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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Ministers in his Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what the length was of each visit. 
Barry Gardiner: The Government publish an annual list of Cabinet Ministers' travel overseas costing over £500 along with the total cost of all ministerial travel. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006 and is available in the Library of the House. Information for 2006-07 will be published as soon as it is ready.
All hospitality expenditure incurred by the Department is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety that is based on principles set out in Government Accounting.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's Research and Development budget has been stable over this comprehensive spending review period at £146 million per annum. The sum in future is unknown, but it is our hope and expectation that this level of funding will be maintained through the comprehensive spending review 2007 period.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. 
Barry Gardiner: The figures for this information relate to core DEFRA and the following agencies: the Pesticides Safety Directorate, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and Animal Health.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to implement the EU Environmental Liability Directive; whether he anticipates obstacles to its transposition; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The Government completed the first of two public consultations (on policy options for transposing) at the end of February. Following analysis of consultation responses, the way forward is currently being considered. The second consultation (on draft legislation) is planned to take place later in the year. The Government wish to implement the Directive as soon as possible, and do not anticipate obstacles to the transposition. However, they also want to ensure optimum stakeholder engagement. Taking account of all the required processes, implementation is expected during spring 2008.
Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was allocated to sea and flood defence projects in (a) Great Yarmouth and (b) the East Anglian coastline in each of the last five years. 
Ian Pearson: Since 2003, the Environment Agency has spent over £143 million on flood risk management in East Anglia (Eastern Regional Flood Defence Committee Region which encompasses Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex).
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Barry Gardiner: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has overall policy lead on labelling and has prepared guidance on country of origin labelling. Under general labelling rules, country of origin is required only where purchasers might otherwise be misled. However, there are specific requirements for origin information within the following food groups under European legislation:
Beef and veal
Poultry meat from third countries
Fish and shellfish (whether pre-packed or loose)
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many locks, lock gates, sluices and other pieces of machinery on the waterways were inoperable for more than 24 hours in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how many have been inoperable in 2007. 
Barry Gardiner [holding answer 3 May 2007]: This information is not collected centrally. British Waterways is responsible for maintaining more than 11,000 Principal Assets (including weirs and lock chambers) and 12,000 non principal assets (such as small weirs, small culverts) across its waterways network.
While it has a well developed asset management programme, recording the condition of individual structures and the planned maintenance for them,
some assets on the 200-year-old system do fail unexpectedly. In these cases, British Waterways takes a risk-based approach to prioritising repairs. Other factors may also be taken into account, such as the need for specialist plant and machinery to be brought to a remote site, or permission from third parties for access.
Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles of canal and inland waterways will not be dredged in the 2007-08 financial year which were previously planned to be dredged. 
Barry Gardiner [holding answer 3 May 2007]: The three DEFRA-sponsored navigation authorities (British Waterways, the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority) are not making any cuts to their dredging programmes for 2007-8. In fact, there may be more dredging carried out than planned. For example, the Broads Authority has put in place an enhanced dredging programme.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities, (b) the Environment Agency, (c) the Health and Safety Executive and (d) the waste industry regarding the safe disposal of energy efficient light bulbs; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 24 April 2007]: From 1 July this year, energy efficient light bulbs that are separately collected will need to be disposed of in accordance with the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006. The regulations require producers to finance the collection, treatment and recycling of WEEE, including energy efficient light bulbs.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average (a) dairy herd and (b) beef herd size was in (i) the UK, (ii) England and Wales and (iii) each county in each year since 1997. 
Barry Gardiner: The following tables show the average size of dairy and beef herds in England by county for 2002 to 2006. These are the figures which are most readily available. Figures for Wales fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authority.
|(a) Average dairy herd size in England by county|
|Average dairy cows per herd|
|(1) Suppressed to prevent disclosure of information about individual holdings. Data for 2002, 2003 and 2005 are complied from a large published datasets; these are treated each year to ensure confidentiality across every geographical level from country to ward hence the differing pattern of suppression in those years.|
1. Dairy/beef cows are any cows or heifers that have calved including cull cows. Dairy and beef herd replacements are not included nor are cattle intended for slaughter.
2. Some holdings may have both dairy and beef cows and will therefore be included in the holding counts of both categories.
3. Estimates have been made for holdings not responding or not selected for the survey.
June Agricultural Survey
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