199445 - Hospitals: Waiting Lists (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current average waiting time is for elective surgery in (a) St Albans constituency, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England.

Jane Ellison

The information is shown in the following table.

Average (median) waiting time in weeks from referral to admission to hospital for consultant-led elective treatment, March 2014

Area

National Health Service organisation

Number of weeks

206472 - Fly-tipping (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of dealing with animals involved in fly-tipping.

Dan Rogerson

We have made no such estimate.

206461 - Bovine Tuberculosis (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she will assess more than six species of wildlife as potential carriers of bovine TB and in relation to tackling that disease.

George Eustice

206439 - Bovine Tuberculosis (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK's obligations are in respect of badger culling under the Bern Convention.

George Eustice

206440 - Biodiversity (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the UK missing the biodiversity targets in 2010; and what assessment she has made of the likelihood of the 2020 biodiversity target being met.

George Eustice

206519 - Bovine Tuberculosis (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether future badger culls will be independently monitored.

George Eustice

206470 - Fly-grazing (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount spent by her Department on tackling fly-grazing.

George Eustice


No such estimate has been made. Defra encourages local authorities to use a coordinated approach with the police, landowners, farmers and animal welfare charities to identify owners of fly-grazing horses and to use the available legislation to tackle the issue.

206471 - Roads: Horses (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the (a) emergency services and (b) NHS of dealing with injuries arising from wild horses on road in the latest period for which figures are available.

Dr Daniel Poulter

This information is not held centrally and no estimate has been made.

208881 - Bovine Tuberculosis: South West (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which statutory authority has responsibility for ensuring public safety during the badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

George Eustice

All those involved in carrying out this year’s culls have a responsibility for ensuring that the operation is carried out safely. Safety requirements for contractors are set out in the Best Practice Guidance at

208885 - Bovine Tuberculosis (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that the second year of the cull will achieve the aims of Government policy on bovine TB.

George Eustice

Ahead of the second year of culling, we have made a number of improvements, including improved training and equipment for all contractors as well as updated best practice guidance to ensure that the second year of the culls is as effective as possible.

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