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from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the organisation from which each has come, (b) their responsibilities and civil service grades within her Department, (c) the organisation responsible for
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paying their salary and (d) the start and end dates of their secondment. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Due to confidentiality I am not able to release the names of the individuals that have been seconded to the Department. Two members of staff have been seconded from the private sector, one from July to December 1999, the other from September 2001 to May 2002. Both were seconded from the BBC at approximately grade seven level and paid by the BBC.
Mr. Meacher: We have set up the Carbon Trust to promote business and public sector energy efficiency and the take-up of low carbon technology. We will be consulting on a CHP strategy shortly to promote this highly energy efficient technology. The climate change levy, and its associated climate change agreements, are also an important spur to business energy efficiency. But there remains a great unrealised potential for energy efficiency and the Department will be considering strategies to further enhance its role in the future.
Gillian Merron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Wirral, South (Mr. Chapman) on 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 905W, whether she can update the House on the measures her Department has taken to trace the offspring of BSE cases. 
Mr. Morley: As a result of further checks, it has now become clear that two more offspring of BSE cases have been sold for human consumption, one in December and one in January. Some meat from the latter has been prevented from going into the food chain. These cases are being investigated. Measures are being taken to tighten up procedure and we are considering taking legal action.
Passports thought to have been held by officials outside animal health divisional offices were in fact returned to owners, enabling the animals to be sold despite the fact restriction notices were properly served on the owners, informing them the animals were not to be sold for human consumption. Consumer protection is provided by the over-30-month rule, the removal of specified risk material and the ban on the feeding of mammalian meat and bone meal to all farm livestock. These measures were applied in these cases.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's plans for the future of the live animal export trade; and what plans she has for the banning of this trade. 
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Mr. Morley: The Government have been consistent in their view that a trade in meat is preferable to the long distance transport of animals for slaughter. It is a matter that will be considered when the European Commission produces its proposals to update and improve the current EU rules on animal welfare during transport. The Government have no powers to introduce a ban on this trade. Judgments by the European Court of Justice have made it quite clear that such a ban would be illegal.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with newspaper and journal wholesalers who insist on individual newsagents taking pornography with their newspaper orders. 
Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she intends to implement Commission Decision 2000/68 on horse passports and to ensure that the new system meets the needs of the horse industry. 
Alun Michael: We have carefully considered the responses to the consultation exercise carried out on the implementation of Commission Decision 2000/68. Taking account of these views and the need to comply with the terms of the Decision the Government have decided that by 31 December 2003 all horses and ponies must have passports. The Government also intend to introduce a unique identification number for all horses and ponies.
Owners and keepers of horses and ponies which are not currently registered will be required to register these animals with one of the appropriate approved equine organisations. The owners of these animals and the owners of registered horses and ponies which currently do not have passports, will be required to obtain passports from the approved organisations. We will require that owners of horses and ponies which currently have passports be issued with the new extended passport containing details of veterinary medicines administered.
The Government also consider that it is vital to establish a central database of basic information on horses which could be used for disease control and other purposes and will establish the necessary arrangements following discussion with the horse industry in order to achieve this end with a minimum of bureaucracy and at minimum costs.
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included some double counting. A new table providing the correct information is annexed. The rest of the answer remains unchanged.
|Subsidies on product|
|Arable area payments on:|
|Other cereal crops||22||1||5||(49)||27|
|Peas and beans-stockfeed and human consumption||67||(49)||1||(50)||68|
|Other crop subsidies||3||(50)||(49)||(50)||3|
|Beef special premium||126||24||46||46||242|
|Suckler cow premium||80||25||61||45||211|
|Extensification payment scheme||50||15||34||27||126|
|Beef national envelope||11||3||8||5||26|
|Sheep annual premium||74||53||42||13||182|
|FMD light lambs||1||2||2||(50)||5|
|Dairy agrimonetary compensation||56||8||6||9||79|
|Total subsidies on products||1,249||162||334||194||1,940|
|Other animal disease compensation||11||1||(49)||16||29|
|Less favoured areas support schemes||42||42||61||18||164|
|Countryside Premium (Scotland)||(50)||(50)||9||(50)||9|
|Tir Cymen and Tir Gofal||(50)||13||(50)||(50)||13|
|Environmentally Sensitive Areas||48||7||10||5||71|
|Nitrate Sensitive Areas||3||(50)||(50)||(50)||3|
|Total other subsidies||360||79||115||43||596|
(49) Negligible, less than 0.5
(50) Not applicable
(51) Payments for sites of special scientific interest are not part of CAP
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