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.

208886 - Bovine Tuberculosis: South West (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of badgers in Somerset and Gloucester for the second year of the culls; and when those estimates were made.

George Eustice

208883 - Bovine Tuberculosis: South West (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the time period for the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset will be extended if the minimum number of badgers is not killed.

George Eustice

Any decision on whether or not to extend either cull beyond six weeks would be taken by Natural England as the licensing authority.

209380 - Bovine Tuberculosis (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the best practice guidelines for shooting badgers made between 2013 and August 2014 on public safety.

George Eustice

210010 - Occupied Territories (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2014 to Question 208803, what further representations he has made to the Israeli government on the expropriation of land near Bethlehem since 7 September 2014.

Mr Tobias Ellwood

During my visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories between 5-8 October, I discussed my strong concerns about the issue of settlements and land expopriation with the Israeli Justice Minister on 6 October.

210013 - Israel (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU-Israel Association Agreement on the degree to which human rights are respected in Israel.

Mr Tobias Ellwood

209946 - Stamp Duty Land Tax (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of property transactions have been liable for stamp duty land tax between each of the stamp duty thresholds in each year since 2005-06; and what estimate he has made of such figures in each of the next five years.

Mr David Gauke

In 2013-14 SDRT receipts were £9,273m. In the March 2013 Economic and fiscal outlook OBR report SDRT receipts for 2013-14 were forecast to be £9,500m. The full report is available at this link:

209944 - Stamp Duty Land Tax (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of tax revenue received from stamp duty land tax in 2013-14 and the figures projected in this area by the OBR in March 2014.

Mr David Gauke

In 2013-14 SDRT receipts were £9,273m. In the March 2013 Economic and fiscal outlook OBR report SDRT receipts for 2013-14 were forecast to be £9,500m. The full report is available at this link:

210339 - Stamp Duty Land Tax (Answered)

Mrs Anne Main
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has undertaken or commissioned into the effects of changes in the level of Stamp Duty Land Tax on the number of property transactions completed between 2005-06 and 2013-14.

Mr David Gauke

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