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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The study has concluded that there is still a need for the controls provided by the Data Protection Act 1984, and that these should continue to be performed by the Data Protection Registrar as an independent public body. We are placing a copy of the report of the study in the Library.
Baroness Blatch: The latest available figures on persons on remand are published in table 8.10 of the 1994 issue of Criminal Statistics, England and Wales (Cm 3010). The figures quoted in the table should be taken as broad estimates only due to the data quality problems. Figures for men and women are shown separately in table 2.6 of the 1994 issue of Prison Statistics, England and Wales, which will be published on Friday 9 February 1996, when a copy will be placed in the Library.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The A.13 between Benfleet and Southend is not part of the trunk road network but is categorised as a local road and is therefore the responsibility of Essex County Council as the local highway authority. Any measures to improve this section of the A.13 are a matter for the county council. The county council included the section as part of the "South-East Essex Package" bid in their transport policies and programme submission for 1996/97. The Government were able to accept this package for some £700,000 of funding in the 1996/97 local transport settlement.
Network enhancement projects to improve road safety on the A.127 are planned at Bonvilles Farm and Rayleigh Downs Road and will be taken forward when funds become available. In addition, a privately funded westbound on-slip road safety scheme is proposed at Rayleigh Weir.
It was announced last November that a scheme to widen the A.127 between the M.25 and Rayleigh Weir had been withdrawn from the trunk road programme because of the high level of opposition to the proposals. As a consequence of this, the Highways Agency will be looking to see what other minor improvements may be practical, particularly at the substandard junctions and accesses.
The Fortune of War roundabout has recently been removed on an experimental basis which has improved traffic flow. The situation there is being monitored before a decision is made on whether to make the change permanent.
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Lord Lucas: The Government only holds comprehensive information on pesticide usage for the period 1974 to 1994 and only for agricultural uses. The Government cannot therefore comment on usage levels in 1950. The agricultural uses of organochlorine, organophosphate and carbamate herbicides, fungicides and other agricultural pesticides in the United Kingdom for 1974 and 1994 were:
|fungicides||Less than 0.01 tonnes||0.40 tonnes|
|other agricultural pesticides||255.01 tonnes||81.24 tonnes|
|Total||255.01 tonnes||86.40 tonnes|
|other agricultural pesticides||349.93 tonnes||666.14 tonnes|
|Total||349.93 tonnes||699.05 tonnes|
|herbicides||463.00 tonnes||223.64 tonnes|
|other agricultural pesticides||66.53 tonnes||258.33 tonnes|
|Total||529.53 tonnes||520.37 tonnes|
ADAS specialists carry out surveys of specific crops from time to time. Extrapolating from this information and using their experience and expertise, they estimate that present crop losses attributable to diseases, insects and weeds are in the region of 15 to 20 per cent. At this distance in time, no meaningful estimate can be made of crop losses in 1950.
Lord Lucas: Eleven indigenous species of insect pests and 11 indigenous species of weeds are currently recorded as having developed resistance to at least one pesticide. No species are recorded as having developed resistance to all widely used pesticides and herbicides.
|Total CAP expenditure (EAGGF Guarantee)||% UK contribution to total EC budget as a whole(1)|
FEOGA Annual Financial Reports.
Annual Reports of the European Court of Auditors.
(1) The UK contributes to the EC budget as a whole, and not parts of it. These percentages represent the UK's gross contribution to the EC budget, net of the Fontainebleau abatement.
(2) Million units of account.
(3) Million European units of account.
(4) Million European currency units.