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star this property date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Biodiversity more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings in the Living Planet Report 2018, published by the World Wildlife Fund and Zoological Society of London, that (1) there has been a decline of 60 per cent in species population sizes between 1970 and 2014, and (2) species population declines are especially pronounced in the tropics; and what strategy, if any, they have to address these findings. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL11223 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that there have been declines in species populations across the world since 1970 and that declines have been pronounced in many tropical ecosystems. This downward trend and the impact it has on peoples’ economic and social wellbeing highlights the need to strengthen international efforts to tackle biodiversity loss.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to being the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. We are already working worldwide, including in the tropics, to tackle biodiversity loss, by:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Investing more than £36 million between 2014 and 2021 to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, and hosting the fourth international Illegal Wildlife Trade conference last month in London. The conference represented a significant step forward in the global fight to eliminate this trade;</p></li><li><p>Committing £210 million of Defra’s International Climate Finance to support projects that aim to protect and restore more than 500,000 hectares of the world’s most biodiverse forests. For example, we are supporting communities in Madagascar to protect mangrove forests, which are important habitats for the protection of many species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth;</p></li><li><p>Ambitious plans under the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan to reverse the decline of many species and help wildlife survive and thrive. We are committed to protecting the oceans, and have called for at least 30 per cent of the oceans to be in Marine Protected Areas by 2030. The UK is also leading the fight against plastic pollution; and</p></li><li><p>Introducing one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales to protect the elephant.</p></li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are also committed to developing an ambitious post-2020 strategic framework for biodiversity and are working with countries around the world to achieve this under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-13T14:56:26.827Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Animal Welfare more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of the consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill; and when the revised Bill will be published. more like this
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
star this property uin HL11259 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
star this property answer text <p>The summary of the responses to the consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill, including the government's next steps, was published on 7 August 2018 at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-animal-welfare-sentencing-and-recognition-of-sentience-bill-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-animal-welfare-sentencing-and-recognition-of-sentience-bill-2017</a>.</p><p> </p><p>I have placed a copy in the Library of the House. Legislation will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-14T15:49:25.75Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-14T15:49:25.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property file name Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Draft Bill Consultation Response.pdf more like this
star this property title Animal Welfare Bill - consultation response more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
1002485
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star this property date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Flood Control more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 22 October (HL10504), whether they intend to establish an independent review of the effectiveness of (1) Coastal Protection Authorities, and (2) Shoreline Management Plans, in managing flood risk. more like this
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Lord Patten more like this
star this property uin HL11326 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>Coastal change, through erosion or flooding, has always been a risk for those living and working by the sea.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency has strategic oversight of Shoreline Management Plans (20 in England), which are the responsibility of Coastal Protection Authorities. These plans set the direction and preferred management option over a 100 year timeframe and are under-pinned by evidence and a high level economic, social, and environmental assessment.</p><p> </p><p>Over the next three years, we and the Environment Agency (EA) are working closely with the coastal authorities, including funding of £1 million, to refresh Shoreline Management Plans, to ensure that there is consistency and that they are using the best, most up to date evidence. This programme will ensure the Shoreline Management Plans and Coastal Protection Authorities remain effective in light of the most recent UK climate change predictions which will be published later this month.</p><p> </p><p>The EA are also funding a £23 million, five year programme of regional coastal monitoring by these groups, to support decision making.</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T17:48:49.683Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T17:48:49.683Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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1005616
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star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Water Voles: Conservation more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to prevent further decline in the population of water voles in the UK. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian more like this
star this property uin HL11387 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
star this property answer text <p>The water vole is a protected species, listed under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and a species identified as being of principal importance under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. As part of this, the species has a number of priority actions assigned to it, and as this is a devolved matter, the following information refers to actions in England.</p><p> </p><p>Natural England is committed to the actions set out in the Species Action Plan for water voles, alongside partner organisations noted within the plan, and recently published ‘A Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals’, which identifies and confirms areas of work where continued resource should be placed to conserve and enhance water vole populations. Natural England is working with Sussex University, Brighton University, the Wildlife Trusts and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to undertake a habitat suitability mapping exercise to maximise conservation gain using a landscape scale approach. Dependent on these findings and the results of another project, with WildCru (Oxford University) and specialist water vole consultants assessing mitigation techniques used in development, Natural England is considering adapting its licensing policies with the aim of maximising conservation gain for the species at a landscape scale.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2010 the Environment Agency has delivered 328 projects that included habitat creation or improvement for the benefit of water voles. It has restored 6,725 hectares and created 6,330 hectares of priority habitat in rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The Environment Agency has delivered training to relevant staff across its organisation to raise awareness of water voles and their protection, and screens its activities to ensure water voles and their habitats are protected from damage.</p><p> </p><p>Agri-environment schemes such as Countryside Stewardship provide suitable habitat for wildlife including water voles and other small mammals. Scheme options that benefit water voles include buffer strips alongside ponds, ditches, and other watercourses and fencing alongside watercourses to protect bankside vegetation.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Forestry Commission is currently undertaking a flagship project for water voles in Kielder Forest. Having eradicated the mink there, the Forestry Commission is working with the Tyne Rivers Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and the University of Aberdeen on the restoration of water voles and their habitats across the North Tyne catchment, and has already released hundreds of water voles into the area.</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T14:15:19.457Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T14:15:19.457Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire has been effective. more like this
