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BSE

Mr. Gray: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the report into BSE which he has commissioned from Professor Gabriel Horn. [159263]

Ms Quin [holding answer 27 April 2001]: The review of the origin of BSE chaired by Professor Horn is well under way. It is expected that the group will submit their report by the end of May. Their conclusions will be included in the Government's detailed response to the BSE Inquiry Report.

Pigs (Whey Feeding)

Mr. David Heath: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of methods of disposal of whey as an alternative to feeding to pigs. [159434]

Ms Quin: We would assess alternative methods of disposal of whey in the event of it being banned as a feedingstuff to pigs.

Mr. David Heath: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what volume of whey was fed to pigs in England in each of the last five years. [159433]

Ms Quin [holding answer 27 April 2001]: We do not hold figures on the volume of whey fed annually. However, figures resulting from consultation with the industry indicate that approximately 450,000 tonnes of pasteurised milk waste products, including whey products, are used by pig industry per annum.

Mr. David Heath: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many pigs in England were fed with whey in the last 12 months; and what proportion they constitute of the national herd. [159432]

Ms Quin [holding answer 27 April 2001]: It is estimated that up to 20 per cent. (or 1,051,600 pigs) of the British pig production sector utilises high moisture and moist co-products in pig feeds through liquid-feeding systems, which includes whey.

Bovine TB

Mr. Drew: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a simplified version of the husbandry report on bovine TB will be made available to farmers. [154031]

Ms Quin [holding answer 16 April 2001]: The Government accepted the recommendation of the independent Husbandry Panel on the need for more effective guidance to farmers on reducing the risk of TB. We will re-assess the mechanisms used to deliver this

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guidance in the light of the Panel's advice, although the timeframe for this work will be extended because of the foot and mouth outbreak.

CABINET OFFICE

Special Advisers

Mr. Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total cost was of employing special advisers in his Department from 1997 to date. [160039]

Marjorie Mowlam: Details of costs for special advisers within individual Departments are not given, in order to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned.

The estimated cost for special advisers as a whole in 2001-02 is £4.4 million.

The overall costs for the previous years since 1997 are as follows:

£ million
1997-982.6
1998-993.5
1999-20004.0
2000-014.4

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the special advisers employed by each Government Department on 1 March 1997, the date on which each resigned, and the reason for that resignation. [151896]

Marjorie Mowlam: A list of special advisers in post on 1 March 1997 is as follows:

Government DepartmentSpecial advisers
Prime Minister's OfficeNormal Blackwell
Carolyn Fairbairn
Katherine Ramsay
Simon Walker
Arabella Warburton
Sean Williams
Chief Whip's OfficeShana Hole
Cabinet Office(9)Andrew Caesar-Gordon
Lady Eileen Strathnaver
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodGeorge Osborne
Ministry of DefenceAlison Broome
Department for Education and EmploymentDr. Elizabeth Cottrell
Nicholas Heslop
Department of the EnvironmentKeith Adams
Gavin Barwell
Tom Burke
Liam O'Connor
Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeGraham Carter
Department of HealthTony Hockley
Tim Rycroft
Department of National HeritageAndrew Honnor
Home OfficePatrick Rock
Rachael Whetstone
Privy Council OfficeSophie McEwen
Praveen Moman
Department of Social SecurityPeter Barnes
Department of Trade and IndustryGreg Clark
Department of TransportLucy Miller
Her Majesty's TreasuryPaul Gardner
Anthony Teasdale
Edward Troup
Scottish OfficeJacqui Low
Gerald Warner
Welsh OfficeBarnaby Towns

(9) In addition, Sir Peter Levene was employed as Efficiency Adviser


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Information on the date of resignation of individual special advisers and the reason for resignation is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Policies

Caroline Flint: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Don Valley constituency, the effects on Doncaster of her Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [153523]

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects of her Department's policies and actions on the constituency of Houghton and Washington, East since 2 May 1997. [152995]

Mr. Stringer: The Cabinet Office is responsible for a range of functions which cover England as a whole, or in relation to non-devolved matters, Great Britain or the United Kingdom. It is therefore not possible to say what their specific impact is on a particular constituency. Additionally any policy changes arising from reports by Cabinet Office units, such as the Social Exclusion Unit and the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit, are implemented by the appropriate Government Department rather than by the Unit itself.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Prison Disorders

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison disorders have taken place in prisons in England and Wales during the last 12 months; and if he will list the prisons concerned. [158387]

Mr. Boateng: The term "disorder" is understood as referring to incidents of concerted indiscipline. An incident is classified as concerted indiscipline when prisoners collectively: refuse to comply with a lawful order; or involve themselves collectively in disruption of an establishment's normal regime and the incident is not otherwise reportable in its own right, unless that reportable incident presents a wider threat to the good order or discipline of the establishment.

