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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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 Insects: Conservation 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 is taking to preserve natural habitats for (a) butterflies, (b) bees and (c) moths. more like this
tabling member constituency Preston more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
uin 220088 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
answer text <p>To preserve natural habitats the Government is taking action to protect our best wildlife sites, expand habitat for insects in the wider countryside and support partnerships working on targeted habitat restoration and species recovery.</p><p> </p><p>Over one million hectares of our best habitats for wildlife on land and in our freshwater and coastal areas are conserved through our protected sites designations.</p><p> </p><p>Outside the protected sites series we are managing land to create new wildlife-rich habitat. Since 2011, over 130,000 ha in England have been set aside for this purpose. In 2015, we introduced new and simple agri-environment ‘packages’ to make it easier for farmers to provide flower rich margins or pollen and nectar plots on fields to support wild pollinators.</p><p> </p><p>Natural England, our statutory nature conservation adviser, continues to work with a range of landowning and NGO partners to support the recovery of threatened insect species by managing and creating habitats for threatened species such as the barberry carpet moth, the short-haired bumblebee and chequered skipper butterfly.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to preserving habitats, the Government is taking action to reduce threats to pollinators. We are supporting science-led restrictions on neonicotinoids so we can protect bees and other pollinators. We also continue to tackle threats from invasive species, such as the Asian hornet, and protect honey bees from pests and diseases through a nationwide team of bee inspectors.</p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-18T11:32:54.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T11:32:54.157Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
473
label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
1060029
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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 Marine Protected Area: Ascension Island 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 he has expedited communications with Cabinet colleagues on provision of funding for a marine protected area for Ascension Island. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 220118 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
answer text <p>Responsibility within Government for the establishment and ongoing management of marine protected areas around the UK’s Overseas Territories, including Ascension Island, lies with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Discussions between departments are ongoing.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-18T11:44:10.01Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T11:44:10.01Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
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
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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 more like this
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
1058690
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 Water: Pollution 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 reduce water pollution from industry. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219438 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
answer text <p>This is a devolved matter and the below relates to England only.</p><p> </p><p>Water pollution from industry is controlled by permits issued under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2015. In England, these permits are issued by the Environment Agency (EA) and control the levels of pollution in effluent discharges by setting limits on the chemical concentration and volume of the effluent. The limits are set to protect waters from the adverse impacts of pollution and to meet the appropriate environmental standards for river, ground water and bathing water quality. Operators must comply with the permit and it is an offence to breach a permit condition. Enforcement action may be taken dependant on the nature and severity of the offence.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to controlling pollution from discharges using permits, the EA receives around 40,000 water pollution incident reports per year. Most have little or minor impact but there are around 250 incidents per year which are classified as significant or serious. Very few of these are deliberate acts and are caused accidentally after spillage or system failure. Most significant or serious pollution incidents come from the water industry and agriculture. The remainder are spread across other sectors such as transport, retail, manufacturing, domestic and residential or are a result of natural causes.</p><p> </p><p>The EA responds to all serious incidents and follows them up with appropriate action including warning letters, formal caution, civil sanctions and prosecution. In 2014 the sentencing guidelines were revised so that fines are now related to the level of culpability and the company’s turnover. This has seen a steep rise in the value of fines which is now a much greater deterrent to causing pollution.</p><p> </p><p>Working to control discharges through environmental permits and by taking decisive action in response to pollution offences has led to significant reductions in pollution and improvements in water quality over recent years. Plans for continued improvement in this area are included in the Government's 25 Year Environmental Plan.</p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-18T11:06:26.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T11:06:26.307Z
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 more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
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
1058694
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 Partridges: Conservation 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 funding his Department has allocated to grey partridge recovery projects. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219441 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
answer text <p>The funding of agri-environment schemes is the principal means of improving habitat provision for farmland birds such as the grey partridge. Examples of measures funded to benefit the grey partridge include the provision of over-wintered stubble and wild bird seed mixtures to provide seed in the winter, reduced input arable margins, such as conservation headlands, to provide food in spring and summer and sympathetic management of hedgerows to provide enhanced nesting opportunities.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-18T10:45:52.817Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T10:45:52.817Z
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 more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
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
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>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 more like this
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 more like this
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 more like this
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