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Agriculture Development Scheme Awards

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: As my right honourable friend the Minister announced on 2 February, 47 awards of grant totalling £2 million have been made under the Agriculture Development Scheme 1999. A list of the successful projects is given below. The size of individual awards is commercially confidential but they range in value from £5,500 to £100,000.

Each application was assessed against the following criteria: the abilities of the proponents to deliver the project, and their financial viability; the requirement

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for grant to progress the project; the economic difficulty being experienced by the sector targeted, the proportion of primary producers within the sector likely to benefit from the project and the duration of that benefit; the likely benefit to the agri-food economy as a whole; the relevance of the project to the issues facing the sector; value for money; the quality and credibility of the application; and the quality of proposals for disseminating the results of the project to relevant interests.

SectorLead organisationProject title
PigsAssured British MeatNational assurance database information and administration system (pigs module)
PigsAssured British MeatABM Assured British Pigs Scheme data merger
PigsBOCM Pauls LtdMaximising pig carcass value
Pigs/organicEastbrook Farm Organic Meats LtdGrowing the organic pigmeat market from a UK production base
PigsFood Trak plcTraceability in the pig meat supply chain
PigsJSR Farms LtdIntegrated pig meat supply initiative
Pigs Ladies In PigsA catering colleges initiative to secure the future for British pigmeat in catering
PigsMeat & Livestock CommissionProject 2: improving supply chain communications
PigsNational Pig AssociationA risk management initiative for the UK pig industry
PigsUnited Pig MarketingA shared IT and information system for UPM and its supply chain partners
PigsUniversity of AberdeenA training package for the British pig industry using multi-media technology
BeefGlendale Beef ProducersGlendale Beef Producers initiative
Beef/dairyWarwickshire Quality CalvesImproving the value of beef calves from the dairy herd
DairyNational Milk Records plcProposal for a south-west dairy information network
Dairy/organicOrganic Milk Suppliers Co-operativeDesign and initial implementation of a novel technology transfer and quality management system on organic dairy farms
Dairy/specialityBusiness Link Bradford & DistrictFeasibility study into potential for a yoghurt production facility for the Asian community
EggsBritish Free Range Egg Producers AssociationBritish Free Range Egg Marketing Company Ltd
SheepBritish Sheep Dairying AssociationImplementation of structural development of the sheep dairy sector
Sheep/specialityBusiness Link Bradford & DistrictNew routes to new markets--investigation into ways of making better use of sheepmeat products to the benefit of producers
Wild boarThe British Wild Boar AssociationTo improve collaborative marketing activity between primary and secondary producers of British farmed wild boar
Livestock generalAssured British MeatMultiple retail caterers--food safety assurance module
Livestock generalAssured British MeatAssurance chain--focus farms
Livestock general/regional/ specialityAssured British MeatAssurance and food heritage
Livestock generalFarmway LtdMarketing co-operatively produced branded port, beef and lamb through "Farmway" co-operative stores: a feasibility study
Livestock generalHarper Adams University CollegeBuilding regional enterprise and agricultural competitiveness through IT (Breakthrough-IT)
Livestock generalMeadow Valley Livestock LtdImproving farmers' efficiency and returns by directing them to market led, added value marketing schemes
Livestock generalSouth East Primestock Producers (SEPP) LtdA plan for regional growth and farmer
Livestock general/organic/ specialityHumane Slaughter AssociationMobile slaughter unit 2000
Nursery stockHorticultural Trades AssociationA project to influence structural change in the landscape supply chain to build value in the soft landscape market
Nursery stockHorticultral Trades AssociationA project to extend the HTA nursery certification scheme to include the inspection and supply of local provenance
Nursery stockHorticultural Trades AssociationA project to develop a greater understanding of the supply chain within the nurserystock sector
OnionsBritish Onion Producers OrganisationSector analysis of the onion market
PotatoesHereward GrowersCollaborative marketing initiative
Soft fruitAdvanced Marketing Services LtdSoft fruit development for category management
Soft fruitThe Berryworld Producers' Organisation LtdDevelopment of an integrated traceability system for the soft fruit industry
TomatoesTomato Growers AssociationInvestigation into the development of an intergrated quality management system for the British tomato industry
Top fruitFruition Group LtdRationalisation: the basis of a full category player
Horticulture generalCheckmate InternationalBenchmarking services for the EUREP GAP framework
Horticulture generalInstitute of Grocery DistributionBenchmarking the industry
Combinable cropsSamuel Rose LtdPromoting vertical integration through farmer collaboration in agricultural supply chains
Combinable cropsUnited Grain Producers"The Marlborough Group" (working together to improve farm incomes)
Farmers' marketsNational Association of Farmers MarketsTogether to market
Direct sellingFarm Retail AssociationRed and Green box scheme feasibility study
ViticultureThe Magpie ConsultancyFormation of a collaborative marketing company owned by producers and devoted to the marketing development of the wines and vineyards of England
TroutLongford EstateCo-ordinated approach to trout marketing
General Plunkett FoundationIncreasing competitiveness in the farmer controlled business sector through the use of best practice benchmarking
GeneralLantraIncreasing the competitiveness of the land based sector

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Senior Salaries Review Body Report

Baroness Crawley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries and what are its main recommendations.[HL1072]

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The 2000 report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries, which makes recommendations about the pay of the senior civil service, senior military personnel and the judiciary, together with the annual uprating of parliamentary salaries, is being published today. Copies are available from the Vote Office.

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The main recommendations of the Review Body are:

    an increase from 1 April 2000 of 2.9 per cent in the minimum and maximum values of each of the pay bands for the senior civil service. Within the bands, departments and agencies will determine individual awards on the basis of performance. A further 0.4 per cent of the total senior civil service paybill should be made available to fund additional performance awards for the most senior staff, whose pay has fallen well behind comparable remuneration elsewhere. Promotion to and within the senior civil service should be recognised by a move to a higher pay band and an increase of not less than 10 per cent;

    an increase from 1 April 2000 of 3.3 per cent in judicial salaries, with additional increases for

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    seven senior members of the judiciary as a result of changes in the salary structure at those levels in recognition of their increasing responsibility for judicial leadership and the supervision of the judicial system.

    An increase from 1 April 2000 of 3.3 per cent in the maxima of the pay ranges within which individual salaries are set for senior military personnel.

The Government have decided to accept these recommendations. Their cost will be met within existing departmental expenditure limits.

Pay increases for Members of Parliament and Ministers are linked automatically to the increase in pay bands for the senior civil service. Their pay entitlements will therefore increase from 1 April 2000 by 2.9 per cent.

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