During the last 12 months, 103 incidents of concerted indiscipline have taken place in prisons in England and Wales. The prisons at which the disorders took place are listed in the tables:

EstablishmentNumber of incidents in the last 12 months
Full Sutton1
Whitemoor8
Woodhill4
Lincoln1
Ranby5
Leicester1
Wellingborough2
Onley1
Chelmsford4
Highpoint3
Hollesley Bay2
Norwich1
Maidstone1
Rochester1
Swaleside1
Dover1
Garth1
Lancaster Farms1
Wandsworth1
Forest Bank5
Risley1
Castington7
Guys Marsh1
Ashfield7
Portland4
Bullingdon4
Aylesbury3
Huntercombe3
Cardiff1
Parc1
Birmingham3
Blakenhurst1
Stafford1
Stoke Heath3
Brinsford2
Bullwood Hall2
Holloway1
Send1
Low Newton1
Lindholme2
Moorland1
Wolds2
Northallerton1
Wetherby3

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Table of reported acts of concerted indiscipline including the duration of the incident, in date order, from 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001

Prison Incident dateDuration of incidents (hours)
Ashfield6 April 20001
Ranby8 April 20003
Whitemoor6 April 2000Less than one hour
Ranby8 April 200014
Ashfield10 April 20002
Stoke Heath14 April 20003
Aylesbury25 April 2000Less than one hour
Forest Bank25 April 20001
Castington29 April 20003
Forest Bank1 May 20001
Whitemoor8 May 20001
Hollesley Bay9 May 20001
Portland4 May 200012
Bullingdon14 May 2000Less than one hour
Blakenhurst12 May 2000Less than one hour
Highpoint16 May 20003
Bullingdon20 May 20001
Guys March21 May 20007
Chelmsford20 May 200011
Castington21 May 20003
Forest Bank31 May 2000Less than one hour
Whitemoor27 May 200048
Chelmsford4 June 2000Less than one hour
Bullwood Hall12 May 20002
Risley9 June 20009
Northallerton10 June 20001
Norwich12 June 2000Less than one hour
Garth21 June 2000Less than one hour
Chelmsford24 June 2000Less than one hour
Huntercombe24 June 20001
Whitemoor26 June 20002
Huntercombe27 June 20001
Lindholme1 July 20001
Full Sutton2 July 2000Less than one hour
Swaleside4 July 2000Less than one hour
Whitemoor4 July 2000Less than one hour
Ashfield9 July 20001
Ranby9 July 200019
Whitemoor8 July 2000Less than one hour
Castington14 July 2000Less than one hour
Stoke Heath14 July 20001
Bullwood Hall23 July 2000Less than one hour
Highpoint19 July 20002
Castington24 July 20001
Forest Bank30 July 20008
Birmingham2 August 2000Less than one hour
Aylesbury3 August 2000Less than one hour
Portland1 August 2000Less than one hour
Whitemoor1 August 200048
Ranby6 August 200017
Stoke Heath6 August 20003
Send5 August 20001
Birmingham12 August 20001
Birmingham12 August 20001
Highpoint13 August 20001
Lancaster Farms15 August 20002
Wetherby22 August 20001
Ranby21 August 20009
Bullingdon24 August 2000Less than one hour
Wetherby29 August 20002
Wandsworth1 September 20008
Castington14 September 2000Less than one hour
Woodhill25 August 20002
Wolds18 September 20001
Aylesbury3 October 2000Less than one hour
Chelmsford4 October 2000Less than one hour
Castington10 October 20004
Woodhill11 October 20001
Lindholme11 October 20009
Woodhill10 October 2000Less than one hour
Dover17 October 20004
Feltham21 October 20006
Castington23 October 20003
Ashfield5 November 2000Less than one hour
Bullingdon9 November 20001
Hollesley Bay20 November 20008
Low Newton28 November 20001
Forest Bank29 November 20001
Ashfield30 November 20002
Portland4 December 20001
Brinsford17 December 20001
Ashfield25 December 20006
Wellingborough25 December 20001
Holloway27 December 20002
Moorland25 December 20001
Maidstone18 January 20011
Rochester30 July 20001
Onley24 January 20016
Woodhill25 January 20012
Ashfield26 January 20014
Stafford25 January 2001Less than one hour
Portland31 January 20011
Huntercombe17 February 20012
Lincoln13 February 2001Less than one hour
Swansea18 February 20011
Leicester22 February 20012
Wellingborough2 March 20011
Whitemoor12 March 20011
Wolds14 March 2001Less than one hour
Wetherby17 March 20011
Cardiff19 March 2001Less than one hour
Brinsford31 March 20011
Parc23 February 2001Less than one hour


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