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unstar this property date less than 2020-05-19more like thismore than 2020-05-19
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Food Supply: Coronavirus more like this
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unstar this property question text What steps he is taking to maintain food supplies for vulnerable people during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-19more like thismore than 2020-05-19
star this property answer text <p>Shielded individuals can opt to receive deliveries of food and essential supplies if they are without a support network of friends and family while self-isolating at home.</p><p>We have been working with food retailers, delivery organisations and volunteer groups to help support the non-shielded vulnerable, who are avoiding going to the shops if possible. A range of options are available for those people, including asking for an NHS Volunteer Responder to do their shopping for them – 100,000 people have had help with community tasks like shopping from NHS responders so far. Many charities and community organisations are also providing voluntary shop and drop services, as are neighbours and other community volunteers. If the situation is urgent, local authorities can also offer support and services, and we are working with them to help make sure that they have a range of ways to help those who contact them.</p><p>We are also working to help those having difficulty affording food. The Government has announced up to £16 million to provide food for those who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The programme will provide millions of meals over the next 12 weeks and be delivered through charities including FareShare and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). At least 5,000 frontline charities in England will benefit, including refuges, homeless shelters and rehabilitation services. It will cover rural areas as well as cities, targeting those who are struggling to get food.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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902737 more like this
902741 more like this
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less than 2020-05-19T17:15:19.097Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-19T17:15:19.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1190035
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unstar this property date less than 2020-04-24more like thismore than 2020-04-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Food Supply: Coronavirus more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure food supply chains are safeguarded during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 39701 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 2020-04-29more like thismore than 2020-04-29
star this property answer text <p>The Government has well-established ways of working with the food industry during disruption to supply situations. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have intensified our discussions with the industry and together we are continuing to monitor the situation closely, taking the necessary steps to address issues wherever they arise.</p><p> </p><p>Following a significant spike in consumer demand in early March, we have subsequently seen stock levels in supermarkets constantly and significantly improve. To support the food sector, the Government temporarily relaxed competition law and regulations relating to driver hours and delivery times so that the sector could work together to keep putting food on the shelves.</p><p> </p><p>We welcome the actions that the industry is taking, including hiring more staff, and prioritising delivery slots and shopping times for those that need them most. We are grateful for the extensive support and positive collaboration that they have shown. We will continue this engagement with industry to keep food supply chains flowing and make sure people have the food and products they need.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 39704 more like this
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less than 2020-04-29T14:42:02.037Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-29T14:42:02.037Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1190036
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unstar this property date less than 2020-04-24more like thismore than 2020-04-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Agriculture: Coronavirus more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support the Government is providing to farmers to ensure they are able to harvest their crops during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-04more like thismore than 2020-05-04
star this property answer text <p>The ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak have meant that there will be a shortfall in the numbers of workers who usually travel to the UK from Europe to work during the harvest season, with the demand for workers peaking from late May through the summer. We need to mobilise the British workforce to fill that gap and make sure our excellent fruit and vegetables are on people's plates over the summer months.</p><p> </p><p>Farming leaders have already kick-started a recruitment drive for work on farms. With many British workers furloughed from their jobs, and students having to put their summer plans on hold, the Government is supporting industry efforts to help farmers bring in this year’s harvest, working to build on these numbers.</p><p> </p><p>The majority of roles for the early part of the harvest season have already been filled. We are closely monitoring the situation and we will shortly be launching a public- facing campaign to highlight the roles available from late May onwards and to encourage people to apply. The Government has confirmed that those who have been furloughed from their jobs due to coronavirus, and who are contractually allowed to work for another employer, can take on this seasonal work.</p><p>The Pick for Britain website is a recently launched joint Defra and industry initiative to support this effort. The website will act as a central hub to signpost people to the jobs available and to hold guidance and resources so growers, workers and industry can have a single place to go, available at <a href="https://pickforbritain.org.uk/" target="_blank">https://pickforbritain.org.uk/</a>. The website will also provide links to a wide range of recruitment campaigns organised by labour providers. The Pick for Britain website includes links to the Government's 'Find A Job' website, which will give access to a wide reach of potential applicants. The Find a Job website has more than 1.6 million registered users and is available here: <a href="https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/</a>.</p><p>Our farmers are doing a fantastic job of feeding the nation during this challenging time. To help our farmers, industry Best Practice Guidance for employers of seasonal agricultural workers to avoid the spread of coronavirus has also now been published, which has been endorsed by Public Health England: <a href="https://ahdb.org.uk/coronavirus/social-distancing-farm-businesses" target="_blank">https://ahdb.org.uk/coronavirus/social-distancing-farm-businesses</a>.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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less than 2020-05-04T16:12:41.97Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-04T16:12:41.97Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1190037
