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star this property date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Zoos: Safety 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 plans they have to review the safety systems and processes in UK zoos to protect staff, customers and animals. more like this
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Lord Birt more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to ensuring that zoos are safe places to work and visit, and that there are high standards of welfare for all animals.</p><p> </p><p>The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 sets out comprehensive licensing and inspection requirements for zoos. Responsibility for administering these requirements rests with local authorities. Defra supports this by providing the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice, which sets out minimum standards that zoos are expected to meet, covering welfare and safety.</p><p> </p><p>The standards are kept under review by Defra’s Zoos Expert Committee, a group of independent experts that advises Defra on zoo issues. Zoos must also comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which ensures the safety of staff.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-02-27T12:54:42.463Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-27T12:54:42.463Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Birt more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-21more like thismore than 2017-11-21
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Zoos: Licensing 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 is their assessment of the adequacy of the provisions of (1) the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, and (2) SI 2002/3080 which implemented EC Directive 1999/22/EC. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL3442 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-30more like thismore than 2017-11-30
star this property answer text <p>Under zoo licensing legislation zoos are subject to an annual inspection and must comply with the Secretary of State's Standards of Modern Zoo Practice. These are detailed standards for zoo management, including animal health, welfare and husbandry. The standards are kept under review by Defra’s Zoos Expert Committee (ZEC) which includes leading animal welfare experts.</p><p> </p><p>Ministers have tasked the ZEC with considering whether any changes need to be made to the zoo licensing system. The Department will consider the recommendations when they are received in due course.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2017-11-30T15:08:36.937Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-30T15:08:36.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-14more like thismore than 2014-07-14
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Zoos 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 assessment they have made of the implementation of the European Union's Zoos Directive 1999 in the United Kingdom through the zoo inspection system. more like this
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Lord Harrison more like this
star this property uin HL1106 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-22more like thismore than 2014-07-22
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Zoo Licensing Act 1981, which sets out comprehensive licensing and inspection requirements for zoos, implements the EC Zoos Directive in Great Britain. Responsibility for administering these requirements rests with local authorities, which have powers to check compliance with zoo licences, to impose conditions and to take action. Ultimately this could mean closing part, or all, of a zoo if the requirements of the legislation are not met. This in turn ensures our compliance with the Directive.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In response to concerns about how local authorities were carrying out this role, Defra commissioned research into local authority implementation of the Act. The 2011 report, which looked at the period 2008-2010, found no serious problems and indeed there was evidence of significant improvements in a number of areas during this time.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The report made suggestions for further improvements, such as updating guidance and zoo inspection report forms. These, together with the majority of the suggestions, have been actioned and we continue to work to make further improvements.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord De Mauley more like this
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less than 2014-07-22T14:41:46.0167316Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-22T14:41:46.0167316Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord De Mauley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 remove filter
unstar 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 Xylella 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 specific measures they are taking to prevent the introduction to the UK of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa via the import of infected host plants. more like this
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Baroness D'Souza more like this
star this property uin HL16792 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-05more like thismore than 2019-07-05
star this property answer text <p><em>Xylella fastidiosa</em> is currently not present in the UK but we are taking a lead in the EU to tighten import and movement controls to protect the country against its introduction.</p><p>We supplement EU measures with national legislation requiring notification of certain imports, allowing the Animal and Plant Health Agency to build intelligence about such trades and carry out targeted inspections. The notification requirements were strengthened in 2018 through the inclusion of olive trees, following an interception in Belgium of <em>Xylella</em> on olive trees imported from Spain.</p><p>We have also successfully pressed the case for stronger requirements at an EU level against certain high risk hosts for this disease, with supplementary measures also now in place against <em>Polygala myrtifolia</em>. Under the leadership of Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer, Nicola Spence, we are continuously reviewing new developments to determine whether additional measures are required.</p><p>We have a surveillance programme in place targeting imports and businesses trading in hosts from within the EU, as well as inspections in the wider environment.</p><p>We are also taking action with UK industry to raise awareness, resulting in nurseries and garden centres committing not to bring <em>Xylella</em> host plants into the UK from EU regions where the disease is present, and employing careful sourcing, traceability and good hygiene measures.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-07-05T11:43:25.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-05T11:43:25.91Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness D'Souza more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-26more like thismore than 2016-02-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 remove filter
unstar 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 Xylella 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, in the light of the dangers posed to trees and shrubs by Xylella fastidiosa, and the experiences of France and Italy in tackling that disease, what steps they are taking (1) to prevent it entering this country, and (2) to deal with any incursion should it occur. more like this
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Lord Framlingham more like this
star this property uin HL6483 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-08more like thismore than 2016-03-08
star this property answer text <p><em>Xylella fastidiosa</em> is a regulated pathogen in the EU under the Plant Health Directive, with strengthened requirements now in place in response to the risk posed by this organism. This includes measures to protect against its introduction from countries outside the EU, as well as requirements to prevent infected material being moved from areas within the EU where it is present.</p><p> </p><p><em>Xylella fastidiosa</em> is currently not present in the UK and we are taking robust action to protect against its introduction, including restricting high-risk imports, inspecting host material from outside the EU and raising awareness, through publicity and direct interaction with growers and trade associations.</p><p> </p><p>Our aim is to prevent further introductions into the EU as a whole (thereby protecting the UK) and to prevent spread from areas of the EU where it is present. This includes engaging actively with our EU partners and the European Commission on ensuring we have the best possible protective measures in place.</p><p> </p><p>Imports of host plants from outside the EU can now only take place where the pest status of the country or origin has been confirmed and when stringent import conditions have been met. All such imports are inspected at points of entry. Plant species which have been confirmed as a host in the EU must now be accompanied by a Plant Passport, meaning they can only be moved into and within the UK by officially authorised businesses. Additional requirements apply to areas where the pathogen is present to prevent the movement of potentially infected plants from such areas.</p><p> </p><p>Through our delivery bodies we are applying the EU-wide provisions as well as carrying out surveillance visits of premises growing and trading host plants. In the event of an incursion, a full investigation would take place to determine the circumstances and the actions required. Should an outbreak occur, the requirements of the EU Decision would apply, including destruction of infected and potentially infected plants and demarcation of the outbreak area with restrictions imposed in line with the Decision. We are working closely with industry bodies to raise awareness and encourage good practice.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2016-03-08T16:21:50.327Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-08T16:21:50.327Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Framlingham more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-05more like thismore than 2017-09-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Xylella 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 whether the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa is capable of infecting tree and plant species in the UK; and if so, whether they are taking steps to ban the importation of any goods, produce, plants or other species that could bring the disease into the UK. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL1220 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-20more like thismore than 2017-09-20
