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star this property date less than 2016-12-08more like thismore than 2016-12-08
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Afghanistan: Dams more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided in respect of the Kajaki Dam project in Afghanistan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 56849 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-15more like thismore than 2016-12-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The Kajaki Dam was financed by the US Government. In the summer of 2008 UK military forces were involved in delivering a third turbine to the dam. DFID, however, was not involved, and has not been involved in the dam.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2016-12-15T17:42:51.473Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-15T17:42:51.473Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-23more like thismore than 2015-06-23
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Ammunition more like this
star 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, what discussions officials in her Department have had with (a) the Lead Ammunition Group and (b) the Austrian government on prohibiting the use of lead shot. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 3632 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 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The Lead Ammunition Group did not include Defra or Food Standards Agency members, reflecting its independent status. Defra has had no discussions with the Austrian Government on this matter.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-06-30T10:29:16.527Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-30T10:29:16.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-12more like thismore than 2016-01-12
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Ash Dieback Disease more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the occurrence of ash dieback disease. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 22023 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 2016-01-19more like thismore than 2016-01-19
unstar this property answer text <p>Our long-term national strategy to manage Ash Dieback is based on science, international best practice and the advice of the UK Chief Plant Health Officer.</p><br /><p>We are protecting non-infected areas and have invested over £21 million in tree health research. Restrictions on the movement of ash, both inland and from other countries, are currently in place.</p><br /><p>The Government-funded screening trial of 155,000 ash saplings is unprecedented in its scope and the UK is leading the way on the work to identify resistant strains. Collectively, our research is aimed at identifying the genetic basis for natural tolerance and screening our native ash trees for genetic markers. Work is also underway to further our understanding of the pathogen, how it spreads and local management approaches to protect individual, high value trees.</p><br /><p>Our surveillance programme involving Government, industry, conservation groups and the public enables us to monitor the disease and to target resources effectively.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2016-01-19T14:12:03.343Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-19T14:12:03.343Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Badgers: Hedgehogs more like this
star 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, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of countryside organisations on the effect of the numbers of badgers on numbers of hedgehogs. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 12472 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 2015-10-27more like thismore than 2015-10-27
unstar this property answer text <p>Defra is working with partners to identify actions that will help the conservation of hedgehogs, particularly though the Terrestrial Biodiversity Group chaired by Natural England. The reasons for the decline of the hedgehog population are complex. Badgers are one of a number of potential factors in the decline in hedgehog numbers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-10-27T16:18:56.44Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-27T16:18:56.44Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Beaches: Litter more like this
star 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, what steps she is taking to ensure that beaches are cleaned and cleared of litter, rubbish, debris and discarded household items. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 1715 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 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
unstar this property answer text <p>We all want beaches which are clear of litter and rubbish. Local Authorities and other land managers have a duty to keep their land clear of litter and refuse: this includes beaches above the high water mark. The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse sets out the standards we expect them to achieve. It recognises that cleaning beaches can present particular challenges because of the terrain, accessibility and the need to be sensitive to habitats.</p><p>Defra works with and supports the work of Keep Britain Tidy, which runs the globally-recognised Blue Flag beach award in England. This year, 61 beaches in England were awarded a Blue Flag, and 111 achieved the new Seaside Award (formerly the Quality Coast Award), with 31 beaches achieving both awards.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T11:12:33.943Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T11:12:33.943Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Birds of Prey more like this
star 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 she will take steps to protect the song bird and pigeon population by controlling and reducing the numbers of birds of prey. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 4855 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 2015-07-07more like thismore than 2015-07-07
unstar this property answer text <p>In England, there are provisions under Section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which allow for the control of wild birds, such as birds of prey, to conserve other wild birds e.g. songbirds. Licence applications are dealt with on a case by case basis and priority must be given to non-lethal methods.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>There is however no evidence that predation of songbirds by birds of prey is a major contributory factor in their decline at a national scale.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>There are no provisions under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which permit licences to be granted to control birds of prey to protect racing pigeons.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As nature conservation is a devolved matter, the Department for the Environment of Northern Ireland should be approached regarding its wildlife legislation and policy regarding the control of birds of prey.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-07-07T09:04:17.767Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-07T09:04:17.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-05more like thismore than 2016-01-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Birds of Prey more like this
star 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 she will issue clear guidance that buzzard control licences should be granted to gamekeepers or organisations whenever the criteria for applications for such licences are met. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 21034 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 2016-01-13more like thismore than 2016-01-13
unstar this property answer text <p>Licences to control buzzards are issued by Natural England on the Secretary of State’s behalf in accordance with the Government’s policy on wildlife management. Following the recent McMorn judgment in the High Court, which quashed a licencing decision taken in 2014 relating to buzzards, Natural England is revising the guidance on dealing with these types of application and once completed, the guidance will be publicly available.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2016-01-13T12:50:17.737Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-13T12:50:17.737Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-10more like thismore than 2015-11-10
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Birds of Prey: Conservation more like this
star 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, what meetings her Department has had to ascertain whether birds of prey predate on other birds of prey in order to inform her policies on bird conservation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 15965 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 2015-11-17more like thismore than 2015-11-17
unstar this property answer text <p>Bird of prey predation on other birds of prey is considered rare, occurring occasionally through territorial contact or nest defence where there is inter-species competition for space. Consequently no Department meetings have taken place to discuss the matter.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-11-17T16:33:46.63Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-17T16:33:46.63Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-05-27more like thismore than 2015-05-27
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Birds: Conservation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve the habitat of bitterns. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 65 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 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
unstar this property answer text <p>Like all wild birds, the bittern is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Under this Act it is an offence to kill or injure any wild bird; take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while that nest is in use or being built; and take or destroy an egg of any wild bird.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Bittern habitat is also protected and improved through being designated and managed as Special Protection Areas under the EU Habitats Directive, and as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 1994 Natural England (then English Nature) initiated a Bittern Recovery Programme. By 2012 restoration of approximately 2500 hectares of bittern reed-bed habitat at 80 sites across the UK had been achieved. This resulted in an increase of bittern numbers, from a 1997 low of 11 males to a high of 140 males in 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-06-02T09:56:40.093Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-02T09:56:40.093Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 Birds: Conservation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to (a) reduce and (b) control the population of (i) gulls and (ii) black-backed gulls. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 9338 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-14more like thismore than 2015-09-14
unstar this property answer text <p>Gulls, like all wild birds, are protected by provisions in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. There is however an established system of licensing to allow for the control or disturbance of certain wild birds, such as the herring gull or lesser black backed gull, for specific reasons, such as preserving public health and safety.</p><p>This licensing regime, administered by Natural England within England, provides an effective structure within which authorised persons (i.e. landowner or occupier) and local authorities can take appropriate action to tackle problems they are experiencing; it provides a range of methods that can be used to manage birds humanely and permits adult population control, nest clearance and egg control.</p><p>In addition to the licensing provisions, effective long-term management requires the elimination or reduction of readily accessible food and roosting/nesting sites. A co-ordinated approach to waste disposal by local authorities, businesses, residents and visitors will make a valuable contribution to relieving gull problems.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2015-09-14T10:43:33.35Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-14T10:43:33.35Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this