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unstar this property date less than 2020-04-24more like thismore than 2020-04-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Agriculture: Seasonal Workers more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure farmers have access to the seasonal workers required to harvest crops during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 39703 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 2020-04-29more like thismore than 2020-04-29
star this property answer text <p>The ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak have meant that there will be a shortfall in the numbers of workers who usually travel to the UK from Europe to work during the harvest season, with the demand for workers peaking from late May through the summer. We need to mobilise the British workforce to fill that gap and make sure our excellent fruit and vegetables are on people's plates over the summer months.</p><p> </p><p>Farming leaders have already kick-started a recruitment drive for work on farms, with thousands of British people already expressing an interest in picking up seasonal agricultural work over the coming weeks and months. With many British workers furloughed from their jobs, and students having to put their summer plans on hold, the Government is supporting industry efforts to help farmers bring in this year’s harvest, working to build on these numbers.</p><p> </p><p>The majority of roles for the early part of the harvest season have already been filled. We are closely monitoring the situation and we will shortly be launching a public- facing campaign to highlight the roles available from late May onwards and to encourage people to apply. The Government has confirmed that those who have been furloughed from their jobs due to coronavirus, and who are contractually allowed to work for another employer, can take on this seasonal work.</p><p> </p><p>The Pick for Britain website is a recently launched joint Defra and industry initiative to support this effort. The website will act as a central hub to signpost people to the jobs available and to hold guidance and resources so growers, workers and industry can have a single place to go, available at https://pickforbritain.org.uk/. The website will also provide links to a wide range of recruitment campaigns organised by labour providers. The Pick for Britain website includes links to the Government's 'Find A Job' website, which will give access to a wide reach of potential applicants. The Find a Job website has more than 1.6 million registered users and is available here: https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/.</p><p> </p><p>Our farmers are doing a fantastic job of feeding the nation during this challenging time. To help our farmers, industry Best Practice Guidance for employers of seasonal agricultural workers to avoid the spread of coronavirus has also now been published, which has been endorsed by Public Health England: https://ahdb.org.uk/coronavirus/social-distancing-farm-businesses.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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less than 2020-04-29T16:36:20.84Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-29T16:36:20.84Z
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4401
star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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4671
unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1190038
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unstar this property date less than 2020-04-24more like thismore than 2020-04-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Food Supply: Coronavirus more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure food supply during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 39704 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 2020-04-29more like thismore than 2020-04-29
star this property answer text <p>The Government has well-established ways of working with the food industry during disruption to supply situations. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have intensified our discussions with the industry and together we are continuing to monitor the situation closely, taking the necessary steps to address issues wherever they arise.</p><p> </p><p>Following a significant spike in consumer demand in early March, we have subsequently seen stock levels in supermarkets constantly and significantly improve. To support the food sector, the Government temporarily relaxed competition law and regulations relating to driver hours and delivery times so that the sector could work together to keep putting food on the shelves.</p><p> </p><p>We welcome the actions that the industry is taking, including hiring more staff, and prioritising delivery slots and shopping times for those that need them most. We are grateful for the extensive support and positive collaboration that they have shown. We will continue this engagement with industry to keep food supply chains flowing and make sure people have the food and products they need.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 39701 more like this
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less than 2020-04-29T14:42:02.077Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-29T14:42:02.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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4671
unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1188399
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unstar this property date less than 2020-04-20more like thismore than 2020-04-20
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Horticulture: Coronavirus more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2020 to Question 33584 on Horticulture: Coronavirus, what steps her Department plans to take in response to discussions with the Horticultural Trades Association; and whether garden centres will be allowed to re-open during the covid-19 lockdown. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 37836 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 2020-04-29more like thismore than 2020-04-29
star this property answer text <p>The Government is aware of the challenges currently faced by garden centres and plant nurseries. We continue to work closely with representatives from the horticulture supply chain, including the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) to understand what short-term and long-term support the sector needs.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is keeping the situation on Garden Centres under review, but concluded last week that it was too early to ease any restrictions on such retail environments. We will continue to work closely with the representatives from the horticulture supply chain to understand what short-term and long-term support the sector as a whole needs. We are ready to work with the industry to respond to emerging issues quickly and effectively.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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less than 2020-04-29T09:53:15.097Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-29T09:53:15.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1188400