star this property answer text <p>Certain subspecies of <em>Xylella fastidiosa</em> could be damaging to tree and plant species in the UK. We are pressing, at an EU level, for protections to be strengthened and will continue to keep this issue under review nationally. This includes taking account of the most up to date scientific information, including that published by the European Food Safety Authority, which has helped to inform the development of measures to protect against the disease and actions in response to findings within the EU.</p><p> </p><p>On the basis of the current evidence, Defra’s Secretary of State has written to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytensis Andriukaitis to raise concerns about EU protections against the disease and urge stronger action. The letter also highlights that national measures could be introduced in the event that the appropriate level of protection is not forthcoming through the EU review. The Chief Plant Health Officer has written to businesses growing and trading host plants to encourage good biosecurity and careful sourcing of plants. Copies of these letters will be placed in the library.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property file name letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis.pdf more like this
star this property title Letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis more like this
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star this property file name 'Act now to keep the UK Xylella free' letter.pdf more like this
star this property title 'Act now to keep the UK Xylella free' letter more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL1221 more like this
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less than 2017-09-20T16:06:05.503Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-20T16:06:05.503Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-05more like thismore than 2017-09-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Xylella 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 assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the EU Food Safety Agency's plans to stop the spread of Xylella fastidiosa in Europe. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL1221 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-20more like thismore than 2017-09-20
star this property answer text <p>Certain subspecies of <em>Xylella fastidiosa</em> could be damaging to tree and plant species in the UK. We are pressing, at an EU level, for protections to be strengthened and will continue to keep this issue under review nationally. This includes taking account of the most up to date scientific information, including that published by the European Food Safety Authority, which has helped to inform the development of measures to protect against the disease and actions in response to findings within the EU.</p><p> </p><p>On the basis of the current evidence, Defra’s Secretary of State has written to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytensis Andriukaitis to raise concerns about EU protections against the disease and urge stronger action. The letter also highlights that national measures could be introduced in the event that the appropriate level of protection is not forthcoming through the EU review. The Chief Plant Health Officer has written to businesses growing and trading host plants to encourage good biosecurity and careful sourcing of plants. Copies of these letters will be placed in the library.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property file name letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis.pdf more like this
star this property title Letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis more like this
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star this property file name 'Act now to keep the UK Xylella free' letter.pdf more like this
star this property title 'Act now to keep the UK Xylella free' letter more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL1220 more like this
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less than 2017-09-20T16:06:05.58Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-20T16:06:05.58Z
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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 date less than 2016-05-05more like thismore than 2016-05-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Woodland Trust 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 is the current level of financial support they provide to the Woodland Trust and its tree planting programme, and whether they have any plans to increase that support over the next four years. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
star this property uin HL8222 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-11more like thismore than 2016-05-11
star this property answer text <p>In the last financial year, the Government provided £55,338.12 to the Woodland Trust, to plant 35,400 trees with state primary schools across England in spring 2016. This support will increase over the next four years, as we expand the programme to fund the Woodland Trust to provide an additional 400,000 trees for schools for schoolchildren to plant in school grounds and local communities.</p><p> </p><p>The Woodland Trust can apply for grants under the Countryside Stewardship scheme, as part of the Rural Development Programme, in the same way as any other land owner or manager and it receives grants from previous support mechanisms.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2016-05-11T16:08:14.303Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-11T16:08:14.303Z
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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 date less than 2018-10-09more like thismore than 2018-10-09
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution 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 assessment they have made of the conclusions of the Air Quality Expert Group in its report Ultrafine Particles in the UK, published in July, that "emissions from some potentially important sources such as domestic wood burning are very poorly known". more like this
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb more like this
star this property uin HL10491 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-18more like thismore than 2018-10-18
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that there is a need for us to keep advancing and evolving our evidence base. As part of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy we have committed to continued investment in our evidence base to enable the most effective targeting of measures to improve public health and environmental outcomes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-10-18T14:29:28.46Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-18T14:29:28.46Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-09more like thismore than 2018-10-09
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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unstar 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 Wood-burning Stoves: Air Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission research into the contribution made by different types of domestic wood burning stoves to the presence of Ultrafine Particles and other air pollutants in urban areas. more like this
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb more like this
star this property uin HL10492 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-18more like thismore than 2018-10-18
star this property answer text <p>Measuring emissions of particulate matter from wood stoves is a recognised challenge.</p><p> </p><p>The Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy identifies a range of actions targeted to reduce emissions from these sources. Defra is working with industry sectors and test houses to review different methods for testing stove emissions to determine what test methods are most reliable</p><p> </p><p>EU Ecodesign regulations that come into force in 2022 will mean all new stoves will need to meet agreed emissions standards, regardless of where they are used.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-10-18T14:26:58.937Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-18T14:26:58.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb more like this