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1058688
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Stoats: Pest Control 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 control stoat numbers. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219436 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>While the Government regulates the management of wildlife it is not directly involved in the control of stoats. Responsibility for management lies with the landowner or occupier.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T12:05:30.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:05:30.91Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058692
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Birds of Prey: Theft 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 birds of prey being stolen to order. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219440 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>The Government takes wildlife crime, including the illegal taking of birds of prey, seriously. All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with strong penalties for those committing offences against birds of prey including up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.</p><p> </p><p>Birds of prey are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which controls trade in endangered species through a permitting system. This protects species from the risk of extinction due to unsustainable trade. The Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations 2018 means that anyone committing CITES offences, including trying to trade in birds of prey taken from the wild, could face up to five years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.</p><p> </p><p>Raptor persecution and CITES issues are two of six UK wildlife crime priorities. Local police and Border Force are responsible for wildlife crime enforcement. The National Wildlife Crime Unit, which is co-funded by Defra and the Home Office, provides intelligence to support police and Border Force enforcement activities.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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less than 2019-02-15T12:40:50.063Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:40:50.063Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058695
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Poultry 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 information his Department holds on the numbers of geese that migrated to the UK in 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219442 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The UK’s Goose and Swan and Monitoring Programme assesses the number of geese which migrate here every year. The programme is jointly run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage.</p><p> </p><p>Data for the winter season 2017-2018 is available on the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust website: <a href="https://monitoring.wwt.org.uk/our-work/goose-swan-monitoring-programme/" target="_blank">https://monitoring.wwt.org.uk/our-work/goose-swan-monitoring-programme/</a>. As the 2018/19 winter season has yet to finish, data for this season will not be available until late summer 2019.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
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less than 2019-02-14T16:24:07.667Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T16:24:07.667Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058799
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Electric Vehicles: Batteries and Fuel Cells 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 recyclability of (a) batteries in electric vehicles and (b) fuel cells in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel more like this
uin 219573 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>Defra has not made such an assessment. The Government has, however, supported and continues to support a number of projects related to the reuse and recycling of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells used in electric vehicles. Examples include the ‘ICoNiChem: recycling rare materials in electric vehicles’ <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/iconichem-recycling-rare-materials-in-electric-vehicles" target="_blank">study</a> and the <a href="https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=101896" target="_blank">Fuel Cell Recovery Project</a>.</p><p> </p><p>Electric vehicle batteries are banned from disposal to landfill and from incineration. Battery treatment facilities are required to meet certain recycling efficiencies under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009. These presently vary between 50% - 75% according to battery chemistry.</p><p> </p><p>There are also obligations on vehicle producers to ensure that their vehicles are recyclable, and to meet reuse, recycling and recovery targets at the end-of-life of their vehicles.</p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T14:58:23.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T14:58:23.607Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1058882
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Air Pollution: Children 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 protect children from the effect of air pollution in (a) the London Borough of Southwark, (b) London and (c) England. more like this
tabling member constituency Camberwell and Peckham more like this
tabling member printed
Ms Harriet Harman more like this
uin 219243 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The Government is fully committed to tackling air pollution. We have put in place a £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions, which includes £495 million for councils to improve air quality. On 14 January 2019 we published our new world leading Clean Air Strategy, which includes new and ambitious goals, legislation, investment and policies which will help us to clean up our air faster and more effectively. The World Health Organization has praised our Clean Air Strategy as “an example for the rest of the world to follow”.</p><p>Local authorities have a duty to monitor and assess air quality and to take action to reduce pollution where these breach statutory limits. Defra’s Air Quality Grant Programme provides funding to local authorities for projects in local communities to tackle air pollution and reduce emissions affecting schools, businesses and residents. Defra awarded a total of £2.4 million to local authorities in England from the 2017/18 air quality grant fund; £3.7 million was awarded in 2016/17; and £0.5 million in 2015/16. £3 million has been allocated for 2018/19.</p><p>The Mayor is responsible for air quality in the capital and has reserve powers under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 to reflect this. These powers enable the Mayor to take a broad range of actions, particularly in relation to transport.</p><p>Measurements at stations in London on the national monitoring network show a general long term reduction in air pollution. The London Boroughs, including Southwark, carry out local air quality monitoring as part of the Local Air Quality Management process and produce annual reports on the status of air quality within the Borough area.</p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T12:02:58.2Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T12:02:58.2Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
150
label Biography information for Ms Harriet Harman more like this
1058959
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Air Pollution 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 the Government has made of the potential merits of committing to legally binding air pollution targets that are in line with World Health Organisation air pollutant limit values; and what other initiatives his Department has planned to ensure that the number of children living in areas of air pollution are halved by 2025. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh West more like this
tabling member printed
Christine Jardine more like this
