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Right to Roam

Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what

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representations she has received from the freedom to roam to be introduced on a region-by-region basis.[39384]

Alun Michael: There have been a number of such representations, mainly in favour of bringing the right of access under Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 into force within each region as soon as the conclusive map of open country and registered common land for that region is issued. I undertook to decide our approach in the light of the experience in the first two areas to be mapped and I hope to make an announcement shortly.

Car Dumping

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with local councils on the impact charges for taking cars at scrapyards have had on the numbers of cars being dumped; and if she will make a statement. [39272]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 28 February 2002]: We have not had discussions with local councils on this issue. However, it is widely believed that the fall in prices for scrap metal has contributed to the increase in the number of vehicles abandoned.

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Fair trade

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether fair trade products are sold in her Department. [39826]

Mr. Morley: Support for Fair Trade initiatives both in developing countries and the UK has been given by the Department for International Development. This support forms part of a wider dialogue with the private sector to encourage them to adopt more socially responsible and ethical business practises.

Products are not generally sold within DEFRA other than food through catering contracts. We have no central information on the extent to which such food is fair trade.

Flooding

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the issue of responsibility for ground water flooding where there is no owner or recent records of a water source will be included in the review of flooding. [40343]

Mr. Morley: The Steering Group Report and associated consultation document recently issued by this Department relate specifically to a review of the future arrangements for funding flood and coastal defence work and related institutional and administrative arrangements. The review did not cover ground water flooding matters.

Sustainable Development

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to promote sustainable development. [40354]

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Mr. Meacher: The Department has lead responsibility for the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy. We will shortly be publishing the second annual report on progress towards sustainable development by the country as a whole. In DEFRA itself, we intend to put in place a Departmental sustainable development strategy—by Spring 2002; the new Department's aim and objectives have sustainable development at their heart.

Later this year Johannesburg will host the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), marking the tenth anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was the first head of government to confirm that he would attend. DEFRA has a central role to play in the UK preparations for the Summit, both as the champion of sustainable development policy in the UK Government, and as the lead Department on relevant negotiations in environmental fora, including policy lead for WSSD. We hope the publicity it generates will stimulate further interest not just in the international aspects of sustainable development, but the action we need to take at home.

We are committed to taking forward sustainable development—as we have already demonstrated, for instance, at the climate change talks in Marrakech and the WTO talks in Doha; and by calling a Waste Summit, publishing a Fuel Poverty Strategy and setting up the Policy Commission on Food and Farming. We shall continue to work actively with other countries, business, local authorities and NGO's to promote sustainable development.

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Combined heat and power

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she plans to take to double UK use of combined heat and power following the PIU review of energy policy.[39978]

Mr. Meacher: Government will consider the Review's recommendations and will hold a public consultation leading to a White Paper in the Autumn. My Department is developing a CHP Strategy in close collaboration with other Government Departments and this will set out the measures needed to achieve the target to double Good Quality CHP capacity to at least 10,000 megawatts by 2010. We will issue the Strategy as a draft document for consultation shortly.

Refrigerators

Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis the money allocated to local authorities to assist in meeting the costs involved in storing (a) refrigerators and (b) freezers, will be divided between different local authorities; and how much she expects each local authority to receive. [40084]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 4 March 2002]: In early December 2001, I announced a payment of £6 million to cover local authority costs from January to March 2002. This payment will be made through the Revenue Support Grant for 2002–03 and will be distributed to waste disposal authorities according to the Standard

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Spending Assessment Formula. We are monitoring the impact of the Regulation to assess what further action is required.

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement indicating what her understanding is of whether sections in Article 5, Paragraph (d) of EC Regulation 2037/2000 (29 June 2000) apply to insulating materials used in refrigerators and freezers. [39994]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 4 March 2002]: The UK Government's interpretation of Article 5(1)(d)(iv) of EC Regulation 2037/2000 is that it prohibits the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) for the production of polyurethane foams for appliances, including refrigerators and freezers, from 1 January 2003.

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Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement indicating her understanding of the way in which Article 16 of EU Regulation 2037/2000, paragraph 3 affects the implementation of paragraph 2.[39996]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 4 March 2002]: In June 2001, the European Commission gave EU Member States a definitive clarification of Article 16(2) of EC Regulation 2037/2000. It required ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in domestic fridges and freezers, either used as the refrigerant or to blow the insulating foam, to be recovered and dealt with as provided for in Article 16(1) after 31 December 2001. Article 16(3) of EC Regulation 2037/2000 applies to the recovery, if practicable, and recycling, reclamation or destruction of any ODS contained in equipment, systems and appliances not specified in either Article 16(1) or 16(2). Therefore Article 16(3) does not affect the implementation of Article 16(2).

Livestock Movements

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she collects on the (a) duration and (b) distance of farm livestock's journeys to slaughter.[40973]

Mr. Morley: This information is not collected. Farmers and transporters are not required to provide information about journeys within Great Britain. All export consignments of farm livestock are accompanied by a Route Plan showing the intended route and duration of the journey.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the 21-day standstill rule. [40376]

Mr. Morley: I have received a number of representations from organisations representing farmers and auctioneers on the 20-day movement standstill, which forms a key part of the Interim Animal Movement Regime which was introduced on 11 February. The 20 day standstill rule has been waived for some types of movement, subject to conditions and we will continue to keep these arrangements under review.

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TREASURY

Temporary Employees

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance has been issued in respect of the recruitment and appointment of non-permanent employees in (a) his Department and (b) all executive agencies supervised by his Department; and if he will publish the full terms of employment as specified to employees in his Department and the executive agencies for which he is responsible who are employed on a temporary contract of (i) 51 weeks' and (ii) less than 51 weeks' duration. [25514]

Ruth Kelly: The information has been placed in the Library.


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