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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 11 June 2002

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Foot and Mouth

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the number of farm businesses in receipt of compensation during the foot and mouth epidemic which have since (a) been sold and (b) ceased to trade as farms. [54341]

Margaret Beckett [holding answer 7 May 2002]: No formal assessment has been made of the number of farm businesses in receipt of compensation during the foot and mouth epidemic which have since (a) been sold and (b) ceased to trade. However, an informal survey conducted by the Department in February 2002 suggested that 6 per cent. of farmers whose animals had been infected with foot and mouth disease intend to move out of farming.

Committee Mandates

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the EU Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of the directives on waste is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; when it is next due to meet; what the UK representation on it is; whether any experts nominated by the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement. [60390]

Mr. Meacher: The Committee's mandate is determined by Articles 17 and 18 of the Waste Framework Directive, Article 9 of the Hazardous Waste Directive and Article 11 of the End-Of-Life Vehicles Directive. In summary, its mandate is to assist the European Commission to adapt aspects of those Directives in the light of scientific and technical progress.

The Committee met on 6 July 2001, 30 January 2002 and 22 May 2002. The UK's representation is determined by the agenda for each meeting but the basic representation is usually two officials.

The Scottish Executive have not nominated any experts to attend the Committee's meetings. However, my officials work closely with the Scottish Executive on waste management issues, including those dealt with by the Committee.

Waste Management

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigations she has made into alternative ways of disposing of unwanted (a) hazardous and (b) non- hazardous items; and if she will make a statement. [60100]

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Mr. Meacher [holding answer 10 June 2002]: The EU Landfill Directive bans the landfilling of:


Some of the wastes banned from landfill are not generally landfilled at present. For those that are, research for the Department concluded that there were sufficient alternative disposal systems (in use or planned) to cope with the large volume of organic process waste streams requiring diversion from landfill. Examples given included:


The report suggested additional facilities might be required for oily wastes, contaminated soils, and inorganic chemical wastes.

The Government are also working in partnership with the tyre industry through the Used Tyre Working Group (UTWG) investigating alternative disposal, recycling and recovery options for those tyres displaced from landfill with the aim of ensuring that sufficient capacity is available to handle those tyres displaced from landfill.

Correspondence

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 11 September 2001 from the hon. Member for Torbay on behalf of Mr. Moore of Paignton. [58921]

Mr. Morley: A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 12 November 2001.

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 28 November 2001 from the hon. Member for Torbay on behalf of Mr. Jones of Torquay. [58924]

Mr. Morley: The hon. Member's letter was transferred to the Department for Trade and Industry as the issues it raised are the responsibility of that Department. My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Energy and Industry (Mr. Wilson) replied on 12 March 2002.

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Farm Subsidies

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to rationalise the main funding schemes in the uplands to provide a simplified system of support for farmers in these areas. [59705]

Mr. Morley: The Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food recommended that the long-term aim for less favoured area support should be an integrated tiered payment scheme reflecting environmental and social benefits, actual cost of landscape, wildlife and access maintenance and the economic difficulties of traditional hill farming. The Government will take full account of this recommendation in reviewing the hill farm allowance and the current agri-environment schemes. In addition, plans are being drawn up for a small farmers scheme which will provide a simplified claims procedure for small farmers in the uplands and lowlands.

Fishing Industry

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the

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(a) value of and (b) number of jobs in the UK inshore fishing industry in each year since 1997. [60158]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 10 June 2002]: Accurate estimates of the value of jobs in the inshore fishing industry are not available. Vessels under 10 metres in length comprise most of the UK inshore fleet, and Table 1 shows the value of landings made by these vessels for 1997 to 2001. The available data on jobs in the fishing industry cover only numbers of fishermen working on vessels. The information is given in Table 2; information for vessels under 10 metres is available only for England and Wales.

Table 1: Value of landings by the under-10m fleet, 1997–2001

YearValue (£ million)
199760.0
199869.1
199956.0
200048.2
200150.1

Source:

Fisheries Departments in the UK


Table 2: Number of fishermen 1997–2000

YearEngland and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland United Kingdom
199710m and under5,129n/an/an/a
Over 10m4,300n/an/an/a
All vessels9,4298,19498118,604
199810m and under5,045n/an/an/a
Over 10m4,066n/an/an/a
All vessels9,1117,7711,00717,889
199910m and under4,100n/an/an/a
Over 10m3,596n/an/an/a
All vessels7,6967,33093515,961
200010m and under4,185n/an/an/a
Over 10m3,121n/an/an/a
All vessels7,3066,09268614,084

Source:

Fisheries Departments in the UK


Regional Organisation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regional organisation her Department has; and if she will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. [58934]

Mr. Morley: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was created in June 2001 from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and parts of the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Home Office.

In relation to MAFF in 1997 there were nine regional service centres carrying out work for the Ministry. There were also three regional areas for the State Veterinary Service, and offices in Scotland and Wales. The counties for each of these offices are laid out in the table. The unitary authorities are not included in this table due to the disproportionate cost of providing such information in the requested form.

On 1 April 2001 the regional service centres were dissolved and the Rural Development Service was established with eight regional offices to take forward the England Rural Development Programme. Since the creation of DEFRA in June 2001, the Government offices have also carried out work for my Department.

The details of the counties and unitary authorities for the regional offices of the Rural Development Service, the State Veterinary Service and the Government offices in 2002 are set out in the second table.

1997 MAFF regional structure

MAFF regional service centres/countiesState Veterinary Service
South West
Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of ScillyWest(1)
Wessex (Bristol)
Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire
South Mercia (Worcester)
Hereford and Worcester
Gloucestershire
West MidlandsEast
Warwickshire
South East (Reading)
Greater London, Kent,
East and West Sussex,
Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire,
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Anglia (Cambridge)(East)
Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire,
Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex
and Bedfordshire
East Midlands (Nottingham)
Leicestershire
Northamptonshire
Lincolnshire,North
Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire
North Mercia (Crewe)
Greater Manchester, Cheshire,
Staffordshire, Shropshire (see footnote 1)(North)
and Merseyside
North East (Northallerton)
North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire,
South Yorkshire and Durham
Northern (Carlisle)
Lancashire, Cumbria,
Northumberland and
Tyne and Wear
Wales
Scotland

(1) Includes Shropshire


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2002 DEFRA regional structure

RDS/GO regionsCountiesUnitary authoritiesSVS regions
South WestCornwall, and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, GloucestershirePlymouth, Torbay, Poole, Bournemouth, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, SwindonWest
West MidlandsShropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire—see footnote 1Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Stoke-on-Trent—see footnote 1. The metropolitan authorities in the West Midlands
East—East of EnglandNorfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, CambridgeshirePeterborough, Luton, Southend-on-Sea, ThurrockEast
South EastOxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, West Sussex, East SussexIsle of Wight, Milton Keynes, Brighton and Hove, Medway, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham
LondonGreater London
East MidlandsLeicestershire, Northamptonshire,Leicester, Rutland
Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, NottinghamshireDerby, NottinghamNorth(2)
North EastNorthumberland, DurhamDarlington, Hartlepool, Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland. The Metropolitan authorities in Tyne and Wear
North WestCumbria, Lancashire, CheshireBlackpool, Blackburn with Darwen, Warrington, Halton. The Metropolitan authorities in Merseyside and in Greater Manchester
Yorkshire and HumberNorth YorkshireYork, East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston Upon Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire. The Metropolitan authorities in South Yorkshire and in West YorkshireNorth
Wales
Scotland

(2) Includes Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent



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