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Margaret Beckett: A new Local/Port Health Authority team to undertake additional checks for illegal imports, funded by Defra, is due to start work at Heathrow on 12 November. The detector dog pilot started at Heathrow on 16 September.
Mr. Liddington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims for payment under (a) the beef special premium scheme 2001 and (b) the suckler cow premium scheme 2001 have been refused by the Rural Payments Agency; if she will publish an analysis of the reasons for such refusals; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Beckett: (a) 3544 claims for payment under the beef special premium scheme 2001 have been refused entirely, 7203 claims for payment have been partly refused for payment under the beef special premium scheme 2001.
(b) 851 claims for payment under the suckler cow premium scheme 2001 have been refused entirely, 7659 claims for payment have been partly refused for payment under the suckler cow premium scheme 2001.
The above claims contain animals whose eligibility could not be established under the Commission Regulations, which govern the bovine schemes. The RPA regrets the delays and the impact on farmer's cash flow, but cannot ignore the discrepancies discovered through cross-checks, or indeed any other verification method employed by the Agency. Failure to act on the findings identified will result in significant disallowance.
The Commission have indicated that all cross-checks should be carried out prior to payment as they view these checks as a key control to the fund. If RPA were found to be making unsafe payments it would inevitably face disallowance.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates she has made of consumption of (a) dairy products and (b) milk in each nation of the UK in each of the last 10 years. 
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Mr. Morley: The table shows consumption of selected dairy products in households as recorded by the National Food Survey between 1991 and 2000. It excludes food eaten outside the home and dairy produce used in processed food, e.g. pizzas.
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|Dairy products consumed in liquid form (a)||Units: units as stated per person per week|
|Other milks and dairy desserts|
|Yoghurt and Fromage Frais|
National Food Survey
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals there were in each dairy herd in each nation of the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years. 
1. A dairy cow is defined as a cow or heifer in the dairy herd that has calved.
June Agricultural and Horticultural Census
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Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what milk yields were; what percentage milk represented of final agricultural product; and what average milk prices were,
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for each nation of the UK in each of the last 10 years. 
|England & Wales||5264||5275||5292||5515||5652||5841||5887||6046||6114||6509|
Data are quoted in milk quota years which runs from April to March.
Data for Wales are not available separately.
|1992 %||1993 %||1994 %||1995 %||1996 %||1997 %||1998 %||1999 %||2000 %||2001(p) %|
(a) The value of milk production as a proportion of the value of final agricultural output (gross output less transactions within the agricultural industry)
na not readily available
Prices are quoted after deduction of marketing expenses (transport costs) but not superlevy, and includes bonuses.
Data for England, Wales and Scotland are not available separately.
na not available
DARD, NI; Defra
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy farmers there were; and what the average dairy herd size was, in each nation of the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years. 
|Year||Farmers, Partners, Directors & Spouses on Holdings with Dairy any Cattle||Average Size of Dairy Herd|
Number of Farmers, Partners, Directors and Spouses (if working on the holding) and average dairy herd size on holdings where the main activity is classified as dairy farmingEngland 19912001:
|Year||Farmers, Partners, Directors & Spouses on Dairy Type Holdings||Average Size of Dairy Herd|
1. Refers to main holdings only.
2. A dairy cow is defined as a cow or heifer in the dairy herd that has calved.
June Agricultural and Horticultural Census
These are consolidated figures for the United Kingdom. The figures for Great Britain were derived from the computer system used to issue export health certificates. The figures for Northern Ireland were derived from the system which records movements of animals between Member States. All figures are subject to updating and amendment.
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