Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the proposed EU ivory ban; and whether the Government has responded to the public consultation on ivory trade in the EU, which closed on 8 December 2017.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will ensure that the criminal sanctions that apply to offences under the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations are (a) retained and (b) not downgraded to civil sanctions in the proposed changes to those regulations.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) budget for and (b) number of staff in the Border Force CITES team was in each of the last two years.
Kerry McCarthy: The Council of Europe has already been mentioned as one of the platforms on which we engage with Russia, although Russia has been withholding its payments to it for some time now. There is a motion on Magnitsky before the 46 other countries, and there is also an inquiry into the death of Boris Nemtsov. Would it be helpful if the Minister for Europe and the Americas came to our next session in...
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to allocate funding to the (a) National Wildlife Crime Unit and (b) CITES Border Force team at Heathrow, to prevent the illegal trade in wildlife after 2020.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the amended Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) regulations will (a) be published and (b) come into force.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether cybercrime is planned to be an agenda item at the October 2018 London conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether representatives of (a) online marketplaces and (b) social media companies will be invited to the October 2018 London Illegal Wildlife Trade conference.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role (a) NGOs (b) enforcement agencies and (c) conservation organisations will play at the October 2018 London Illegal Wildlife Trade conference; and whether speaking slots will be made available for them.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on banning UK sales of ivory; and what assessment he has made of the time-scale for introducing a proposed ban.
Kerry McCarthy: Mine has died.
Kerry McCarthy: I should say that although I have been a Good Energy customer for some time, we now have Bristol Energy—there is that conflict between being green and giving support locally; I think it has now introduced a green tariff. Another west country electricity company, Ecotricity—which has made a submission to this Committee very late in the day—is concerned that if the cap is...
Kerry McCarthy: So was I!
Kerry McCarthy: In the NEA’s evidence this morning, it said that one of the additional things needed for a package for the most vulnerable customers was energy efficiency measures. I know the Government are consulting on energy efficiency programmes, and particularly on amending the energy efficiency standards for rented homes. May I urge the Minister to make sure that that is brought forward quickly...
Kerry McCarthy: If I heard correctly, the Minister was saying that people on the safeguarding tariff would be better off. However, in evidence this morning we heard that people will be eligible for it only if they have successfully applied for the warm home discount. Is that right? There is a waiting list and money runs out before time, so would she give consideration to the notion that it should be people...
Kerry McCarthy: Is it not also a fact that in 2012, under the last Government, the then Prime Minister promised that he would force companies to switch customers to the lowest tariff? When he was talking about the “green crap” on energy bills, he also promised to use regulatory measures to reduce energy bills for consumers. As we have already heard, if we had introduced measures after last...
Kerry McCarthy: This question is for NEA; I think you have already covered quite a bit of this. Obviously your remit is to look at issues of fuel poverty. You have already spoken about the warm home discount scheme and the safeguarding tariff, and the need for more engagement to make more people aware of those. You have just mentioned that smart meters have a role to play in fuel poverty as well. Do you...
Kerry McCarthy: Q That was going to be my question. How should those things be done in clause 2?
Kerry McCarthy: Q Do you think the pool of people that currently are eligible for the safeguarding tariff is wide enough, or, in an ideal world, that it ought to be extended?
Kerry McCarthy: Q At the moment, you have to be first in the queue to get the tariff. There is no reason why—