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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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 Animals and Animal Products: Imports 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 plans his Department has to ensure that all animals and animal products from outside the EU enter Northern Ireland through a border inspection post in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Brake more like this
uin 234073 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answer text <p>In the event we leave the EU without a deal, live animals and products of animal origin originating from non-EU countries will be checked at UK Border Inspection Posts (BIPs), including those with a final import destination in Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p><p>In Northern Ireland, Belfast Port is the approved BIP for frozen meat and fish products pre-packed for human consumption. Belfast International Airport is the approved BIP for animal by-products that are not for human consumption.</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 2019-03-22T13:36:57.203Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-22T13:36:57.203Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
1088709
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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 High Speed 2 Railway Line 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 his Department is taking to ensure that High Speed Two will not affect the protection of woodlands. more like this
tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
uin 232522 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answer text <p>The Government has a manifesto commitment to ensure stronger protection for our ancient woodlands, and the irreplaceable nature of ancient woodlands is recognised in our 25 Year Environment Plan. Defra and its statutory bodies are working closely with HS2 Ltd. and the Department for Transport to make sure that environmental impacts resulting from HS2, including protection of woodland and loss of ancient woodland, are considered and minimised.</p><p>Natural England and the Environment Agency have service level agreements with HS2 Ltd. to advise on the development of HS2, including on avoiding, as far as practicable, loss to ancient woodlands. Natural England has also provided information to help inform HS2 Ltd.’s Ancient Woodland Strategies.</p><p> </p><p>The HS2 Woodland Fund has been established for Phase 1 to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and the creation of new native woodland.</p><p> </p><p>Natural England is also working with HS2 Ltd to identify ancient woodland within HS2’s route corridor which is not on the Ancient Woodland Inventory. Natural England and HS2 work together to minimise impacts on ancient woodland and to maximise opportunities for compensatory measures during detailed design, where unavoidable loss occurs.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN 232524 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-22T10:18:08.483Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-22T10:18:08.483Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
410
label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1088711
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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 High Speed 2 Railway Line 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 his Department is taking to prevent loss of ancient woodland as a result of High Speed Two. more like this
tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
uin 232524 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answer text <p>The Government has a manifesto commitment to ensure stronger protection for our ancient woodlands, and the irreplaceable nature of ancient woodlands is recognised in our 25 Year Environment Plan. Defra and its statutory bodies are working closely with HS2 Ltd. and the Department for Transport to make sure that environmental impacts resulting from HS2, including protection of woodland and loss of ancient woodland, are considered and minimised.</p><p>Natural England and the Environment Agency have service level agreements with HS2 Ltd. to advise on the development of HS2, including on avoiding, as far as practicable, loss to ancient woodlands. Natural England has also provided information to help inform HS2 Ltd.’s Ancient Woodland Strategies.</p><p> </p><p>The HS2 Woodland Fund has been established for Phase 1 to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and the creation of new native woodland.</p><p> </p><p>Natural England is also working with HS2 Ltd to identify ancient woodland within HS2’s route corridor which is not on the Ancient Woodland Inventory. Natural England and HS2 work together to minimise impacts on ancient woodland and to maximise opportunities for compensatory measures during detailed design, where unavoidable loss occurs.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN 232522 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-22T10:18:08.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-22T10:18:08.527Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
410
label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1088801
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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: Sentencing 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 assessment he has made of the potential merits of a maximum five-year sentence for animal cruelty as a deterrent to animal cruelty offenders who use such acts of cruelty to manipulate human victims. more like this
tabling member constituency Monmouth more like this
tabling member printed
David T. C. Davies more like this
uin 232542 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answer text <p>The Government is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, and we have announced that we will increase the maximum custodial penalty for animal cruelty from six months to five years to allow the courts to impose appropriate penalties in extreme cases, whatever the motivation for the offence.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-22T10:15:11.033Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-22T10:15:11.033Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
1545
label Biography information for David T. C. Davies more like this
1088815
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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 Food: Exports 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 guidance he has provided to agri-food exporters on food labelling in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and what assessment he has made of the capacity of those exporters to put in place that labelling by the end of March 2019. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 232567 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answer text <p>The Government is working closely with food retailers and suppliers to help them prepare for leaving the EU, which includes providing information on food labelling changes that must be made to UK products sold in the UK and EU after 29 March 2019. Specific guidance for the food and drink sector is now available at <a href="http://www.gov.uk/defra/brexit-food-drink-sector" target="_blank">www.gov.uk//defra/brexit-food-drink-sector</a>. This includes advice on food labelling.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is aiming wherever possible within the UK to allow a transition period of at least 21 months for food labelling changes in relation to goods produced in the UK, or imported and placed on the UK market, after exit day.</p><p> </p><p>The UK has no control over how food labelling changes will be enforced outside the UK. EU and other non-EU countries may require that food labelling changes are in place on exports to their markets from exit day. Businesses have been advised to seek guidance from importing contacts on labelling requirements applicable in the importing country.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-22T10:13:24.463Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-22T10:13:24.463Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1088260
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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 Pesticides: Regulation 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 hold a public consultation on changes to the (a) guidance and (b) principles related to the regulation of pesticides in the event that the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 231974 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
answer text <p>If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, any future changes would follow the Cabinet Office guidance on consultation principles. This would entail public consultation if a substantive policy change was proposed. Changes to guidance could conceivably have significant or very minor effects, so a judgement would be needed if public consultation was warranted based on the specific circumstances.</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 2019-03-21T17:44:00.323Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-21T17:44:00.323Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1088262
