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47235
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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
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, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy of the findings of the European Commission's Epilobee Study, published on 2 April 2014; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 195673 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
answer text <p> </p><p>Defra has received a copy of the report on the findings of the Epilobee Study and is considering its content.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We take the issue of honeybee health seriously. We have a long-established bee health programme, which includes inspection of colonies, diagnosis of bee pests and diseases, and training for beekeepers. Bee health forms a key part of the National Pollinator Strategy, which is currently out for consultation.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
47237
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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
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 studies the Government has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on the effects of pesticides on honeybee mortality. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 195674 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
answer text <p> </p><p>Pesticides are authorised for sale and use only if effects on non-target species, including honeybees, are not unacceptable.</p><p>The Government has, over a number of years, commissioned broader research on the effects of pesticides on honeybees. Details of all Defra research can be found at <a href="http://randd.defra.gov.uk/" target="_blank">http://randd.defra.gov.uk/</a></p><p>Current Defra research projects include:</p><ul><li>· PS2370 <em>Interpretation of pesticide residues in honeybees</em></li><li>· PS2374 <em>Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) of the effects of pesticides on foraging bees</em></li><li>· PS2376 <em>Evaluation of procedures to improve estimates of exposure of pollinators to neonicotinoid insecticides</em></li></ul><p>In addition, one of the nine projects being carried out under the Insect Pollinators Initiative (which is part-funded by Defra) is <em>An investigation into the synergistic impact of sub-lethal exposure to industrial chemicals on the learning capacity and performance of bees</em>.</p><p>Research needs in this area are kept under active consideration.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
47238
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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
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 steps the Government has taken to protect the UK's honeybee population. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 195672 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
answer text <p> </p><p>Recent steps taken by Defra to protect the UK's honeybee population include the launch of the National Pollinator Strategy and conducting a 12 month policy review, in collaboration with stakeholders, on the pests and diseases affecting honeybees. Longer term initiatives include the Healthy Bees Plan and continued funding of the National Bee Unit.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
62046
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-16more like thismore than 2014-06-16
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 Timber: 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 the Government is taking to prevent illegally-harvested timber and endangered hardwoods being imported into the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 200944 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-19more like thismore than 2014-06-19
answer text <p> </p><p>In March 2013 the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulations were introduced in the UK. The regulations implement the EU Timber Regulation, which aims to prevent the trade of illegally harvested timber in the EU by:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>prohibiting the placing of illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market for the first time;</li><li>requiring operators who place timber products on the market for the first time to exercise ‘due diligence'; and</li><li>requiring traders to keep records of their suppliers and customers in order to facilitate the traceability of timber products through the supply chain.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK also provides financial and in-country support to the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process between the EU and timber producing countries under the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. Once VPAs are in operation, EU-bound timber exports will be issued with FLEGT licences which guarantee the timber's legality.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the import of a number of endangered hardwood species into the UK is controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) licensing system. The system aims to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival of endangered species and is implemented in the EU by the Wildlife Trade Regulations.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-06-19T10:58:36.4136566Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-19T10:58:36.4136566Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
62047
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-16more like thismore than 2014-06-16
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 Timber: 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 guidance his Department issues on types of timber it discourages from being imported to the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 200945 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-19more like thismore than 2014-06-19
answer text <p> </p><p>The EU Timber Regulation aims to prevent the trade of illegally harvested timber in the EU by laying down obligations on operators who place timber and timber products on the market and those who subsequently trade in them. It was implemented in the UK by the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulations in March 2013.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Guidance on how UK operators and traders can comply with the EU Timber Regulation, including the list of products that are in scope of the regulation, is available at: <a href="http://www.gov.uk/eu-timber-regulation-guidance-for-business-and-industry" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/eu-timber-regulation-guidance-for-business-and-industry#guidance</a>. The National Measurement Office, the UK enforcement authority for the EU Timber Regulation, also administers an advice and enquiry service for industry, as well as undertaking an ongoing programme of activities designed to raise awareness and promote compliance.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-06-19T15:55:23.2443827Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-19T15:55:23.2443827Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
64022
