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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the functions, engagements and events which Ministers, her officials and advisers have attended which have been sponsored, funded, promoted and hosted by the City of London Corporation since 1997. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list non- governmental organisations operating in the south-west region that receive public funds from her Department; and what amount of annual funding they received in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Morley: Records specifying the operational location of non-governmental organisations whose activities are supported by the Department are not held centrally. Constructing such information for the south-west region would involve disproportionate cost.
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how often the Department has applied the special urgency provisions in paragraph 22 of Circular 18/84 (Development by Government Departments) to a development by the Department; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Morley: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was only created in June 2001. This reply, therefore, covers the period from that date. This Department has never applied the special urgency provisions of Circular 18/84. This Department makes every effort to follow the usual local authority planning procedures when contemplating land or building developments. The special urgency provisions of Circular 18/84 would be invoked only as a last resort in the most urgent of cases.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the job advertisements placed by her Department in the last 12 months specifying where the advertisements were placed and the cost in each case. 
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to recommend that Britain ratify the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; and when ratification will take place. 
Margaret Beckett: Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety by the United Kingdom is partly dependent on legislative action at the European Community level. The European Commission has recently issued proposals for such legislation. The UK will press for early progress in negotiations on these proposals, so that we may be in a position to ratify the Protocol before the end of this year.
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Mr. Meacher [holding answer 5 March 2002]: This information is not held by the Department. We do not keep records of land ownership alongside waterways, and the information is not readily availablesome information might be held by navigation authorities but to obtain a complete picture it would be necessary to carry out land searches for up to 5,000 km of waterway.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the average (a) farmgate and (b) final consumer price of (i) beef, (ii) lamb, (iii) milk, (iv) cereal, (v) fruit and (vi) vegetable products in the United Kingdom in each year since 1990. 
Mr. Morley: The following table shows estimated average prices paid by consumers for selected foods and the nearest equivalent average UK farmgate prices. The consumer prices reflect the price of imported foods as well as home-grown produce. They also reflect costs, value added and profit margins upstream from the farmgate.
All foods as purchased by consumers will differ to some extent from the ex-farm commodity. Milling wheat will be milled, mixed with other ingredients and further processed to produce bread; meat as retailed will have been de-boned, cut, trimmed of most fat and packaged; raw milk will be treated and fruit and vegetables will be graded and cleaned. These additional processes affect the validity of a direct comparison between the consumer and farmgate prices.
|Food (home-grown and imported) and Commodities (home-grown)||1990||1991||1992||1993||1994||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000|
|Beef and veal||432||448||445||476||476||488||485||497||487||491||483|
|Finished cattle (dcw)(19)||190||191||196||229||218||220||189||173||154||165||160|
|Lamb and mutton||349||343||378||410||419||415||441||473||429||450||469|
|Finished sheep (dcw)(19),(20)||175||148||182||219||237||236||283||239||193||180||196|
|Liquid milk (pence per litre)||52||54||55||55||53||53||52||51||50||49||48|
|Raw milk (pence per litre)(21)||18||20||21||22||22||25||25||22||19||18||17|
(19) Estimated price, dressed carcase weight equivalent.
(20) Excludes Northern Ireland.
(21) Including bonus payments.
(22) Crop year prices.
1. Consumer prices are for Great Britain based upon expenditure and purchased volumes of home-grown and imported foods.
2. Prices in italics are farmgate prices for UK produce.
1. National Food Survey annual reports.
2. Agriculture in the United kingdom 2000.
3. Basic Horticultural Statistics for the UK.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years. 
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Agriculture, Fisheries and Food only. The cost of overnight accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years is indicated in the table.
Please note our system records the overall cost of overnight stays, which will include bed and breakfast establishments as well as hotels, and some other costs (e.g. breakfast) specifically associated with stays away from home.
|Account description||199899(23)||19992000(23)||200001(23)||April 2001 year to date|
|UK night subsistence||1,178,360.93||1,167,163.29||2,088,876.19||20,703,332.13|
|Subsistence EC institution meeting||284,533.74||477,239.79||6,712.70||200,462.52|
|Subsistence other overseas visits||196,928.80||305,247.24||220,586.51||83,582.82|
(23) April to March
The rise in expenditure for 2001-year to date is a result of the costs incurred in respect of foot and mouth.
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