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Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the application form for (a) the licence for the movement of sheep and goats for export, (b) the individual movement licence for the export of sheep and goats, (c) the licence to gather animals and (d) sole occupancy authority will be available in Welsh from the Government website; [52618]

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Mr. Morley: Arrangements are in hand to make the application forms for licences to move sheep and goats available in Welsh from the website of the National Assembly for Wales. We expect these documents will be available in May 2002. The other documents referred to will be available in Welsh as soon as possible.

Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to make it possible to download AMLS licences in Welsh from her Department's website; and if she will make a statement. [52617]

Mr. Morley: There are no plans to make it possible to download AMLS licences in Welsh from the DEFRA website. Welsh licences contain references applicable to the animal health legislation for Wales and are not valid for movements from premises in England. However there are links from the DEFRA website to the National Assembly for Wales' website which should enable Welsh licences to be downloaded, once they are on that website.


Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with BAA regarding the prevention of water pollution from water draining from the proposed new terminal at Heathrow; [49018]

Mr. Meacher: No recent discussions have been held. Surface water drainage and pollution control measures were considered at the Terminal 5 public inquiry and in the Inspector's report. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions' decision to approve the development of Terminal 5 and his reasons were set out in full in his decision letter of 20 November 2001.

The Environment Agency, as environmental regulator, will consider detailed plans for drainage from the site, including the holding reservoirs and capacity at Mayfield Farm sewage treatment works, when they are submitted by the British Airports Authority to the London borough of Hillingdon in due course. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's decision letter required that:

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Marine Stewardship Report

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish the Marine Stewardship report; and if she will make a statement. [53919]

Margaret Beckett: Tomorrow I will publish the first Marine Stewardship Report-Safeguarding Our Seas: A Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of our Marine Environment.

The report sets out our vision for the marine environment—clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. It is underpinned by the principles of sustainable development, integrated management, the conservation of biological diversity, robust science, the precautionary principle and stakeholder involvement.

It outlines how we are adopting an ecosystem-based approach to marine management to better integrate marine protection objectives with sustainable social and economic goals. It covers the broad spectrum of policies that affect the marine environment. As well as describing past achievements and progress made, it contains new ideas and initiatives to turn our vision into reality.

Our initiatives will improve marine conservation. We will undertake our proposed regional seas pilot scheme in the Irish Sea as the next stage of our review of Marine Nature Conservation. The report also commits us to consult later this year on the regulations to extend the Habitats and Birds Directives out to limit of jurisdiction of UK waters. It also contains a commitment to explore with other countries the case for, and feasibility of, marine protected areas on the high seas.

The report announces our intention to review the regulations that affect development in coastal waters with a view to simplifying the regulatory system and protecting the marine environment. It also includes initiatives to explore the role of spatial planning for our seas at the regional level and provide a focal point to build on existing seabed mapping.

In addition, Safeguarding Our Seas commits us to review current arrangements for marine scientific research to ensure that we have the proper science base to deliver our vision. It underlines our commitment to develop our framework for environmental monitoring and that we will produce an integrated assessment of our seas by 2004.

The report emphasises the importance of involving stakeholders in making the decisions that affect them. It announces that we will hold a joint conference of the English, Scottish and Welsh coastal fora, together with stakeholders from Northern Ireland, on how to implement the EC Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

Some policy matters covered in the report are the responsibility of the devolved Administrations. The Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales were integral to the preparation of the report. The Northern Ireland Executive has monitored progress of the report and will consider the implications for Northern Ireland.

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The report is a valuable first step in turning our vision into reality. I will place copies of the report in the Library of the House. It will also be available at:

Sustainable Development

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to co-operate with developing countries on developing policies and processes for combating poverty and promoting sustainable development. [44359]

Clare Short: I have been asked to reply.

The Government are committed to working in partnership with developing countries with large numbers of poor people to tackle poverty and promote sustainable development. It is essential that developing countries lead the process of reform and poverty reduction. My Department is seeking to focus the efforts of all international development agencies on supporting the development and implementation of nationally owned and led poverty reduction strategies.

My Department also continues to work internationally to promote a more favourable environment for sustainable poverty reduction in developing countries. At both the World Trade Organisation Conference in Doha and the UN Financing for Development Conference in Monterey, agreement was reached on the nature of the partnership between developed and developing countries. Developing countries have committed to actions on good governance and the creation of a domestic enabling environment. Developed countries have committed to support these efforts with action on aid volume, aid effectiveness, building capacity, investment and competition. We are contributing to preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August to help ensure better understanding of the links between poverty reduction and globalisation, and more effective management of environmental resources.




Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 982W, if he will publish an itemised list of his engagements since 8 October 2001. [49887]

Mr. Byers [holding answer 15 April 2002]: In addition to meetings relating to departmental, Cabinet and Cabinet Committee and parliamentary business, I have undertaken the following engagements:

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