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99726
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-17more like thismore than 2014-10-17
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 Rivers: Pollution more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent plastic contaminants in UK river basins from reaching the sea. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 211006 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
answer text <p>The Government focuses on preventing litter from entering rivers and the sea by reducing it at source.</p><p>Through the waste hierarchy, we seek to reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place and to encourage greater reuse and recycling of goods and materials. The Waste Prevention Programme for England, published in December last year, sets out actions for government, businesses, the wider public sector, civil society and consumers to prevent waste.</p><p>Where litter is found on waterside land, the responsibility for rectifying it depends on the ownership and management arrangements. The responsibility for removing litter may fall on local authorities, appropriate Crown authorities, designated statutory undertakers and the governing bodies of educational institutions. All of these bodies have a statutory duty to keep specified land clear of litter and refuse. The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse recommends that canals and waterside areas should be subject to regular and systematic management and monitoring of litter and refuse.</p><p>Investment by the water companies to improve sewerage infrastructure has resulted in a significant reduction in sewage-related litter entering rivers and the sea through screening of discharges and improvements to sewage treatment.</p><p>We welcome work such as that done by Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water through their RiverCare programme to engage local communities in clearing litter, removing non-native species, surveying and monitoring flora and fauna and carrying out habitat management and restoration in their local rivers.</p><p>Defra will shortly be consulting on a programme of measures, including for marine litter, as part of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The UK is contributing to the OSPAR convention’s regional action plan on marine litter in the north-east Atlantic.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Defra has not undertaken any recent studies into the effect of plastic and litter contamination on rivers; however, Defra is funding a study into the possible effects of microplastics in the marine environment.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
grouped question UIN
211007 more like this
211008 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-22T16:59:03.4024908Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-22T16:59:03.4024908Z
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
99727
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-17more like thismore than 2014-10-17
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Water: Pollution 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 her Department is taking to (a) prevent and (b) rectify plastic and litter contamination of (i) UK river basins and (ii) the sea. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 211007 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
answer text <p>The Government focuses on preventing litter from entering rivers and the sea by reducing it at source.</p><p>Through the waste hierarchy, we seek to reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place and to encourage greater reuse and recycling of goods and materials. The Waste Prevention Programme for England, published in December last year, sets out actions for government, businesses, the wider public sector, civil society and consumers to prevent waste.</p><p>Where litter is found on waterside land, the responsibility for rectifying it depends on the ownership and management arrangements. The responsibility for removing litter may fall on local authorities, appropriate Crown authorities, designated statutory undertakers and the governing bodies of educational institutions. All of these bodies have a statutory duty to keep specified land clear of litter and refuse. The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse recommends that canals and waterside areas should be subject to regular and systematic management and monitoring of litter and refuse.</p><p>Investment by the water companies to improve sewerage infrastructure has resulted in a significant reduction in sewage-related litter entering rivers and the sea through screening of discharges and improvements to sewage treatment.</p><p>We welcome work such as that done by Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water through their RiverCare programme to engage local communities in clearing litter, removing non-native species, surveying and monitoring flora and fauna and carrying out habitat management and restoration in their local rivers.</p><p>Defra will shortly be consulting on a programme of measures, including for marine litter, as part of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The UK is contributing to the OSPAR convention’s regional action plan on marine litter in the north-east Atlantic.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Defra has not undertaken any recent studies into the effect of plastic and litter contamination on rivers; however, Defra is funding a study into the possible effects of microplastics in the marine environment.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
grouped question UIN
211006 more like this
211008 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-22T16:59:03.8721583Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-22T16:59:03.8721583Z
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
99728
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-17more like thismore than 2014-10-17
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 Rivers: Pollution more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to study the effect of plastic and litter contamination of UK river basins on local biodiversity. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 211008 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
answer text <p>The Government focuses on preventing litter from entering rivers and the sea by reducing it at source.</p><p>Through the waste hierarchy, we seek to reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place and to encourage greater reuse and recycling of goods and materials. The Waste Prevention Programme for England, published in December last year, sets out actions for government, businesses, the wider public sector, civil society and consumers to prevent waste.</p><p>Where litter is found on waterside land, the responsibility for rectifying it depends on the ownership and management arrangements. The responsibility for removing litter may fall on local authorities, appropriate Crown authorities, designated statutory undertakers and the governing bodies of educational institutions. All of these bodies have a statutory duty to keep specified land clear of litter and refuse. The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse recommends that canals and waterside areas should be subject to regular and systematic management and monitoring of litter and refuse.</p><p>Investment by the water companies to improve sewerage infrastructure has resulted in a significant reduction in sewage-related litter entering rivers and the sea through screening of discharges and improvements to sewage treatment.</p><p>We welcome work such as that done by Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water through their RiverCare programme to engage local communities in clearing litter, removing non-native species, surveying and monitoring flora and fauna and carrying out habitat management and restoration in their local rivers.</p><p>Defra will shortly be consulting on a programme of measures, including for marine litter, as part of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The UK is contributing to the OSPAR convention’s regional action plan on marine litter in the north-east Atlantic.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Defra has not undertaken any recent studies into the effect of plastic and litter contamination on rivers; however, Defra is funding a study into the possible effects of microplastics in the marine environment.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
answering member printed Dan Rogerson remove filter
grouped question UIN
211006 more like this
211007 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-22T16:59:03.2618118Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-22T16:59:03.2618118Z
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
93187
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 Forests 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 degradation and deforestation of woodland. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 210585 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
answer text <p>Our Forestry and Woodland Policy Statement, published in January 2013, set out our three overall policy priorities. These are to protect, improve and expand our woodland resource. We are now implementing the actions we proposed to achieve these objectives. We have made tree and plant health a high priority as demonstrated in our recent Tree Heath Management Plan; and we are seeing increases in the area of woodland under management. Taken together with relevant regulatory frameworks regarding the felling of trees, they will significantly help to protect our woodlands from degradation and deforestation.</p><p> </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 2014-11-05T15:07:57.8674969Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:07:57.8674969Z
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
175704
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
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 Fossil Fuels 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, with reference to the article by Christophe McGlade and Paul Ekins entitled The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2°C, published in Nature on 8 January 2015, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the research contained in that paper. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 221959 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-29more like thismore than 2015-01-29
answer text <p>Defra is committed to understanding the sustainability of the major changes in energy infrastructure and use needed to meet climate change goals. We are currently leading the Sustainable Pathways to Low Carbon Energy (SPLiCE) research programme which aims to fill important gaps in knowledge about the environmental, social and economic consequences, both positive and negative, of different energy system components which could form part of a low carbon energy infrastructure by 2050. We will consider the results of Phase 1, which runs to June this year, to inform decisions on future research needs.</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 2015-01-29T11:12:08.763Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-29T11:12:08.763Z
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