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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Agriculture (4 Feb 2016)

Elizabeth Truss: As a result of the Government’s 2.3 billion, six year capital investment programme more than 420,000 acres of farmland will be better protected by 2021. Together with our investment in the last parliament this means that more than a million acres of farmland will be better protected from flooding over this decade.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (21 Dec 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The Government has committed to protect flood maintenance funding in real terms over the course of this Parliament. The Environment Agency does not record the number of personnel working solely on maintaining flood defences, as the relevant staff undertake a number of activities, including both operating and maintaining defences. Maintenance may also be performed by third parties.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Overseas Trade (17 Dec 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: During my visit to China I concluded deals to open the Chinese market to British barley and pigs trotters, together worth up to 190m over the next five years. I also presented the Chinese inspection authorities with a forward plan to open market access to UK poultry meat and beef and lamb.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (5 Nov 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: We have been open about the difference between real world and laboratory testing for diesel cars and our modelling takes into account the gap between laboratory testing and real world emissions. The UK government is committed to taking action on emissions testing. We see real world testing as the ultimate solution and a vital step in tackling air pollution. The vote to introduce RDE in 2017...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food (5 Nov 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: Defra launched the Great British Food campaign this week to promote food and drink entrepreneurs from across the UK at home and abroad. Through the Food and Drink International Action Plan we have supported over 4,000 businesses and opened 130 new markets.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Exports (18 Jun 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The agri-food sector is worth over 100bn and employs one in eight people. The food and drink manufacturing sector – largest in the UK - exported nearly 19bn last year, including chocolates to Belgium, pork to China and chillies to India. Supporting and encouraging businesses to take the opportunities that exporting presents is one of my Department’s top priorities....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (12 Mar 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: Our 6 year flood defence programme, announced in December, includes more than 1,400 projects across the country. This 2.3 billion investment is a real terms increase and will mean 300,000 more homes will be better protected.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horticulture (12 Mar 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: There’s huge potential in British Horticulture. We’re seeing exciting innovation. For example the strawberries season has been extended to 9 months of the year and due to new growing technologies we’ve seen the highest crop of cherries ever. Two weeks ago I held a roundtable with leading figures in the sector to discuss what more we can do to help them grow.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: On November 4th, we published the National Pollinator Strategy, a 10 year plan to help pollinators thrive involving farmers, major landowners and the public. Bees and other pollinators are vital for our 100bn food chain and are worth 400m to the economy.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: We are investing 3.2 billion on flood management in this parliament; a real term increase and half a billion pounds more than in the previous parliament. Going forward we are making a record level 2.3 billion capital commitment, investing in more than 1,400 schemes to improving defences; a further 9% real terms average increase. We estimate this will provide more than 30...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking (29 Jan 2015)

Elizabeth Truss: The economic impact of fracking is a matter for the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The paper that my Hon Friend refers to was an internal draft document. It was not analytically robust and was not signed off by Ministers. It has not been published and we have no plans to do so. My department is responsible for the environmental aspects of this policy. The Royal Society...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Insects (11 Dec 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Taking action to support pollinators is a key part of my priorities to improve the natural environment and grow the rural economy. Bees and other insect pollinators are vital to the diversity of our environment. They play an essential role in contributing to our 100bn food industry and are worth 400m to the economy. They face many threats and some species are in decline. This is...

Written Answers — Education: Children: Day Care (15 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families is responsible for special educational needs and disability issues within the Department for Education. He has had numerous meetings with the parents of disabled children to discuss a wide range of issues. I have regular meetings with all of my ministerial colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. The...

Written Answers — Education: Air Travel (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Department for Education does not hold a list of domestic flights taken by each Minister on official business. A list could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Education: Care to Learn Scheme (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The number of (a) men and (b) women who received support from the Care to Learn scheme in the last two academic years; and the total costs of the scheme in those years are shown as follows: 2012 to 2013 academic year Men: 47 Women: 6,454 Cost: 32.76 million. 2013 to 2014 academic year1 Men: 39 Women: 5,389 Cost: 23.69 million. The estimated cost for the scheme in the 2014 to 2015...

Written Answers — Education: Freedom of Information (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Legal fees on cases relating to the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 are not held centrally by the Department for Education and the cost of determining these over the past five years would exceed the disproportionate limit.

Written Answers — Education: Languages: Education (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The new national curriculum in England introduces the teaching of a foreign language to key stage 2 (ages 7 to 11) from September 2014. This will increase the take-up of foreign languages in both primary and secondary schools. By starting languages earlier, pupils will have longer to develop their skills to a high level before continuing with language learning in secondary school. The English...

Written Answers — Education: Pupils: Bullying (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: The Government has made preventing and tackling bullying in primary and secondary schools one of its top priorities by striking a balance between schools’ legal requirements, freedom and accountability. All schools must have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils, including that which occurs online. Schools have the freedom to shape these measures...

Written Answers — Education: Schools: Transport (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: Due to the unreliability of the data collected, the pupil's mode of travel was removed from the school census data collection from January 2012.

Written Answers — Education: Senior Civil Servants (14 Jul 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: No senior civil servants appointed to positions in the Department for Education since 2010 were previously (a) political appointees within the Department and (b) employed by a political party.

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