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1141871
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
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 Eggs: 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 steps he is taking to ensure that imported liquid and powdered egg products are compliant with UK food standards after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Clwyd West more like this
tabling member printed
Mr David Jones more like this
uin 281660 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>Our high animal welfare, environmental and biosecurity standards are of critical importance to the UK and we are committed to ensuring those standards are maintained when we leave the EU. We have been clear that we will not water down our standards in pursuit of trade deals.</p><p> </p><p>As a member of the EU we share standards of biosecurity with other Member States. This has facilitated the free movement of these goods between Member States. In the short term those standards will not change. Furthermore, to ensure minimum disruption at the UK border, we will not introduce new border controls on these goods imported from the EU. Import requirements relating to welfare will also be retained.</p><p> </p><p>To ensure we remain vigilant, we will require advance notification of imports of high risk food and feed from the EU. This includes products of animal origin and high risk food and feed not of animal origin. The Food Standards Agency will be in a position to monitor those notifications so that, in the event of a food incident occurring involving imported food or feed, it will be able to respond effectively to safeguard public health by swiftly identifying the point of entry to the UK and the spread of a problem. We will also be reviewing our imports regime once we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p>For imports from countries outside the EU we will maintain the current controls, and consignments of animal products will continue to be required to enter at UK Border Inspection Posts for veterinary checks. Notification will be required using the UK Import of Products, Animals and Food and Feed System. These controls will also apply to products of animal origin that come from outside the EU, but travel through the EU before arriving in the UK.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T16:19:12.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T16:19:12.103Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
1502
label Biography information for Mr David Jones more like this
1142059
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
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 funding her Department is making available for planting or replanting urban trees to replace trees that have been removed due to disease or decay. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 282182 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>There are no grants available specifically for the replacement of trees removed due to disease or decay, but there are opportunities for funding or new planting in and around our towns and cities under the recently launched £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund. This fund will support the planting of up to 130,000 trees across towns and cities in England, and contributes to our manifesto commitment to plant one million urban trees by 2022.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T16:03:33.813Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T16:03:33.813Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1142691
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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 Livestock: 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 she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban cages for all farm animals in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly more like this
uin 284180 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The issue of cages for farmed animals is one in which the government is taking a close interest. We have already banned cages or close confinement systems where there is clear scientific evidence that they are detrimental to animal health and welfare. We banned the keeping of calves in veal crates in 1990, sixteen years before the rest of the EU. We banned the keeping of sows in close confinement stalls in the UK in 1999, and conventional battery cages for laying hens in 2012. I am pleased that the UK has by far the largest free range laying hen sector of any EU country, with over 50% of our hens kept in free range systems.</p><p> </p><p>The government is actively looking into the use of cages and we will be considering the full range of options that are available for future reform.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T13:22:30.137Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T13:22:30.137Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1143134
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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 Livestock: 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 assessment she has made of the merits of banning the caging of farmed animals. more like this
tabling member constituency Ealing Central and Acton more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Rupa Huq more like this
uin 284800 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The issue of cages for farmed animals is one in which the government is taking a close interest. We have already banned cages or close confinement systems where there is clear scientific evidence that they are detrimental to animal health and welfare. We banned the keeping of calves in veal crates in 1990, sixteen years before the rest of the EU. We banned the keeping of sows in close confinement stalls in the UK in 1999, and conventional battery cages for laying hens in 2012. I am pleased that the UK has by far the largest free range laying hen sector of any EU country, with over 50% of our hens kept in free range systems.</p><p> </p><p>The government is actively looking into the use of cages and we will be considering the full range of options that are available for future reform.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T13:26:17.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T13:26:17.803Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
4511
label Biography information for Dr Rupa Huq more like this
1143758
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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 Amazonia: Fires 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 support his Department is giving to indigenous people in the Amazon affected by major forest fires; and what steps his Department is taking to discourage forest burning by logging and farming interests in Brazil. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel more like this
uin 285148 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The increase in forest fires in the Amazon is a tragedy for all of us, but none more so than the indigenous people who call the Amazon their home. These fires are made more likely by deforestation, and that is why we have invested nearly £120 million of our international climate finance in projects to limit deforestation, support local and indigenous people, prevent forest fires and implement the Forest Code in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biomes.</p><p> </p><p>We will continue to work with Brazilian partners at federal and sub-national levels to help them protect the Amazon, and to support the transition to a low carbon economy. The first phase of Defra’s £24.9 million Low-carbon Agriculture programme, for example, completed in May this year. It reached over 18,500 beneficiaries in the Amazon and Atlantic forest biomes, avoided the clearance of 175,000 hectares of land, reduced carbon emissions by 52% and delivered a seven-fold increase in livestock productivity.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T16:06:03.98Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T16:06:03.98Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1141847
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Parents: Low Incomes 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 Work and Pensions, if he will make a comparative assessment of the proportion of parents in low income families who are (a) out of work and (b) in part-time work (i) during the school summer holidays and (ii) at all other times in the school year. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
tabling member printed
Steve McCabe more like this
uin 281571 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>National statistics on the proportion of parents in low income families who are (a) out of work or (b) in part time work are published annually in the “Households Before Average Income” publication. These statistics are not possible to break down by distinct periods of the year.</p><p> </p><p>The statistics can be found using the link below, with the statistics for relative low income found in table 5.5ts, and the statistics for absolute low income found in table 5.8ts, both in the file “workingage-hbai-timeseries-1994-95-2017-18-tables”.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792784/hbai-2017-2018-tables-ods-files.zip" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792784/hbai-2017-2018-tables-ods-files.zip</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T13:55:46.643Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T13:55:46.643Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
298
label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
1141984
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services 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 Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of recording all calls from benefits claimants to ensure that complaints can be followed up. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel more like this
uin 282395 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Department acknowledges the merit and does record inbound calls to DWP’s helplines in order to make improvements to service and follow-up on any complaints received.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T13:32:44.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T13:32:44.38Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1142066
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes: Yorkshire and the Humber 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 Work and Pensions, which local authorities in (a) Yorkshire and (b) Humberside have local welfare assistance schemes in place. more like this
tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
tabling member printed
Dan Jarvis more like this
uin 282353 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>We do not hold information on delivery of local welfare assistance schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. We passed funding over to them (from April 2013) on a non ring-fenced basis with no statutory duties or monitoring requirements attached, giving maximum flexibility to deliver services as they see fit according to local needs.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T14:12:13.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T14:12:13.793Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4243
label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1142685
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Appeals 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 Work and Pensions, how many times her Department has requested that HM Courts and Tribunals Service provide an extension to a deadline for a universal credit appeal in the last six months. more like this
tabling member constituency Glenrothes more like this
tabling member printed
Peter Grant more like this
uin 284155 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Department does not collect information on the number of extensions to a deadline requested to HM Courts and Tribunals Service for Universal Credit appeals.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T11:54:37.43Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T11:54:37.43Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4466
label Biography information for Peter Grant more like this
1142960
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Appeals 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 Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is for her Department to respond to universal credit appeals. more like this
tabling member constituency Glenrothes more like this
tabling member printed
Peter Grant more like this
uin 284217 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T12:01:23.023Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T12:01:23.023Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4466
label Biography information for Peter Grant more like this