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Greenhouse Gases

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on current station lifetime plans, what projections have been made of the production of greenhouse gases if electricity produced from nuclear power stations is replaced with electricity produced from gas-fired power stations. [17368]

Mr. Meacher: On central assumptions, electricity generation from UK nuclear power stations is projected to fall from 86 terawatt hours in 2005 to 27 terawatt hours in 2020, as existing power stations reach the end of their licensed lifetimes (see table). Were it physically possible to replace all nuclear capacity by gas-fired power stations similar to the type presently being installed by 2005, the related greenhouse gas emissions would be about 8.3 million tonnes of carbon per year in 2005, falling to 2.6 million tonnes of carbon by 2020. This includes the effect of carbon dioxide arising from combustion plus minor associated emissions of methane and nitrous oxide.

2005201020152020
Nuclear generation (TWh)86664027
Greenhouse gas emissions from fuel switching(35)8.36.43.92.6

(35) Million tonnes of carbon equivalent


Foot and Mouth

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason her Department was not represented at the public inquiry into foot and mouth disease in Devon. [11737]

Margaret Beckett [holding answer 1 November 2001]: DEFRA co-operated with the Devon county council inquiry.

To minimise additional burdens on staff actively engaged in fighting the disease, the Department responded to a number of questions in writing.

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes there were to the criteria for the payment of slaughter premium during the foot and mouth outbreak. [14000]

Mr. Morley: There were no changes to the criteria for the payment of slaughter premium during the foot and mouth outbreak.

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis slaughter premium is payable on cattle slaughtered as a result of foot and mouth disease. [13999]

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Mr. Morley: Slaughter premium is not payable on cattle slaughtered during the foot and mouth outbreak but if the market value for such animals would have been influenced by expectation of slaughter premium then the valuation for compensation should reflect this. Standard valuations, which operated between 22 March and 29 July, took account of slaughter premium.

The Department will shortly be issuing clarification to interested parties.

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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to implement the recommendations of Professor Mercer's report into the foot and mouth crisis in Devon; and if she will make a statement. [11734]

Margaret Beckett [holding answer 1 November 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State, Lord Whitty on 31 October 2001, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 1416–17.