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Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease (9 April 2014)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when his Department will (a) complete and (b) publish its review of the Chalara Management Plan; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the reasons are for the time taken for the review of the Chalara management plan; why the updated plan was not published by the Government's March 2014 target; and if he will make...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease (13 March 2014)

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the geographical spread and impact of ash dieback disease.

Scottish Parliament: Year of Natural Scotland (11 March 2014)

Claire Baker: ...crime. I would like the minister to address that in his closing speech. The minister mentioned the Scots pine’s designation as our national tree. We are pushed for time this afternoon but, following concern about ash dieback and other tree diseases in recent years, it would be good if the minister could say a wee bit about where we are in relation to addressing tree health. Graeme...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Spring Supplementary Estimates 2013-14 and Vote on Account 2014-15 (10 February 2014)

Paul Frew: ...; Over the past few years, every MLA has been all too familiar with flooding and the devastation and misery it brings to families, so we are pleased that DARD and the Rivers Agency are taking it seriously and that the finance will be available to carry on this important work in 2014-15. The Committee has also taken a keen interest in tree disease, and we are pleased to note that it has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Agriculture (20 January 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Michelle O'Neill: ...the ongoing cross-border cooperation in an effort to control and eradicate tree diseases. DARD's spore monitoring equipment, for example, will be put in place by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at a Chalara ash dieback outbreak site in County Leitrim, which will assist the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and allow AFBI to test the use of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Diseases (9 January 2014)

Dan Rogerson: There are a number of threats, as my hon. Friend will know. We are of course concerned about ash, although ash dieback is a disease that takes several years to progress, and we are obviously concerned about larch as well. Across the range of species, we maintain under review all potential threats that are not yet in this country.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Ash Dieback (22 October 2013)

Ash Dieback

Backbench Business — Future of the BBC: Natural Capital (England and Wales) (21 October 2013)

Caroline Spelman: ...soil, water, air, carbon, energy and minerals, through to wild species habitats and landscapes. I therefore urge the Government to get on with overlaying those assets with a risk assessment and give us a time scale for achieving that. Ash dieback is an example of a significant loss of natural capital through natural causes. However, in order to estimate the loss, we need to map the...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Trees: Diseases (16 October 2013)

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many trees were killed by (a) acute oak decline, (b) Asian longhorn beetle, (c) chalara dieback of ash, (d) chestnut blight and (e) dothistroma needle blight in each of the last five years for which figures are available; (2) how many trees were killed by (a) great spruce bark beetle, dendroctonus micans, (b)...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Ash Dieback (1 October 2013)

Ash Dieback

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Plenary Meeting (17 September 2013)

Martin McGuinness: .... The conference facilitated practitioners, managers, policymakers and legislators from both jurisdictions to share practice knowledge, research, experience and learning on safeguarding and child protection practice. The two Agriculture Departments continue to cooperate closely in dealing with the ash dieback outbreak. Ministers affirmed the intention of the Education Departments to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council:  Agriculture (16 September 2013)

Michelle O'Neill: ...progress report provided by the plant health and pesticides steering group on the implementation of the work programme. The Council also welcomed the significant and continued ongoing cross-border cooperation in dealing with the ash dieback outbreak, and noted the all-Ireland Chalara control strategy and the updated pest risk analysis for Chalara across England, Scotland, Wales, here...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Ash Dieback (10 September 2013)

Ash Dieback

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Plant Health and Tree Disease (9 September 2013) See 6 other results from this debate

Joe Byrne: ...mentioned by a number of Members. During the Committee inquiry, all the evidence that was provided indicated that DARD and the Forest Service have done a reasonably competent job of handling the outbreak of ash dieback. However, during the inquiry, it became apparent that relationships and communications with stakeholders could have been significantly better....

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease (16 July 2013)

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many UK sites Chalara fraxinea infection has been confirmed to date.

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Taskforce (16 July 2013)

Owen Paterson: ...awarded a 1.1 million research contract for a three-year study of acute oak decline which is present in the UK; Large-scale field trials are now underway in the east of England to try to identify resistance to Chalara, dieback of ash, and potential treatments for Chalara will undergo field trials this summer; We have secured funding from the EU Life+ programme to support the...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease (10 July 2013)

Glyn Davies: ...of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Chalara Control Plan has made on (a) reducing the rate of spread and (b) developing resistance to the disease in the native UK ash tree population; and what management guidance his Department has offered to land owners with trees showing signs of the fungus.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease: Northern Ireland (8 July 2013)

Jim Shannon: ...for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland on preventing the escalation of ash dieback.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (4 July 2013)

Hugh Bayley: Ash is a huge and important part of woodland scenery in Yorkshire, especially in upland areas, and ash dieback is increasing at an alarming rate, with more than 500 cases having been identified. The Secretary of State has reduced the staffing of the Forestry Commission by more than 500. How will he deal with something that could be a catastrophe for our woodlands without shifting staff and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease (1 July 2013)

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which products are being tested by the Food and Environment Research Agency as potential treatments for Chalara ash dieback.

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