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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 Expert Committee On Pesticides 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 increase the (a) capacity and (b) operating budget of the Expert Committee on Pesticides in the event that the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 231975 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
answer text <p>The Plant Protection Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will ensure the plant protection products regime can operate in a national context, if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. These Regulations contain provisions enabling the UK competent authorities to take independent scientific advice, in areas where this was previously provided by the European Food Safety Authority in the EU regime. This includes the ability to seek independent scientific advice as part of the process for approving active substances used in plant protection products. Independent scientific advice would be sought from Defra’s existing Expert Committee on Pesticides from the day we leave the EU, and we would continue to build on these arrangements in the future.</p><p> </p><p>We have been working closely with the Expert Committee on Pesticides and its secretariat within the Health and Safety Executive to assess the Committee’s capacity in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and to ensure that plans are in place to enable it to access both the scientific advise and resourcing it would need to deliver this expanded role.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN 231976 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-21T17:47:23.36Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-21T17:47:23.36Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1088264
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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 Pesticides: Regulation 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 his Department is taking to include independent scientific advice within the authorisation process for active substances used in plant protection products in the event that the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 231976 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
answer text <p>The Plant Protection Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will ensure the plant protection products regime can operate in a national context, if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. These Regulations contain provisions enabling the UK competent authorities to take independent scientific advice, in areas where this was previously provided by the European Food Safety Authority in the EU regime. This includes the ability to seek independent scientific advice as part of the process for approving active substances used in plant protection products. Independent scientific advice would be sought from Defra’s existing Expert Committee on Pesticides from the day we leave the EU, and we would continue to build on these arrangements in the future.</p><p> </p><p>We have been working closely with the Expert Committee on Pesticides and its secretariat within the Health and Safety Executive to assess the Committee’s capacity in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and to ensure that plans are in place to enable it to access both the scientific advise and resourcing it would need to deliver this expanded role.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN 231975 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-21T17:47:23.41Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-21T17:47:23.41Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1088265
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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 Pesticides: Regulation 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 his Department has taken to ensure that the UK's future pesticide regime will provide equal levels of accountability and scrutiny to the EU pesticide regime in the event that the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 231977 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
answer text <p>If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the Government will retain the current EU regulations on plant protection products with only such changes as are required so that the regime can operate sensibly in a national context. Ministers will be more accountable for decision making than at present as this will be their direct responsibility (along with the devolved administrations), rather than being subject to voting by all EU Member States.</p><p> </p><p>There will also continue to be effective scrutiny. For example, there will be a formal public consultation process on each active substance with full supporting documentation such as the draft assessment report published, in the same way as there is under the EU regime. In addition to our national regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), we have put arrangements in place to ensure that we have access to independent scientific advice from exit day from the Expert Committee on Pesticides and we will continue to build on these arrangements in future. HSE will publish its assessment reports online (less any confidential data). The Expert Committee on Pesticides also routinely publishes its minutes online so its advice will be open and transparent.</p><p> </p><p>The powers to extend active substance approvals and product authorisations will be retained and repatriated to national level, with no changes to the provisions setting out how they can be used. These powers will therefore continue to be available under the national regime to be used where necessary, as the European Commission has done routinely under the current EU regime. It would clearly be inappropriate to attempt to extend approvals and authorisations indefinitely.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN 231978 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-21T17:53:42.507Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-21T17:53:42.507Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1088267
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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 Pesticides: Regulation 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 his Department has taken to ensure that renewals for approvals of (a) active substances used in plant protection products and (b) plant protection products cannot be extended indefinitely by the relevant public bodies in the event that UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 231978 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
answer text <p>If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the Government will retain the current EU regulations on plant protection products with only such changes as are required so that the regime can operate sensibly in a national context. Ministers will be more accountable for decision making than at present as this will be their direct responsibility (along with the devolved administrations), rather than being subject to voting by all EU Member States.</p><p> </p><p>There will also continue to be effective scrutiny. For example, there will be a formal public consultation process on each active substance with full supporting documentation such as the draft assessment report published, in the same way as there is under the EU regime. In addition to our national regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), we have put arrangements in place to ensure that we have access to independent scientific advice from exit day from the Expert Committee on Pesticides and we will continue to build on these arrangements in future. HSE will publish its assessment reports online (less any confidential data). The Expert Committee on Pesticides also routinely publishes its minutes online so its advice will be open and transparent.</p><p> </p><p>The powers to extend active substance approvals and product authorisations will be retained and repatriated to national level, with no changes to the provisions setting out how they can be used. These powers will therefore continue to be available under the national regime to be used where necessary, as the European Commission has done routinely under the current EU regime. It would clearly be inappropriate to attempt to extend approvals and authorisations indefinitely.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
grouped question UIN 231977 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-21T17:53:42.57Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-21T17:53:42.57Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this