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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Climate Change more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 12 June 2019, Official Report, column 661, what reafforestation programme the Government plans to adopt to reach net zero by 2050; and whether that programme will implement the recommendation of the Committee for Climate Change on planting 30,000 hectares of trees each year. more like this
tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
tabling member printed
Frank Field more like this
uin 264330 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>On 12 June, the UK announced that we will end our contribution to the most serious environmental challenge we face - climate change, by legislating the introduction of a net zero emission target for 2050, following the Committee on Climate Change’s advice. We are one of the first major economies in the world to legislate for a net zero target. Meeting this target will require us to build on the progress already made, by further reducing emissions across all sectors of the economy.</p><p> </p><p>Forests are vital in the fight against climate change and we are determined to grow woodland cover. The Government is delivering on a range of afforestation commitments including contributing £5.7M to kick start planting in the Northern Forest, £10 million for trees in towns and cities through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund and £50 million for new woodland through the Woodland Carbon Guarantee. There is now guidance to ensure better recognition of the wider natural capital benefits that trees can provide and we have just reappointed our Tree Champion for a further year to continue to lead engagement on a new England tree strategy, which we will consult on later this year.</p><p> </p><p>The Committee for Climate Change’s recent report recognises the work we have done to lay the foundations to build a net zero economy. The Committee’s indicative recommendations on tree planting are ambitious, and we know we need to go further and faster to plant more trees.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T12:43:20.693Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T12:43:20.693Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
478
label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1131035
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Tree Planting: Urban Areas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what body is responsible for monitoring progress against the 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment to plant 1 million trees in towns and cities; and (a) what progress his Department has made towards and (b) what his timescale is for achieving that commitment. more like this
tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
tabling member printed
Mary Creagh more like this
uin 262320 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answer text <p>DEFRA will track progress towards its 1 Million urban tree commitment, including by drawing on the Forestry Commission’s wider monitoring of trees planted with central government support. An initial assessment of progress will be made in the spring of 2020, when the first Urban Tree Challenge Fund projects are up and running. The timescale for meeting the commitment is the end of the current Parliament in 2022.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-13T12:14:03.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T12:14:03.527Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
1579
label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
1131116
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Circuses: Animal Welfare more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations his Department has received on the effect of the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill on human rights. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 262292 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>The Government has examined the compatibility of the provisions in the Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Bill with the European Convention on Human Rights, and believes that the Bill’s provisions are compatible with the Convention. The Government has not therefore sought any other views on the Bill’s compatibility with the Convention.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T12:49:44.197Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T12:49:44.197Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1130713
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Pets: Sales more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if will bring forward legislative proposals on animal re-homing before the ban on the third party selling of puppies and kittens comes into effect in April 2020. more like this
tabling member constituency Leigh more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Platt more like this
uin 261545 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answer text <p>Legitimate rescue homes do incredible work rescuing and rehoming thousands of sick, abandoned and stray animals each year. I recognise that with the ban on commercial third party sales coming into force, stakeholders are concerned that disreputable dealers could reinvent themselves as rescues. We are actively exploring these issues with the rescue and rehoming sector.</p><p> </p><p>We need to be confident of the benefits and the impacts of any regulations placed on rescue and rehoming centres, particularly on some of the smaller rescues. We will consider proposals once we have fully consulted with the sector and understood the impact of any proposals.</p><p> </p><p>In the meantime, in order to prevent third-party sellers from presenting themselves as rehoming centres, we will work with the Canine and Feline Sector Group and local authorities to develop specific guidance to help distinguish between non-commercial rescue and rehoming centres, which are charities, and pet sellers which are businesses.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-12T09:47:46.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T09:47:46.057Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
4673
label Biography information for Jo Platt more like this
1130726
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Trees more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees were (a) planted and (b) cut down in the last 12 months. more like this
tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
uin 261476 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>Trees, woods and forests are a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only. Neither Defra nor the Forestry Commission records tree planting data except for trees planted in England with central government support.</p><p> </p><p>The latest figures from the Forestry Commission’s Corporate Plan Performance Indicators, published on 13 June, show that from April 2018 to March 2019 at least 2.06 million trees have been planted with central government support, equivalent to approximately 1,273 hectares of woodland creation.</p><p> </p><p>The Forestry Commissioners are responsible for the control of tree felling under the provisions in Part II of the Forestry Act 1967 (as amended). However, there are a number of exemptions from the requirements for a Felling Licence, including trees growing in private gardens, trees felled directly as a result of the granting of planning permission, felling approved in a legacy English Woodland Grant Scheme and trees felled on the Public Forest Estate. There is also no obligation to fell the trees once a Licence, which can be valid for up to 10 years, has been granted. These are some of the reasons why we do not know how many trees have been cut down. In the vast majority of cases where clear felling has been approved there will be a restocking requirement attached to the Licence.</p><p> </p><p>The Forestry Commission also publishes, as part of its Corporate Plan Performance Indicators, the net change in woodland area based on the balance between new planting of woodland and woodland removal, this information was last updated on 13 June 2019 and can be found at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/forestry-commission-corporate-plan-performance-indicators" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/forestry-commission-corporate-plan-performance-indicators</a></p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T15:00:58.107Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:00:58.107Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
