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star this property date less than 2018-05-17more like thismore than 2018-05-17
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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
star this property hansard heading Air Pollution: York more like this
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unstar 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, what steps he has taken to (a) improve air quality and (b) reduce air pollution in York. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 145362 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to improving air quality in the UK. Air quality has improved significantly over recent decades, and will continue to improve, thanks to actions we have already taken. Between 2010 and 2016, emissions of nitrogen oxides fell by 27%. However, more still needs to be done.</p><p> </p><p>That is why the Government is taking action which includes the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations and £3.5 billion of investment in air quality and cleaner transport. The Government has also committed £2.84 million from the Clean Bus Technology Fund 2017-19 to enable West Yorkshire Combined Authority to retrofit buses with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide.</p><p> </p><p>Alongside national action, local authorities have a crucial role to play in improving air quality in their areas. They have a statutory duty to review and assess air quality, to declare air quality management areas (AQMAs) and to put in place action plans where air quality objectives are not being met. The City of York Council has declared three AQMAs to target pollution hotspots, and adopted an action plan in 2015 covering all three AQMAs.</p><p> </p><p>The Council was one of 230 English local authorities with longstanding air quality challenges that I wrote to in November 2016 to better understand the circumstances they face and to press the need for further action. The councils are taking a range of actions to improve air quality, including development of an overarching Low Emission Strategy designed to reduce emissions from all sources.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2006 a total of £598,078 in air quality grant funding has been awarded to the City of York Council (of which £216,008 was awarded in this year’s round) to support projects aimed at improving air quality in its area. The Government’s Air Quality Grant fund is a bid-in scheme to support local authorities to improve air quality.</p><p> </p><p>The Government also provides guidance and technical support to local authorities via a dedicated local air quality management helpdesk.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2018-05-25T09:24:01.107Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-25T09:24:01.107Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
906388
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star this property date less than 2018-05-17more like thismore than 2018-05-17
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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
star this property hansard heading Plastics: Recycling more like this
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25259
unstar 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, what steps his Department is taking to improve the efficiency of plastic recycling schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edmonton more like this
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Kate Osamor more like this
star this property uin 145387 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan published on 11 January sets out our ambition to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. We will do this through a four point plan that takes action at each stage of the product lifecycle – production, consumption and end of life. At the production stage, this includes encouraging producers to take more responsibility for the lifespan of their products. This involves designing products that are recyclable and made from recycled materials. At the consumer stage we want to reduce demand for single use plastics and make it easier for people to recycle. We will increase the amount of plastic being recycled, including through reforming the packaging waste regulations and exploring the scope for extending producer responsibility to other areas. There will be more detail in our Resources and Waste Strategy which will be published later this year.</p><p> </p><p>A call for evidence on how taxes or charges could reduce waste from single use plastics closed on 18 May. The Treasury is reviewing the responses and we are working with them on future policy options.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2018-05-25T13:31:26.183Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-25T13:31:26.183Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Osamor more like this
906389
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star this property date less than 2018-05-17more like thismore than 2018-05-17
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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
star this property hansard heading Fly-tipping: Urban Areas more like this
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unstar 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, what steps his Department is taking to tackle fly-tipping in urban areas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edmonton more like this
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Kate Osamor more like this
star this property uin 145388 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Fly-tipping is a serious crime which damages the environment and blights local communities. The Government is committed to tackling the scourge of fly-tipping in both urban and rural areas. We ensure that local authorities (LAs) have the tools that they need to tackle urban fly-tipping. In recent years we have given LAs the power to issue £400 fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping offences and have enhanced the powers available to LAs and the Environment Agency, such as the ability to search and seize the vehicles of suspected fly-tippers.</p><p> </p><p>Earlier this year we published our consultation on proposals to introduce a new fixed penalty for householders who pass their waste to a fly-tipper. We also intend to provide updated guidance for householders about how to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly. We are currently analysing consultation responses. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, we will seek to implement the changes later this year. As two thirds of fly-tipping contains household waste, these additional measures will further help tackle fly-tipping.</p><p> </p><p>As part of this Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, we are developing our strategic approach to waste crime. This will include plans to enhance partnership working and intelligence sharing to tackle fly-tipping in both urban and rural areas. We are also committed to working with the the court system to ensure that sentences act as a suitable deterrent.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2018-05-25T13:46:42.497Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-25T13:46:42.497Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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4515
unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Osamor more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-05-16more like thismore than 2018-05-16
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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
star this property hansard heading Bees: Conservation more like this
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unstar 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, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the challenges faced by honeybees in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 144796 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In England, Defra helps beekeepers tackle the challenges facing the honey bee through the work of the National Bee Unit (NBU). NBU Bee Inspectors carry out inspections for pests and diseases and provide at hive advice at over 5,000 apiaries each year. Where key pests and diseases are found the inspectors take necessary statutory action for their control. Education of beekeepers and sharing best practice are essential for healthy colonies. To this end the NBU has an extensive programme of education and training events throughout the year. We also provide some funding for the Bee Farmers Apprenticeship Scheme which aims to encourage young people to become commercial beekeepers.</p><p> </p><p>Contingency plans are in place outlining the Government’s response to the threat from exotic pests such as the Asian hornet. The plans have been successfully used to tackle Asian hornet outbreaks in the Southwest.</p><p> </p><p>Under the National Pollinator Strategy, we are encouraging the public to support honey bees and other pollinators by planting flowering plants and trees to improve the forage available and expand upon existing shelter and nest sites.</p><p> </p><p>We are committed to strict regulation of pesticides to ensure that they do not harm honeybees and other pollinators. Based on the scientific evidence, we supported the recent European Commission decision to tighten the existing restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2018-05-25T13:35:08.17Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-25T13:35:08.17Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
906288
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star this property date less than 2018-05-17more like thismore than 2018-05-17
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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
star this property hansard heading Nature Conservation: Crime more like this
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unstar 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, what discussions he has had on placing wildlife crime on sovereign base areas in Cyprus on the agenda for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in October 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 145292 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Defra officials have been working with a range of stakeholders in planning for the illegal wildlife trade conference in October, and we are keen to include as wide a range of species and geographies in the conference as possible. We have not yet reached a decision on the final agenda.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2018-05-25T11:07:13.843Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-25T11:07:13.843Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this