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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 Timber: Trade 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, if he will meet environmental groups and specialists in the field to discuss the trade of legal hardwood timber and associated environmental concerns. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 202453 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p>Defra recently hosted a stakeholder event on the European Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Regulations, at which Lord de Mauley met interested parties, including several NGOs. Next month he will be speaking at a launch event for WWF's major upcoming timber campaign, which will be another chance to engage directly with a range of interested parties.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As responsible minister, Lord de Mauley would be happy to consider any invitations to meetings on this subject.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T16:28:06.8614529Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T16:28:06.8614529Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
64023
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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 Rain Forests: 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 his Department is taking to raise awareness about steps to protect and preserve rainforests worldwide. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 202454 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
answer text <p> </p><p>Defra is the UK competent authority for the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation, which are designed to counter illegal logging and help protect rainforests. Information on both is published on Defra's Central Point of Expertise for Timber Procurement (CPET). Information on EUTR is also published on GOV.UK. The National Measurement Office, which enforces EUTR and FLEGT on Defra's behalf, speaks at numerous events at which it raises awareness of the legislation.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Defra is responsible for £140 million of the International Climate Fund (ICF) dedicated to international forestry projects. Our ICF spending so far has targeted rainforest deforestation in Brazil and contributed towards the World Bank's Biocarbon Fund. Case studies of ICF projects are described on GOV.UK, and details of ICF spending are made available through the International Aid Transparency Initiative.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-06-30T15:01:37.6064701Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T15:01:37.6064701Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
90068
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
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 Agriculture: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 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 the UK is taking to monitor the effect of the UK food industry on greenhouse gas emissions. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 207747 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-09-04more like thismore than 2014-09-04
answer text <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p>The Food Statistics Pocketbook 2013 (<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/food-statistics-pocketbook" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/food-statistics-pocketbook</a>) contains a chapter on environmental statistics, including greenhouse gas emissions. Around 176 million tonnes of CO<sub>2</sub> equivalent greenhouse gases (mt CO<sub>2</sub>e) were emitted within the UK from domestic agri-food sector activity in 2011. This excludes emissions from non-fertiliser pre-farm gate production, food packaging, food waste and land use change; the largest contributor is net trade in food and drink, estimated at 61 mt CO<sub>2</sub>e. The UK farming and fishing sector was the second largest contributor, accounting for 55.1mt CO<sub>2</sub>e.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-09-04T12:21:32.12075Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-04T12:21:32.12075Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
93188
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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 Supply 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 her policy is on reduction of the virtual footprint of UK water usage. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 210586 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-17more like thismore than 2014-10-17
answer text <p>The Government recognises we must ensure a sustainable and secure water supply for the future. Defra encourages businesses to become more water efficient by, for example, incentivising the purchase of water efficient technology and providing business tools to manage their water use so as to save water and money.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Through the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Defra supports sector-led action to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of products sold in the UK. In some cases, this includes looking at their water footprint. For example, signatories of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan have committed to a 15% reduction in water use per tonne of clothing by 2020.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As part of its wider work to ensure the UK has a secure, environmentally sustainable and affordable supply of food, the UK government is encouraging the UK food and drink industry to use resources more sustainably. Lead trade associations and major businesses have developed sustainability strategies, which include targets to measure and reduce water use. For example, the Federation House Commitment aims to help reduce overall water usage across the food and drink sector by 20% by 2020.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are also looking to improve water efficiency internationally through ongoing negotiations on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-10-17T13:55:27.6871941Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-17T13:55:27.6871941Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
93192
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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 Timber: 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, if she will make it her policy to reduce the import of any hardwood timber from tropical forests. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 210589 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-17more like thismore than 2014-10-17
answer text <p>The import of hardwood timber from tropical forests is governed by a robust regulatory framework.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The EU Timber Regulation prevents the import of illegally-harvested timber into the EU by laying down obligations on operators who place timber and timber products on the market and those who subsequently trade in them. It was implemented in the UK by the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulations in March 2013.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK supports the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process between the EU and timber producing countries, many of which contain tropical forests, under the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. The VPA process helps timber producing countries to stop illegal logging by driving improvements in the regulation and governance of the forest sector. Once in operation, VPAs will ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the import of a number of endangered hardwood species into the UK is controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) licensing system. The system aims to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival of endangered species and is implemented in the EU by the Wildlife Trade Regulations.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
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less than 2014-10-17T13:56:53.0228731Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-17T13:56:53.0228731Z
answering member
1504
label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this