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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
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 (a) halt and (b) reverse species decline in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Slough more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
uin 240631 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
answer text <p>Domestic biodiversity policy is a devolved matter and the information provided relates to England only, except in relation to our plans internationally.</p><p> </p><p>The UK Government is taking a range of steps to both halt and reverse species decline.</p><p> </p><p>We protect a wide variety of our most threatened native species through the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulation 2017. These laws make it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or capture listed species, as well as damage or destroy breeding sites.</p><p> </p><p>Our agencies and non-Departmental bodies are working on species recovery projects with landowning and conservation partners, for example on freshwater pearl mussel, short-haired bumblebee and stone curlew.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Our 25 Year Environment Plan steps up our ambition further, setting long-term goals for recovering nature and setting out over 200 actions to enhance the environment including developing a Nature Recovery Network which will provide an expanding and increasingly connected network of places for wildlife to thrive. Our National Pollinator Strategy sets out actions to tackle risks to insect populations, such as habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pests and disease and climate change. We are supporting science-led restrictions on neonicotinoids, have introduced agri-environment packages to support farmers to put wild flowers back into fields, and continue to tackle threats from invasive species such as the Asian hornet. We have also consulted on an ambitious third tranche of 41 Marine Conservation Zones. Sites to be designated in this tranche will be announced and in place by 7 June.</p><p> </p><p>The ongoing declines in nature are a global problem that need a global solution. That is why the UK is committed to playing a leading role in developing a global post-2020 framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity that is ambitious and transformational. Our Darwin Initiative supports global action by providing grants to protect biodiversity and the natural environment, with £10.6 million awarded in 2018. Defra has contributed almost £6 million over the last three years to Darwin Plus for Overseas Territories’ biodiversity. We continue to support activities to end poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, and have recently passed new legislation to close our domestic ivory market, which will be the toughest ivory ban in Europe and one of the toughest in the world. The UK Government has committed to protecting the ocean and has called for at least 30 per cent of the ocean to be in Marine Protected Areas by 2030.</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 2019-04-08T14:51:34.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-08T14:51:34.157Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4638
label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1086782
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
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 much his Department has spent in restoring British endangered species in each if the last three years. more like this
tabling member constituency Workington more like this
tabling member printed
Sue Hayman more like this
uin 230847 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
answer text <p>This is a devolved matter and the information provided relates to England only.</p><p> </p><p>Natural England runs a Species Recovery Programme which directly supports research and action to recover endangered or threatened species. Funding allocations for the Programme were £873,000, £737,000 and £777,000 in the years 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.</p><p> </p><p>This is only a small proportion of the Government’s expenditure on threatened species. Species conservation is integrated into funding programmes for protected sites, agri-environment schemes and wider investment in wildlife-rich habitats and ecosystems.</p><p> </p><p>Defra’s agencies and non-departmental bodies also work with a range of partners to support the recovery of threatened species. Natural England is working with a range of conservation organisations on the externally funded Back from the Brink programme to protect threatened species and their habitats. The Environment Agency is working with partners to support the conservation of freshwater priority species such as the freshwater pearl mussel and salmon.</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 2019-03-14T10:08:15.043Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-14T10:08:15.043Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4395
label Biography information for Sue Hayman more like this
1078754
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
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 recent assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of conservation covenants for nature and wildlife. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 226629 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-08more like thismore than 2019-03-08
answer text <p>The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan commits us to assess the demand and potential for conservation covenants to secure long-term benefits for nature and to work with stakeholders to review and take forward the Law Commission proposals for a statutory scheme in England.</p><p> </p><p>The Law Commission had reviewed the evidence for their use and effectiveness in other countries and undertook a consultation exercise in 2013 to determine if they could be effective and should be introduced here. It concluded that conservation covenants had the potential to deliver lasting conservation benefits for nature and wildlife, as well as other outcomes. A copy of its report can be found at <a href="https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/conservation-covenants" target="_blank">https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/conservation-covenants</a></p><p> </p><p>The Government opened a consultation on 22 February on conservation covenants. The consultation seeks views on the potential effectiveness of covenants in securing benefits for nature. We will review the responses once the consultation closes. The consultation can be found at</p><p><a href="https://consult.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-management/conservation-covenants/" target="_blank">https://consult.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-management/conservation-covenants/</a>.</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 2019-03-08T15:09:05.027Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-08T15:09:05.027Z
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
1077515
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-26more like thismore than 2019-02-26
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
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 plans to preserve rare and native breeds by categorising genetic resources as public goods. more like this
tabling member constituency South Suffolk more like this
tabling member printed
James Cartlidge more like this
uin 226184 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-04more like thismore than 2019-03-04
answer text <p>The Agriculture Bill sets out an ambitious future for farming outside of the EU, moving towards a system where public money is invested in things which the public value, in particular protecting and enhancing our environment. Public goods include clean air, clean and plentiful water, and thriving plants and wildlife.</p><p> </p><p>Farmers and land managers can deliver these public goods through managing their assets. Genetic resources are an important asset. For example, preserving genetic resources can strengthen pest and disease resilience which contributes towards improving the health and welfare of livestock (clause 1(1)(f) of Agriculture Bill). Similarly, grazing native, local breeds in upland areas can contribute towards enhancement of our cultural and natural heritage (clause 1(1)(c) of Agriculture Bill).</p><p><em> </em></p><p>The financial assistance powers in clause 1(1) and 1(2) in the Agriculture Bill could be used to support genetic resources where this contributes to the delivery of the purpose set out in the clause.</p><p><em> </em></p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-04T12:06:44.313Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-04T12:06:44.313Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4519
label Biography information for James Cartlidge more like this
1042204
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-16more like thismore than 2019-01-16
