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Ms Quin: Ten areas have been enrolled in the badger culling trial and initial culling has been carried out in seven of these, in line with the timetable set down by the Independent Scientific Group (ISG) on cattle TB. The ISG has advised that the trial is on course to produce results by the end of 2004 and possibly earlier.
Ms Quin [holding answer 30 January 2001]: The tables show summaries of the volume and value of agricultural and food imports into the UK in 1999, as recorded by the Overseas Trade Statistics. More detailed information on processed and unprocessed imports,
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covering the period 1988 to 2000, is available on the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food website at: http://www.maff.gov.uk/esg/excel/webindig.xls.
|Number (000 head)||Value (£ million)|
|Sheep and goats||123.4||4.5|
|Poultry, including chicks||9,134.6||5.5|
|Quantity (000 Tonnes)||Value (£ million)|
|Fish: live, fresh or chilled||82.2||141.7|
|Fruit and vegetables: fresh, chilled or frozen||3,974.3||2,364.7|
|Cocoa and coffee||351.0||341.1|
|Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits||1,149.2||199.4|
|Meat and meat products||1,298.5||2,194.9|
|Dairy products and egg products||760.7||1,175.9|
|Fish, frozen or prepared||469.0||1,148.5|
|Cereals and bakery products||1,145.5||847.9|
|Fruit and vegetables, processed or preserved||2,949.7||1,768.6|
|Sugar and sugar confectionery||2,258.6||725.2|
|Cocoa and chocolate, coffee, tea and spices||472.3||893.6|
|Cooked and prepared foods, sauces||578.4||963.5|
|Animal oils and fats||1,570.9||617.9|
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certificates (a) he, (b) Ministers of State, (c) junior Ministers and (d) civil servants in his Department have signed in each calendar year from 30 May 1997 
Ms Quin [holding answer 30 January 2001]: There have been no public interest immunity certificates issued from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in respect of civil or criminal litigation from 30 May 1997.
Ms Quin: The Pet Travel Scheme was extended from 31 January to include cats and dogs from 28 rabies-free islands, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Cyprus. Over 14,500 cats and dogs have now successfully entered the UK using the scheme since it was launched last February.
Mr. Maginnis: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was collected in fixed-penalty speeding fines on Northern Ireland's (a) M1 and M2 motorways, (b) urban non-motorway roads and (c) rural non-motorway roads for each year since 1996. 
Mr. Maginnis: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was collected in speeding fines in Northern Ireland in the years 1996 to 2000; and how and where this money was spent. 
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Information detailing how much money was collected in speeding fines in Northern Ireland during the years 1996 to 2000 is not held centrally. Such fines are paid over directly to HM Treasury's Consolidated Fund.
Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the answers of 29 January 2001, Official Report, column 71W, if she will publish the full list of invitees to the party at Haymarket House on 22 September 1999 for the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz); and if the Lord Chancellor spoke at that function to welcome guests. 
Jane Kennedy: As I have already made clear, the reception was hosted by The Hinduja Foundation who determined the invitation list, which was cross-party. The Lord Chancellor spoke briefly at the function.
Mrs. Fitzsimons: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what provision the Government are making for the general public, asylum seekers and their representatives to access information about the asylum appeals system. 
Jane Kennedy: The Immigration Appellate Authority is today launching a website www.iaa.gov.uk. The site features up-to-date information on the organisation, the two judicial tiers it administers and the appeal procedures that apply. The IAA website will have links to the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate and Community Legal Service sites www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk and
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www.justask.org.uk. The IAA website will provide a useful entry point to gain information on the process of applying for asylum.
A key feature of the IAA site is the provision of detailed daily court lists for all the Authority's hearing centres--allowing parties involved in appeals access to listing information as early as possible. Supporting the lists with on-line access to leaflets, guidance and travel maps, the website provides asylum seekers and their representatives with easily obtained practical information.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what guidance he issues to judges on maintaining a politically neutral stance in public in respect of bills before Parliament. 
Mr. Lock: The current guidance given to judges on appointment advises them against engagement in any capacity which might undermine, or be reasonably thought to undermine, their judicial independence or impartiality. A statement about the position of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary was made by the Senior Law Lord in another place on 22 June 2000, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 419-20, setting out the general principles on the participation of the Lords of Appeal in the business of the House of Lords.
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