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unstar this property date less than 2020-04-20more like thismore than 2020-04-20
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Horticulture: Coronavirus more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to provide support to garden centres and plant nurseries during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 37837 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 2020-04-28more like thismore than 2020-04-28
star this property answer text <p>The Government is aware of the challenges currently faced by garden centres and plant nurseries.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is keeping the situation on garden centres under review, but concluded last week that it was too early to ease any restrictions on such retail environments. We will continue to work closely with the representatives from the horticulture supply chain to understand what short-term and long-term support the sector as a whole needs. We are ready to work with the industry to respond to emerging issues quickly and effectively.</p><p> </p><p>On 17 March the Chancellor announced an unprecedented package of government support for businesses and the economy. As part of this, ornamental horticulture businesses are able to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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less than 2020-04-28T12:13:30.383Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-28T12:13:30.383Z
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4401
star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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4671
unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1187873
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unstar this property date less than 2020-03-25more like thismore than 2020-03-25
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Supermarkets: Coronavirus more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that supermarkets are raising prices for basic staple foods during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 35049 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-04-21more like thismore than 2020-04-21
star this property answer text <p>It is not for the UK Government to set retail food prices or comment on day-to-day commercial decisions. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has developed a timely indication of price change for high-demand products (HDP) covering the period 16 March to 5 April 2020. A weekly index is being produced for each of these items. In the most recently published release (week to 5 April) prices for food items in the HDP basket were 0.4% higher than the base period starting 16 March.</p><p> </p><p>These are not national statistics and Government will also continue to monitor the monthly Consumer Prices Index including Housing Costs (CPIH) for food prices.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Banbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Prentis more like this
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less than 2020-04-21T15:18:06.303Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-21T15:18:06.303Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
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4671
unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1185247
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unstar this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Clean Air Zones: Computer Software more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the software required to enforce clean air zones is available by 2021. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 29995 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-03-24more like thismore than 2020-03-24
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The UK-wide Pollinator Monitoring Research Partnership was established with funding from Defra and the Scottish and Welsh Governments.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">The total cost over the three-year project period from 2016 to 2019 was £282,720.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">In-kind contributions from UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK CEH) and other academic and voluntary organisations were also committed to the project, to a value of £201,804 (for example for staff time, data sharing, software). The monitoring work itself was co-ordinated by UK CEH.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">A follow-up project is now underway, building on the outcomes from this first one. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website at:</del></p><p><del class="ministerial"><a href="http://sciencesearch.defra.gov.uk/" target="_blank">http://sciencesearch.defra.gov.uk/</a></del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Government is working with a number of local authorities to put in place the digital infrastructure to support Clean Air Zones. The vehicle compliance checker launched earlier this year, with the payment portal launching in the summer. This will enable users to check if they may be charged to drive in a zone.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Local authorities will be responsible for the enforcement of Clean Air Zones and the collection of any penalty payments arising.</ins></p>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-03-24T16:19:52.813Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-24T16:19:52.813Z
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less than 2020-04-02T14:46:59.787Zmore like thismore than 2020-04-02T14:46:59.787Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1185248
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unstar this property date less than 2020-03-16more like thismore than 2020-03-16
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Clean Air Zones: Enforcement more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who will be responsible for collecting payments in relation to the enforcement of clean air zones. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
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Afzal Khan remove filter
star this property uin 29996 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 2020-03-24more like thismore than 2020-03-24
star this property answer text <p>The UK-wide Pollinator Monitoring Research Partnership was established with funding from Defra and the Scottish and Welsh Governments.</p><p>The total cost over the three-year project period from 2016 to 2019 was £282,720.</p><p>In-kind contributions from UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK CEH) and other academic and voluntary organisations were also committed to the project, to a value of £201,804 (for example for staff time, data sharing, software). The monitoring work itself was co-ordinated by UK CEH.</p><p>A follow-up project is now underway, building on the outcomes from this first one. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website at:</p><p><a href="http://sciencesearch.defra.gov.uk/" target="_blank">http://sciencesearch.defra.gov.uk/</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 29995 more like this
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less than 2020-03-24T16:19:52.873Zmore like thismore than 2020-03-24T16:19:52.873Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this