have sufficient training and (b) are periodically assessed to ensure that their standard of competence is maintained. (242392)

DEFRA has no plans to ensure the competence of veterinary surgeons attending racecourses. Both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Horseracing Authority have rules in place which address this concern.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to require at least two means of humane despatch for an injured racehorse to be available immediately to the veterinary surgeon on duty at a racecourse. (242393)

DEFRA has no plans to introduce such a requirement. However, the British Horseracing Authority require that when racehorses need to be humanely destroyed, that the horse is either shot with a silenced weapon or that chemical means are used. The choice of which method should be used is a matter of professional judgment for the veterinary surgeon.

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward proposals to update the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. (243696)

Waste Disposal

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist local authorities in the disposal of waste stored in warehouses and other storage facilities. (242796)

With the aim of helping local authorities, DEFRA is taking the following steps:

(i) supporting the Environment Agency in relaxing the rules on storage of recyclable wastes;

(ii) encouraging the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and other bodies to help identify alternative market outlets for recyclable wastes, both domestic and international.

Waste Disposal: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which steps his Department has taken to evaluate the new multi-modal refuse collection vehicle for London. (244879)

Section 45 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 places the duty to collect commercial and household waste in England on waste collection authorities. These authorities are better placed than central Government to make decisions on the best sustainable waste management strategy for their area and consequently DEFRA does not interfere in these decisions.

It would be a matter for the local authority planning to use a particular vehicle or collection methodology to assess all aspects of its suitability.

Waste Disposal: Hazardous Substances

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received calling for the introduction of incentives for the full recovery of hazardous waste oil; and if he will make a statement. (243908)

DEFRA officials have received regular correspondence from representatives of the oil recycling sector about the issues relating to the recovery of waste oil and have also held meetings with the oil recycling sector to discuss these issues.

Waste Management

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will require the Environment Agency to provide guidance to local authorities on the most suitable type of waste management treatment facility appropriate to the geography of the area in which it is to be sited, taking account of the nearness to residents, topography and the local flora and fauna. (244247)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: While general guidance has been provided by both bodies, it is not within the remit either of the Health and Safety Executive or the Environment Agency to provide guidance to individual local authorities on what is the suitable type of waste management treatment facility for their area.

Specific guidance for local authorities through Planning Policy Statement 10 (PPS10) is also to be taken into account by waste planning authorities and forms part of the national waste management plan for the UK.

Solicitor-General

Gambling: Young People

To ask the Solicitor-General how many people were prosecuted for the offence of inviting, causing or permitting a child or young person to gamble in each of the last five years. (240340)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of persons proceeded against in magistrates courts for certain offences for gambling in England and Wales, 2003 to 2007 can be viewed in the following table.

The relevant sections of the Gambling Act 2005 Sections 46, 47, 56 and 57 came into force on 1 September 2007.

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, is unable to separately identify Sections 46 and 47 as they are grouped together.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of persons proceeded against in magistrates courts for certain offences relating to Gambling in England and Wales, 2003 to 20071, 2, 3, 4

Proceeded against

2003

2

2004

0

2005

0

2006

0

2007

3

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Gambling Act 2005 SS.46, 47, 48 & 62(1)(a)-(c ) & (2)

Inviting children and young persons to gamble; participation by young persons in gambling.

(People under 18 are not allowed to gamble)

Gambling Act 2005 SS.47 & 49 & 62(1)(b)&(2)

Invitation to enter premises; young persons entering premises.

(Child and young person may not enter gambling premises)

Gambling Act 2005 S.56 & 62(1)(a)-( c) & 2, 62(1)(b)&(2)

Invitation to participate in lottery: inviting, causing or permitting a child to take part in a lottery

Gambling Act 2005 S.57 & 62(1)(a)-( c) & 2, 62(1)(b)&(2)

Invitation to participate in football pools: inviting, causing or permitting a child to take part in football pools

Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, sec 21(a).

Betting with young person.

Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, sec 21 (b) and (c).

Employing young persons.

Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, sec 21 (b) and (c).

Employing young persons.

Gaming Act, 1968 Sec 23 -6.

False statement for purpose of obtaining a certificate of approval under Section 19 of this Act or reinstatement of same after revocation by the board.

Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 Sec 13. and Schedules 1 and 2, Secs 14, 2, 3, 4.

Contravening lotteries Regs 1977. Local and Societies' lotteries contravene requirements of Secs 5 - 12. Prize competitions. General lottery offences. Small lotteries incidental to exempt entertainments. Private lotteries.

4 The relevant sections of the Gambling Act 2005 Sections 46, 47, 56 and 57 came into force on 1 September 2007.

Source:

OCJR - E & A: Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis Unit

Communities and Local Government

British Library: Exhibitions

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which towns in England the British Library’s Sacred exhibition is visiting. (245565)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has visited the exhibition and said:

“The Sacred exhibition is a wonderful, tangible example of how to promote mutual understanding of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.”

However, Communities and Local Government does not have responsibility for the British Library’s ‘Sacred’ exhibition. Information about the touring exhibition is available on the British Library’s website, which states that the exhibition will visit Manchester, Leicester, Bradford, Leeds and Liverpool.