uin 219552 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>This is a devolved matter so apart from the targets relating to emissions ceilings limits, which are already in statute, this answer applies to England only.</p><p> </p><p>In the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, published in January this year, we committed to setting a new, long-term target to reduce people’s exposure to fine particulate matter (PM<sub>2.5</sub>). We will publish a report this year examining what action would need to be taken to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM<sub>2.5</sub> annual mean guideline level of 10μg/m<sup>3</sup>. This will include analysis of the benefits to public health.</p><p> </p><p>We are the first major economy to set out ambitions based on the WHO’s PM<sub>2.5</sub> targets, and our Clean Air Strategy was welcomed by the WHO’s Director General as “an example for the rest of the world to follow.”</p><p> </p><p>The Strategy sets out the measures we will introduce to reduce emissions of PM<sub>2.5</sub>, resulting in a decrease in concentrations everywhere in the UK. This reduction will result in a halving of the number of people living in areas above the WHO annual mean guideline level by 2025, compared with 2016.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:11:04.337Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:11:04.337Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4634
label Biography information for Christine Jardine more like this
1059022
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Ramsgate Port: Seaborne Freight 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 the Answer on 15 January 2019 to Question 207205 on Ramsgate Port: Dredging, whether the Marine Management Organisation has granted a license to Seaborne Freight for operation in Ramsgate. more like this
tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
tabling member printed
Mary Creagh more like this
uin 219368 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The Marine Management Organisation has not issued a marine licence to Seaborne Freight for works relating to activity within the Port of Ramsgate.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T12:40:32.573Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T12:40:32.573Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
1579
label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
1059048
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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 Ramsgate Port: Dredging 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 the Answer on 15 January 2019 to Question 207205 on Dredging of the Port of Ramsgate, whether the Marine Management Organisation have granted a license to the Port of Ramsgate for the dredging of the port as part contingency planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
tabling member printed
Mary Creagh more like this
uin 219370 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>Under section 75 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, certain activities by a harbour authority (or on behalf of one), within their area, are exempt from requiring a marine licence if they have a local act or a harbour order (the Ramsgate Corporation Act 1934 is the relevant local act in this case).</p><p> </p><p>As a result of the dredging activity, referenced within the answer provided on 15 January 2019 to Question 207205, no arisings are being physically excavated during the dredging work and there is no material which requires disposal. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has not therefore granted a licence for the specific works being undertaken.</p><p> </p><p>The MMO did issue a separate marine licence (L/2016/00086/2) on 18 March 2016 for ongoing maintenance and navigational dredging to the Port of Ramsgate which licences activity at the port until 2026.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T11:48:13.55Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T11:48:13.55Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
1579
label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
1057043
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-08more like thismore than 2019-02-08
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 Environment Protection: Education 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 through the 25 Year Environment Plan to promote learning on the environment and sustainability for children in schools with low levels of access to natural spaces. more like this
tabling member constituency Houghton and Sunderland South more like this
tabling member printed
Bridget Phillipson more like this
uin 218811 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>The 25 Year Environment Plan, published in January 2018, sets out the government’s ambition to improve the environment within a generation. A key commitment is to encourage children to be close to nature, in and out of school. The government announced £10 million funding for the Children and Nature Programme which aims to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have better access to the natural environment. The programme has been designed to make it possible for schools to undertake a range of activities in natural spaces, including learning about nature and how to care for the natural environment.</p><p> </p><p>As announced by the Environment Secretary on 31 January, grants have recently been awarded to projects in the Children and Nature programme. Resilience through Nature, a consortium of The Wildlife Trusts, YoungMinds, Groundwork, the Sensory Trust and Field Studies Council, have been appointed to the Nature Friendly Schools project which will help deliver greener grounds and pupil visits to green spaces for schools with the highest proportion of disadvantaged pupils. Social Farms and Gardens, working with Thrive, will deliver the Growing Care Farming project which aims to achieve a transformational change in the scale, scope and uptake of care farming services in England for children and adults with a defined health, education or social need particularly those from disadvantaged areas. Funding for the Community Forests and Woodland Outreach project is yet to be awarded.</p><p> </p><p>The announcement on 31 January marked the beginning of the 2019 Year of Green Action. Over the next 12 months government will work with businesses and communities to create ways for people from all backgrounds to connect with nature, protect our environment, and contribute to restoring our natural world.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the 2019 Year of Green Action, the nationwide <a href="https://www.iwill.org.uk/environment/" target="_blank">#iwill4nature</a> initiative, led by charity Step Up To Serve and backed by government will support a series of activities for young people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.</p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T16:23:27.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T16:23:27.683Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4046
label Biography information for Bridget Phillipson more like this
1057056
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-08more like thismore than 2019-02-08
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 Birds of Prey 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 fledged hen harriers there were in 2018; how many of these birds were successfully fitted with tracking devices; and what estimate he has made of the number of birds still being tracked by satellite. more like this
tabling member constituency Penistone and Stocksbridge more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Smith more like this
uin 218779 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>During 2018 an estimated 34 hen harriers fledged in England. Natural England fixed satellite tags to five of these birds, of which two were still transmitting at the end of January 2019. Including birds tagged in previous years, Natural England is currently tracking four birds.</p><p> </p><p>The RSPB fitted tags to approximately 30 hen harriers across the UK during 2018. As of November 2018, over two thirds of these tags were transmitting.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal remove filter
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:36:04.37Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:36:04.37Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
1564
label Biography information for Angela Smith more like this