411
label Biography information for Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
1130138
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
uin 260544 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of all racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of all racehorses and already have rules in place to regulate the welfare of all racehorses including that of pregnant mares.</p><p> </p><p>Under these rules, the BHA must be notified within 25 days of a mare being found in foal. A mare that is in foal is permitted to run until 120 days of pregnancy. No evidence has been found to suggest that there is any detriment to the health and welfare of either the mares or foetuses during this period. According to BHA, in 2018 there were 91 runs by 33 pregnant mares on British racecourses, and there have been 38 runs by 18 pregnant mares to date in 2019. The Government understands that the recent fatality at Hexham racecourse is the only fatality from all pregnant mares notified to the BHA as having run within the last five years.</p><p> </p><p>As such, the Government is satisfied that the BHA rules provide adequate protection for the welfare of pregnant mares in British horseracing and we do not plan to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met with the BHA and stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results. I intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare for all racehorses including pregnant mares.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN
260545 more like this
260546 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.637Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
304
label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
1130139
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British Horseracing Authority on the death of a pregnant mare on 21 May at Hexham racecourse; and if he will request a report from the course vet on the decision to allow the mare to race. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
uin 260545 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of all racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of all racehorses and already have rules in place to regulate the welfare of all racehorses including that of pregnant mares.</p><p> </p><p>Under these rules, the BHA must be notified within 25 days of a mare being found in foal. A mare that is in foal is permitted to run until 120 days of pregnancy. No evidence has been found to suggest that there is any detriment to the health and welfare of either the mares or foetuses during this period. According to BHA, in 2018 there were 91 runs by 33 pregnant mares on British racecourses, and there have been 38 runs by 18 pregnant mares to date in 2019. The Government understands that the recent fatality at Hexham racecourse is the only fatality from all pregnant mares notified to the BHA as having run within the last five years.</p><p> </p><p>As such, the Government is satisfied that the BHA rules provide adequate protection for the welfare of pregnant mares in British horseracing and we do not plan to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met with the BHA and stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results. I intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare for all racehorses including pregnant mares.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN
260544 more like this
260546 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.697Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
304
label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
1130140
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ask the British Horseracing Authority to publish data on the number of pregnant mares that have raced in this country in (a) 2019 and (b) 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
uin 260546 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of all racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of all racehorses and already have rules in place to regulate the welfare of all racehorses including that of pregnant mares.</p><p> </p><p>Under these rules, the BHA must be notified within 25 days of a mare being found in foal. A mare that is in foal is permitted to run until 120 days of pregnancy. No evidence has been found to suggest that there is any detriment to the health and welfare of either the mares or foetuses during this period. According to BHA, in 2018 there were 91 runs by 33 pregnant mares on British racecourses, and there have been 38 runs by 18 pregnant mares to date in 2019. The Government understands that the recent fatality at Hexham racecourse is the only fatality from all pregnant mares notified to the BHA as having run within the last five years.</p><p> </p><p>As such, the Government is satisfied that the BHA rules provide adequate protection for the welfare of pregnant mares in British horseracing and we do not plan to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met with the BHA and stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results. I intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare for all racehorses including pregnant mares.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN
260544 more like this
260545 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.76Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
304
label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
1129615
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading EU Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure the maintenance of access to the EU’s rapid alert system for food and feed after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 259842 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answer text <p>Food safety is one of the Government’s top priorities on leaving the EU. The UK Government is committed to maintaining a strong relationship with the EU Commission on Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). The exact arrangements for UK participation in RASFF will be a matter for the next phase of the negotiations and part of wider discussions on the co-operation of UK authorities with EU agencies.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-10T16:50:57.637Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T16:50:57.637Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1129740
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Animal Welfare: Inspections more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make it a mandatory requirement that local authorities employ animal welfare inspectors. more like this
tabling member constituency Wolverhampton North East more like this
tabling member printed
Emma Reynolds more like this
uin 259970 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, on 21 May 2019, PQ 254174.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-11T13:46:05.623Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:46:05.623Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
4077
label Biography information for Emma Reynolds more like this