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Lord Truscott more like this
star this property uin HL11426 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
star this property answer text <p>In September of this year, the Animal and Plant Health Agency published data showing there has been a drop in cattle TB incidence in the first two cull areas, where the number of new confirmed breakdowns has dropped by around 50%. In the Gloucestershire cull area, the incidence of TB has dropped from 10.4% before culling began to 5.6% in the twelve months following the fourth year of culling. In the Somerset cull area, it has dropped from 24% to 12%.</p><p> </p><p>Using the TB incidence measure for this purpose is in line with the reporting of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial and National Statistics. It is the best way to monitor the impact of badger control in these areas. These data provide an encouraging sign that the steps we are taking to control the disease are having a positive impact, and are consistent with the effects seen during the Randomised Badger Culling Trial. Further analysis of the data is underway and will be submitted to a scientific journal for publication in due course.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-23T10:52:10.88Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T10:52:10.88Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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1007915
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star this property date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading UN Convention on Biological Diversity more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be represented at the forthcoming meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL11524 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
star this property answer text <p>Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, and Government officials represented the UK Government at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-28T14:52:09.09Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T14:52:09.09Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Non-native Species more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to combat the threat to biodiversity from biological invaders. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL11526 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
star this property answer text <p>This Government takes the threat to biodiversity posed by invasive species seriously and is committed to preventing any damage and continuing to mitigate risk. As part of these efforts the GB Invasive Non-Native Species Strategy, first published in 2008 and reviewed in 2015, operates to ensure coordinated action across Great Britain. This strategy follows internationally recognised principles and priorities of prevention, rapid eradication and management. For example, since the arrival of the Asian hornet in France in 2004, Defra has been aware of the increased risk of this hornet to our bees and beneficial insects. We have plans in place to detect and tackle it, which we have successfully deployed several times since the first UK incursion in autumn 2016.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Governments of each UK administration are putting into place penalties and sanction regimes for the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species, a core provision of which is the creation of a list of species subject to strict restrictions. These species cannot be imported, kept, bred, transported, sold, used or exchanged, allowed to reproduce, grown or cultivated, or released into the environment. There are currently 49 species listed under the regulation.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-11-28T14:54:24.113Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T14:54:24.113Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy Review more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the Bovine TB Strategy Review, published in October. more like this
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Baroness Parminter more like this
star this property uin HL11676 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
star this property answer text <p>As set out in my written statement of 13 November 2018 (HLWS1048) the Government will consider the Review recommendations carefully and a formal response will be published in due course.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-12-03T15:02:46.193Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T15:02:46.193Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Parminter more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Food: Waste more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to reduce levels of household food waste through the Waste and Resources Action Programme in the last 12 months. more like this
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The Marquess of Lothian more like this
star this property uin HL11798 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
star this property answer text <p>Food waste is a financial and environmental issue, but the UK has made good progress with total food waste in the UK reducing by 14% per person between 2007 and 2015 (post-farm gate).</p><p> </p><p>Household food waste accounts for around 70% of total food waste in the UK, and householders spend £15 billion every year on food that could have been eaten but ends up being thrown away.</p><p> </p><p>Food waste prevention is one of the Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) key priorities. Action to reduce levels of household food waste is being taken in two ways:</p><ul><li>through the Love Food Hate Waste consumer behaviour change campaign; and</li><li>under WRAP’s voluntary agreement, the Courtauld Commitment 2025, which aims to cut the carbon and waste associated with food &amp; drink by at least one fifth over a decade.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Courtauld 2025 will publish interim progress results in 2019 and 2022, and final results in 2026. Quantitative data is not, therefore, currently available in relation to progress made over the last 12 months.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last 12 months, WRAP’s activities to reduce household food waste have been focused on two key areas: behavioural change interventions and national communications. WRAP has developed a set of behavioural change interventions and technical changes that can work in-store and at home, which focus on people buying what they need and using what they buy. WRAP has also been increasing awareness through mini-campaigns under Love Food Hate Waste. The latest mini-campaign, ‘Chill the Fridge Out’, launched on World Food Day (16 October).</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-12-04T17:39:25.04Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-04T17:39:25.04Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Coastal Erosion more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds they will make available to deal with coastal erosion, following the report by the Met Office, UK Climate Projections, published on 26 November, which highlighted the impact of climate change on potential flood areas. more like this
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
star this property uin HL11852 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
star this property answer text <p>On 26 November, we published with the Met Office, a new set of UK Climate Projections 2018. This is the first major update to the UK’s national climate change projections for nearly 10 years.</p><p> </p><p>Coastal change through erosion or flooding of land has always been a risk for those living and working by the sea. These projections show we can continue to expect increases to extreme coastal water levels, driven mainly by increases in mean sea level rise, although we cannot rule out additional changes in storm surges.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is investing over £1.2 billion of Government funding as part of our current programme to better protect 170,000 properties from coastal flooding and erosion in the 6 years up to 2021.</p><p> </p><p>We are considering future needs for investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management, ahead of a review of flood and coastal erosion funding beyond 2021. The updated climate projections will be taken into consideration as part of this work.</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-12-05T16:47:55.373Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-05T16:47:55.373Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this