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Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has published research into the impact of canoeing on (a) fish and (b) the environment; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Morley: The Environment Agency published an R&D report in 2000 on 'The Effects of Canoeing on Fish Stock and Angling'. The research was commissioned to assess the extent to which canoeing affects fish populations and the extent to which canoeing can conflict with angling.
The general conclusion from this study was that canoeing is not harmful to fish populations. The main area of conflict between anglers and canoeists centres around the actual or perceived disturbance of angling. Neither this
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has of the (a) value and (b) destination of EU grants for (i) new fishing vessels and (ii) decommissioning of fishing vessels in each year since 1997. 
There have been decommissioning schemes in 1997 and 200102. The 1997 scheme was a UK-wide programme. 104 vessels were decommissioned at a cost of £13.9 million. For 200102 separate schemes are in place in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The English scheme is complete but approvals continue in the other schemes. Estimates of the results of the schemes are as follows:
|Number of vessels||Cost £ million|
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on anti-competitive practices in the purchasing of horticultural produce by supermarkets. 
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officials since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded. 
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The Government's Code of Practice on Written Consultation places an emphasis on making formal national public consultation documents widely available and not restricting them to specific groups or individuals. Consequently there is no requirement in the code to measure the percentage of those specifically consulted who responded. In the case of the HMSO consultation on Licensing of Crown Copyright, for which records were kept on the number specifically consulted, the figure was 17.9 per cent.
The Cabinet Office's Performance and Innovation Unit published 'Privacy and Data-Sharing: the Way Forward for Public Services' on 11 April 2002. The report included three recommendations that were raised for consultation. The consultation exercise is being managed by the Lord Chancellor's Department. As the consultation period ends on 12 July no figures are currently held on total numbers of responses.
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002, the expert adviser for the Lord Chancellor's Department has accompanied a Minister overseas once. On that occasion the Lord Chancellor, a senior departmental official, the expert adviser, and a private secretary went to Brussels on official business.
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The total cost of the visit for the whole party was £1,670.00. All travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code, and the Civil Service Management Code.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded. 
|Title||Month||Number of respondents|
|Report of the Review Group on the Royal Peculiars||July 2001||47|
|Administrative CourtProposed Changes To Primary Legislation Following Sir Jeffrey Bowman's Review Of The Crown Office List||July 2001||37|
|Towards Effective Enforcementa single piece of bailiff law and a regulatory structure||July 2001||84|
|Payments into Court in Satisfaction of a Claim||August 2001||48|
|Report of the Review of Tribunals by Sir Andrew Leggatt||August 2001||360|
|General Pre-action Protocol||November 2001||107|
Information on the percentage of those specifically consulted who responded is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Other consultations are still in progress.
Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement about Government policy on the acquisition of additional Public Record Office storage space to facilitate the transfer of the (a) 1921, (b) 1951, (c) 1961 and (d) 1971 census records from the Registrar-General's Department to the Public Record Office. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 10 June 2002 . There is no Government policy to acquire additional storage space for the PRO to facilitate the transfer of these records from the Office for National Statistics. The PRO's storage capacity will be reviewed before the transfer of such records as the year of their availability to the public approaches.
Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the provisional timetable is for the transfer of the (a) 1921, (b) 1951, (c) 1961 and (d) 1971 decennial population census records for England and Wales to the Public Record Office. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Records of the decennial population census are closed for 100 years under Lord Chancellor's Instrument number 12. The records of the population census of (a) 1921, (b) 1951, (c) 1961 and (d) 1971 are currently retained by the Office of National Statistics with the approval of the Lord Chancellor under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958 (as amended). A timetable for their transfer to the PRO will be agreed as the end of their closure period approaches.
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