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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council:  Agriculture (20 October 2014)

Michelle O'Neill: ...programme later this month. Ministers noted that DARD and DAFM have developed a protocol for the cross-border movement of larch logs infected with Phytophthora ramorum.  It was noted that an all-Ireland Chalara/ash dieback conference took place in May 2014 and that DARD and DAFM are in the process of summarising stakeholders’ responses to key questions.  That should assist...

Cycling: National Pollinator Strategy (16 October 2014)

David Heath: ...at the European level or elsewhere, but let us make sure that it happens. The second factor is the recruitment of the army of citizen scientists into the process. We saw how effective that was when dealing with ash dieback last year, and how useful it was to have people who would go out and look at what was happening. It is interesting that ash dieback has now been carried by the wind to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Ash Dieback:  Impact (9 September 2014)

Ash Dieback:  Impact

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plant and Tree Health (17 July 2014)

Julie Hilling: The recent threat of ash dieback and indeed the horsemeat scandal show that the Food and Environment Research Agency plays a vital role in detecting and responding to threats to our natural environment and the food chain. Does the Secretary of State intend to continue with the privatisation of the research agency?

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Second Reading (18 June 2014)

Lord Teverson: ...we will look at it further in Committee. On invasive and non-native species, biodefence and security—as I suppose one would call it—is clearly important for this country. We have seen this with everything from ash dieback disease to foot and mouth and the whole issue of Japanese knotweed, of which there is lots around where I live. This is a key area, and I very much welcome...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease (16 June 2014)

Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of health of the UK tree population following the recent Ash Dieback epidemic.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council:  Agriculture (19 May 2014)

Michelle O'Neill: ...that the Departments have worked closely in developing the protocol for the cross-border movement of larch logs that are infected with P ramorum, which was planned to be finalised by Easter 2014.  It was noted that the all-Ireland Chalara ash dieback conference took place on 8 May.   Ministers welcomed the continued work on the delivery of an all-island animal health and...

Mango Import Ban (8 May 2014)

Dan Rogerson: ...plants in the wider environment is vital to our continued well-being. We are all aware of the damage that continues to be caused by the arrival in the UK in 2012 of Chalara fraxinea, the organism that causes ash dieback. That disease and the Government’s response to it prompted a review of our approach to plant health and to the risk posed by pests and diseases to our agriculture,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Plant Biosecurity Strategy (30 April 2014)

Owen Paterson: ...has adopted in order to meet the taskforce recommendations. The strategy is being published alongside an update on operational activity to manage tree pests and disease, including Chalara fraxinea (ash dieback). The strategy is based on the principles that action taken must be risk-based; to make the most effective use of resources, and that Government, industry, non-governmental...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 April 2014)

Robert Goodwill: ...can do whatever possible to ensure that it regenerates and, in the fullness of time, replace that environment. Indeed, there may be other opportunities. For example, as research goes on to produce ash trees that will be resistant to the big problem of ash dieback that is starting to develop in this country, there will be a good opportunity, as we carry out tree planting, to ensure that...

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)...

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