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star this property date less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Birds: Pest Control more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will establish an independent inquiry on the reasons his Department and Natural England decided on the proposal to revoke General Licences 04/05/06. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
star this property uin 248559 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
star this property answer text <p>The decision to revoke the licences was made by Natural England (NE) as the licensing authority, not the government. We have not yet decided on a review of the recent situation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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less than 2019-05-16T12:44:51.747Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T12:44:51.747Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
1123992
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star this property date less than 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Birds: Pest Control more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons general licences for controlling certain species of bird were revoked before the Government was legally required to do so. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Haltemprice and Howden more like this
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Mr David Davis more like this
star this property uin 249208 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
star this property answer text <p>I refer the Rt Hon. Gentleman to the letter sent from the Chairman of Natural England to the Secretary of State <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/general-licences-for-controlling-wild-birds-letter-from-natural-england-chair-to-environment-secretary" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/general-licences-for-controlling-wild-birds-letter-from-natural-england-chair-to-environment-secretary</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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less than 2019-05-15T13:44:50.55Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T13:44:50.55Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr David Davis more like this
1124409
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star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cattle have been tested positive for bovine tuberculosis and then following slaughter have been negative on post-mortem testing; and what progress has been made in producing an accurate test before cattle are slaughtered. more like this
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Baroness Golding more like this
star this property uin HL15458 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
star this property answer text <p>The early detection and removal of tuberculosis (TB)-infected cattle before they develop advanced pathology and/or clinical signs of the disease (and thus become highly infectious) is a key element of bovine TB eradication programmes, including England’s 25 Year Bovine TB Strategy. To that effect, we use ante-mortem tests that measure the animals’ immune response to infection with the bovine TB bacterium (<em>Mycobacterium bovis – M. bovis</em>), rather than rely on direct detection methods.</p><p> </p><p>The single intradermal comparative cervical tuberculin (SICCT) test, commonly known as the ‘skin test’, together with the interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), is the legal standard approved in the EU legislation for the diagnosis of TB in live cattle in the UK. As with cases of TB in humans, only a proportion of those animals infected with <em>M. bovis</em> and reacting to a tuberculin skin test or IGRA display gross lesions of TB when subjected to post-mortem meat inspection in the slaughterhouse.</p><p> </p><p>In 2017 (the last year for which an analysis of post-mortem findings is available), approximately 60% of the 32,000 cattle compulsorily removed for bovine TB control reasons in England as skin test reactors or IGRA positives did not have visible lesions of TB on post-mortem and were also negative for <em>M. bovis</em> on bacteriological culture (where performed).</p><p> </p><p>Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are constantly striving for new ways to maximise the effectiveness of TB testing of cattle to achieve the objectives of the Strategy. APHA may exceptionally authorise the private use of non-validated diagnostic tests for bovine TB in herds where the disease is persistent, in order to help detect additional infected animals that may have been missed by the approved official tests (rather than to negate a positive result to such tests). A policy position paper on non-validated diagnostics for TB in cattle is now available on the APHA Vet Gateway (<a href="http://apha.defra.gov.uk/vet-gateway/index.htm" target="_blank">http://apha.defra.gov.uk/vet-gateway/index.htm</a>).</p><p> </p><p>Over £4 million was allocated to TB research and development in 2018/19, with the anticipation of a similar spend this financial year. The majority of these finds are being invested in improving diagnostic tests alongside vaccine development. However, validation for a new test to World Organisation for Animal Health standards would only lead to official adoption if it demonstrated proven advantages in the detection of disease alongside the current test portfolio.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-16T16:25:10.83Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T16:25:10.83Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Golding more like this
1124633
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star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Eggs more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of eggs produced in the UK for enriched colony systems in 2019. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL15501 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
star this property answer text <p>UK Packing Station egg throughput figures are collated quarterly and cover the vast majority of total eggs produced. Eggs produced from hens in enriched colony systems accounted for 42% of the total throughput in the first quarter of 2019 in the UK. This equates to 1.2 billion eggs.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-16T16:44:27.373Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T16:44:27.373Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
1124635
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star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Beavers more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the introduction of beavers in the UK; and of the risk of flooding as a result of their introduction. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL15503 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-17more like thismore than 2019-05-17
star this property answer text <p>The Government is engaged with a number of projects to further our understanding of the impact of beavers on the environment and flooding. We also maintain contact with the Scottish Government to learn from its experience on the River Tay.</p><p> </p><p>The trial reintroduction of beavers on the River Otter in Devon, which started in 2015, will conclude in 2020. The latest annual report from this trial, undertaken by the Devon Wildlife Trust, highlights assessments made on water flows and flood risks. Defra will assess the River Otter trial in 2020 and will seek advice from Natural England.</p><p> </p><p>The Forestry Commission is currently undertaking two enclosed trial releases which will contribute to our understanding of the impacts of beavers on water flow and surrounding ecology.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency is working with a number of projects that are gathering evidence from beaver trial sites to improve our understanding of the opportunities and implications for flood risk management. Natural England and the Environment Agency are working with the University of Exeter to understand how beavers affect water flow in rivers. The results of these trials will inform decisions on future reintroductions of beavers in England</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:26:25.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:26:25.56Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
1124636
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star this property date less than 2019-05-02more like thismore than 2019-05-02
