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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she received (a) the report of the Rural Task Force and (b) Lord Haskins' report on rural recovery after foot and mouth disease. 
Margaret Beckett: I saw the report of the Rural Task Force which was chaired by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Rural Affairs on 15 October immediately after the report had been completed. My noble Friend, the Lord Haskins, sent me a near-final draft of his report on 2 October, but he made some subsequent amendments; the report as printed was also completed on 15 October. The earliest mutually acceptable date for publication was 18 October.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been taken to improve bio-security at ports to ensure that foot and mouth disease cannot enter the UK. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 15 March 2002]: Since April last year initiatives on illegal imports have been co-ordinated by officials in DEFRA, working closely with other Departments such as HM Customs and Excise and Food Standards Agency, as well as the local authorities and port health authorities who are responsible for controls at ports and airports. This joint approach had led to more effective information sharing and improved targeting of activity at ports and airports.
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Responsibility for checks on imports of meat and meat products (which might be coming from countries with FMD) are the responsibility of the local or port health authority and it is for the appropriate local authority to deploy staff according to the volume and nature of products imported.
Mrs. Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the size of the national (a) dairy herd, (b) beef herd, (c) pig breeding herd, (d) fattening pig herd, (e) sheep flock and (f) lamb flock under one year old for the year ending 2001; and what the figures were for 2000. 
Mr. Morley: The December 2001 Survey of Agriculture Results for England were published on 7 March 2002 in Statistics News Release 11/02 and are available on the DEFRA website at www.defra.gov.uk. Estimates for the dairy and beef herd, the pig breeding and fattening herds and the sheep and lamb flocks are detailed in the table with comparable figures for 2000.
|Herd(7)||December 2000||December 2001||Percentage change(8) December 2001/ December 2000|
|Pig breeding herd||475||440||-7.4|
|Fattening pig herd||4,398||4,129||-6.1|
|Sheep breeding flock||8,188||6,698||-18.2|
|Lamb flock under 1 year(9)||3,790||3,241||-14.5|
(7) Includes estimates for minor holdings.
(8) Based on unrounded figures.
(9) Excludes ewe lambs already put to the lamb which are already included in the figures for the breeding flock.
Mr. Morley [holding answer 7 February 2002]: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State and the DEFRA ministerial team will be visiting a range of agricultural shows during 2002 and a programme of visits is being drawn up.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will implement regulations governing rights of vehicular access over common land and limiting the amount a common land freeholder can charge for access rights. 
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Alun Michael: The Government are currently considering the many responses made during the public consultation exercise on the regulations undertaken last year. We hope to be in a position to lay draft regulations for England before Parliament soon.
Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the draft Right of Access maps for the lower north-west and the south-east of England as they are completed. 
Alun Michael: Draft maps of open country and registered common land for land in the south-east and lower-north west mapping regions were issued by the Countryside Agency in November 2001, with a deadline for comments of 11 February 2002. The Agency will consider the representations which it has received about the draft maps before publishing provisional maps later this year. When the provisional maps are published, anyone with an interest in land may appeal to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State against its inclusion on a provisional map. When any appeals have been dealt with the Countryside Agency will issue a conclusive map. I have indicated that we will consider the case for bringing the right of access into force on a regional basis in the light of progress in the first two regions. I shall make an announcement soon.
Alun Michael: Rather than a Government advertising campaign, the "Your Countryside, You're Welcome" campaign was owned by some 50 organisations who worked as partners with DEFRA, DCMS, the Countryside Agency and the English Tourism Council. Over 100 other organisations were supportive or involved in a variety of ways. No costs can be ascribed to their time and effort, nor to the high level of activity at local and regional level around the country which has helped to re-engage urban and rural interest in a positive way.
This covered all fees and expenses incurred on the campaign including the launch event on 28 January, the public event in Leicester Square on 10 March, and the Daily Mirror promotion in the week commencing 11 March.
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better quality of life" (Cm 4345)defines it as "ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come".
Like other definitions of sustainable development, the Government's approach emphasises the need to try to reconcile economic, social and environmental objectives and look for the best alternative that achieves this.
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 92627W, on stolen equipment, whether the computer equipment stolen from her Department was (a) new and unused and (b) used; and what was the nature of the data stored on such items in each case. 
Mr. Morley: Further to the details I gave the right hon. Member on 23 January 2002, the Department's records show details of the following items of stolen computer equipment that were either new and unused or used.
|1 August||2||PC||New and unused|
|11 August||1||Laptop||New and unused|
|9 September||1||PC||New and unused|
|1 February||1||Laptop, zip and mouse||Used|
|23 February||2||Central processing units||Used|
|26 March||2||PCs, 8 copies of software and 2 ethernet cards||Used|
|19 April||1||Psion organiser||Used|
|18 August||1||Laptop||New and unused|
|28 October||1||PC and printer||Used|
|13 February||1||PC and printer||Used|
|27 February||1||Laptop and floppy disk drive||Used|
|21 March||1||Psion organiser||New and unused|
|28 March||1||Psion 5 MX||Used|
|05 April||1||Laptop and mobile printer||Used|
|16 May||29||Processors (microchips) and 1 Laptop||Used|
|26 May||1||Laptop, Printer and Accessories||Used|
|7 July||3||2 PCs and 1 laptop||Used|
|19 July||4||Processors (microchips)||Used|
|20 July||1||PC and modem||Used|
|2 August||1||Laptop, 1 printer and 1 printer lead||Used|
|17 August||1||Processor (microchips)||Used|
|11 September||1||Laptop, mouse and connections||Used|
|12 October||1||Modem card||Used|
|20 November||1||Laptop, 1 floppy disc and CD drive||Used|
|29 November||3||Processors (microchips)||Used|
|12 February||2||Laptops||New and unused|
|12 March||2||PC and printer||Used|
|9 May||2||DIM chips||New and unused|
|2 August||1||Chips (microchips)||Used|
|16 August||1||Laptop plus 1 modem and carry case||Used|
|21 November||1||Laptop and 1 Projector||Used|
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