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the protection of endangered species. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 908630 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-17more like thismore than 2019-01-17
answer text <p>Ministers regularly meet with the Foreign Secretary to discuss international species conservation issues. Our close working delivered the highly successful Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London in October last year, which brought together global leaders to drive forward action to end this despicable trade. Our ban on ivory sales through the Ivory Act is one of the toughest in the world and demonstrates our joint leadership to galvanise action around the world.</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 2019-01-17T16:14:23.503Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T16:14:23.503Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1002214
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what acreage of land in England is owned by conservation bodies; and which bodies own such acreage. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Byford more like this
uin HL11235 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
answer text <p>Natural England is the statutory nature conservation body in England.</p><p> </p><p>There are currently 224 National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in England, with an approximate area of 94,000 hectares. Natural England manages in whole or in part 143 NNRs, with a total area of approximately 65,000 hectares. Of these, Natural England owns about 20,000 hectares, leases about 30,000 hectares, and manages about 15,000 hectares under Nature Reserve Agreements. The remainder are managed by 53 'Approved Bodies' (organisations approved by Natural England to manage NNRs under Section 35 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981). Almost all NNRs are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) (over 99% by area) and 84% is designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Areas (SPA), or both.</p><p> </p><p>Defra does not hold information on individual land ownership outside the government estate, although many environmental non-government organisations are open about the size of their land holdings. For example, the National Trust and the RSPB, both of whom own significant area of land, publish data and maps of their reserve boundaries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p><p>The public forest estate in England, which is managed by Forest Enterprise England (an executive agency sponsored by the Forestry Commission), covers over 250,000 hectares and is managed for multiple purposes, including conservation.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-12T14:41:07.893Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T14:41:07.893Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
3343
label Biography information for Baroness Byford more like this
994621
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-10-25more like thismore than 2018-10-25
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
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, with reference to the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan, what provision there is for short-term protection of (a) bats and (b) other species with life spans of five to eight years; and what steps he plans to take to increase protection for mature hedgerows from developers. more like this
tabling member constituency West Lancashire more like this
tabling member printed
Rosie Cooper more like this
uin 183899 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-02more like thismore than 2018-11-02
answer text <p>A wide variety of species are afforded protection under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2017) and under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, including all species of bat found in this country. All listed species are covered irrespective of their expected lifespan, which is not a criterion in identifying the need for protection of a species.</p><p> </p><p>Legal protection for hedgerows is provided by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. These regulations prohibit the removal of most countryside hedgerows (or parts of them) without first seeking approval from the local planning authority, which is required to decide whether a hedgerow is ‘important’ because of its wildlife, landscape, historical (i.e. more than 30 years old) or archaeological value and as such should not be removed.</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 2018-11-02T14:33:23.113Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-02T14:33:23.113Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
1538
label Biography information for Rosie Cooper more like this
931041
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-06-25more like thismore than 2018-06-25
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Nature Conservation remove filter
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 Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to protect local wildlife sites through the National Planning Policy Framework; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashford more like this
tabling member printed
Damian Green more like this
uin 157003 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-07-04more like thismore than 2018-07-04
answer text <p>This Government is committed to the strengthened environmental protections proposed in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and making these clear. The revised Framework we consulted on proposed a number of measures, including by requiring local authorities to improve biodiversity and air quality, and delivering our manifesto commitment to increase the protection for ancient woodland. We engaged relevant stakeholders during the consultation, which closed on 10 May 2018, and we are currently considering responses. The revised NPPF and the Government’s response will be published this summer.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Esher and Walton more like this
answering member printed Dominic Raab more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-07-04T16:02:48.71Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-04T16:02:48.71Z
answering member
4007
label Biography information for Dominic Raab more like this
tabling member
76
label Biography information for Damian Green more like this
899973
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-05-08more like thismore than 2018-05-08
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering a change to the protection afforded to Local Wildlife Sites; if so, why; and what assessment they have made of the effect of reduced protection for such sites. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer more like this
uin HL7636 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-05-16more like thismore than 2018-05-16
answer text <p>The Government is committed to protecting Local Wildlife Sites and is not considering a change in the protection afforded to them. In our 25 Year Environment Plan we have committed to improving and extending our network of wildlife rich habitats, and Local Wildlife Sites are an important part of our existing habitat resource. We want to make sure that Local Wildlife Sites continue to be appropriately protected. The Housing Minister recently met the Wildlife Trusts and wrote to all MPs and Peers to make clear his commitment to ensuring clarity concerning these protections in the National Planning Policy Framework.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-05-16T14:45:33.62Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-16T14:45:33.62Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
1934
label Biography information for Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer more like this
823199
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-15more like thismore than 2018-01-15
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 Nature Conservation remove filter
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce regular reviews of protected species designations; and if so, what timeframe they propose for such reviews. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
uin HL4690 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-01-25more like thismore than 2018-01-25
answer text <p>In accordance with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, a review of the domestic animal and plant species listed for protection is conducted every five years. Implementing changes as a result of the review is a matter for the UK Government and devolved administrations.</p><p> </p><p>We believe a five-yearly review is proportionate as the status of species rarely alters at a greater rate. If necessary, interim amendments can be made in the event of a sudden change in the conservation status of an individual species.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-25T15:55:33.677Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-25T15:55:33.677Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
384
label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this