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Hill Farming more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to hill farmers. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL15504 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-17more like thismore than 2019-05-17
star this property answer text <p>Upland farmers are eligible to receive payments under the Common Agricultural Policy's Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). We will pay Direct Payments for the 2019 scheme year on the same basis as for 2018 and plan to allocate the money paid in Direct Payments for 2020 in much the same way that we do now.</p><p> </p><p>Upland farmers can also apply for a Countryside Stewardship agreement, and many receive support through Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship. The current round of Countryside Stewardship is open for applications until 31 July. This includes a specific Wildlife offer for Upland farmers. Capital grants are also available through the Hedgerow and Boundaries grant, which closed for applications on 3 May.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has also pledged to continue to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the Parliament, expected in 2022. The figure includes all EU and Exchequer funding provided for farm support under both Pillar 1 and Pillar 2. Furthermore, all Pillar 2 agreements signed by 31 December 2020 will be funded for their lifetime.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T12:27:30.933Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T12:27:30.933Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
1124875
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Water Companies: Insolvency more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent retailers in the water market who sell to SME customers from failing. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
star this property uin HL15550 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>When considering applications from potential retailers, Ofwat, the economic regulator for the water industry, considers whether it would have sufficient financial resources to finance its obligations under the law and to deliver its business plan. Once the retailer enters the market, it is for the retailer to ensure it operates efficiently and is able to continue to operate. In any functioning market some retailers will fail. If a retailer were to fail, as has been seen in other sectors, Ofwat would step in and ensure affected customers are allocated to a new supplier in a seamless way.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T14:58:48.21Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T14:58:48.21Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1124878
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Water Companies: Competition more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions there have been between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the need to ensure that small business customers benefit from the non-household retail water market in England. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
star this property uin HL15553 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
star this property answer text <p>Ofwat are the economic regulator for the water industry, and it regulates and monitors the operation of the retail business market. Ofwat published their first annual report on the market, Open for Business<em>,</em> in July 2018. It identified that small and medium sized business customers are not yet experiencing the same benefits that larger customers receive from the retail market, and raised a number of issues that could be affecting this.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat and Mosl, the market operator, have been taking a number of actions to investigate further and address these issues, including for SMEs.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat is currently undertaking a further assessment of the market with a view to publishing their second annual report in July.</p><p> </p><p>My Department has ongoing discussions with Ofwat and Mosl about these issues and will discuss the outcomes of the second annual report with Ofwat in due course.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Minister Coffey, the Minister responsible for this policy area, requested that the then Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James MP, use her channels to advertise and promote to small business customers that they can benefit from the non-household retail water market in England.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T13:37:33.727Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T13:37:33.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1124887
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they taking to comply with the Stockholm Agreement and other agreements on the control of hazardous chemicals for any UK upholstered furniture containing a number of persistent organic pollutants with no available information or register of their chemical composition, in particular, flame retardants. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL15562 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The UK has some of the most rigorous chemical regulations in the world. The Government implements the Stockholm Convention through EU Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Chemicals in use also have to go through assessments under the REACH Regulation (No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). All furniture placed on the market in the UK must comply with these regulations.</p><p> </p><p>We are committed to improving traceability of chemicals in products and waste and are working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on this.</p><p> </p><p>Specifically, the Government is reviewing the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 and has consulted on whether to introduce a specific requirement for furniture labels to stipulate any flame retardants used in their manufacture. The Government’s response to the consultation will be published in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T16:03:49.11Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:03:49.11Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
1124895
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Biodiversity more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to remain closely aligned with the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy after Brexit; and if not, what plans they have to implement a long-term post-Brexit strategy on biodiversity. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL15570 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to ensuring that, when the UK leaves the EU, our existing environmental protections are maintained and, where possible, enhanced. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act ensures that the whole body of existing EU environmental law, including the Habitats and the Wild Birds Directives, continues to have effect in UK law following our departure from the EU.</p><p> </p><p>The EU Biodiversity Strategy implements commitments to halt biodiversity loss agreed in 2010 by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.</p><p> </p><p>Biodiversity policy is devolved in the UK. In England, those same international commitments to halt biodiversity loss are implemented through the Biodiversity 2020 Strategy and related documents such as the National Pollinator Strategy.</p><p> </p><p>In the 25 Year Environment Plan, we committed to developing a new strategy for nature to replace Biodiversity 2020. Our intention is to publish this strategy in early 2021 to take forward the new international commitments for biodiversity, in particular the new global biodiversity framework, to be agreed under the Convention on Biological Diversity, in 2020. It will also set out in more detail how we intend to take forward the ambitions for nature in the 25 Year Environment Plan.</p><p> </p><p>Under the new strategy, the Government will continue to work towards, among other things, clean, safe, healthy, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas; and on land, restoring 75% of our protected sites to favourable condition by 2042 and establishing a Nature Recovery Network. The Nature Recovery Network will expand and connect wildlife rich habitat by developing landscape scale partnerships to manage land in a way that supports the recovery of our much loved wildlife.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T16:09:40.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:09:40.38Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this