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Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (13 Jun 2018)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: The work of Defra. 9:30 am; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Multi-Agency Flood Plan Review Report (12 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: On 3 November 2017 I announced that Defra and the Environment Agency would be undertaking a review of multi-agency flood plans produced by local resilience forums (LRFs) in England, as part of the government’s ongoing work to address flood risk (Written Statement - HCWS221). The remit of the review was to look at the effectiveness and consistency of current flood plans, to identify good...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Deposit Return Scheme (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: We have already seen formidable action to embrace the opportunities that a deposit return scheme would provide and to ensure that we deal with the environmental damage the hon. Lady mentioned. I should take this opportunity to say that it is not just the Treasury that recognises the importance of acting, but our colleagues in the Scottish and Welsh Governments, with whom we have had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Deposit Return Scheme (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: No one is keener on getting on with things, and indeed on saving money, than my right hon. Friend, whose own record in government is one of the most distinguished over the past seven years—and, in fact, beyond. He is absolutely right: in delay there lies no plenty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Deposit Return Scheme (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point. We already have our plastics pact, which has been agreed by WRAP—the Waste and Resources Action Programme—a charity that we support. That commitment was made by leading companies across the United Kingdom to ensure that they use less virgin material, and that more of the plastic they use is recycled or recyclable. We are also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Deposit Return Scheme (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: No country has a perfect model, but we have looked at examples in Scandinavia. One of the things that those countries have been so successful in achieving is a phenomenal level of return—and, indeed, high levels of recycling. We need to think carefully about the nature of drinking and the pattern of consumption in the United Kingdom to see what exactly would work and go with the grain...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Deposit Return Scheme (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor has initiated a review of the taxation and treatment of single-use plastics overall. One of the things we want to do is to make sure that the money that producers remit as a result of using particular materials is used to ensure improved recycling across the country. I know that Treasury Ministers—not just my right hon. Friend the Chancellor, but the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Producer Responsibility Systems (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: We are developing a renewed strategy on resources and waste, which will include reviewing how the producer responsibility scheme works to ensure that we can invest more in recycling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Producer Responsibility Systems (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: My hon. Friend, who knows a great deal about packaging, waste and recycling, makes an important point. If we impose particular costs on producers, we should whenever possible ensure that those costs then go towards environmental enhancement and improving recycling. I am sure that his well-pitched case will be heard with sympathy in the Treasury.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Producer Responsibility Systems (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: Not for the first time, the hon. Gentleman makes a thoughtful point. It is the case that the PRN scheme needs reform, but he is also right that we will have to think about how we change packaging and the supply chains upon which we have relied in the past. I will take up his kind invitation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: As the House will know, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill provides continuity and maintains high environmental and other standards as we leave the European Union. My Department is consulting on environmental principles and governance to ensure that we can have a world-leading body to hold the Government and others to account in order to maintain high environmental standards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: As ever, Mr Speaker, you anticipate my wishes with perfect clarity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: The hon. Lady makes three very good points. First, yes, the polluter pays principle is an important one to maintain. Secondly, we do need enforcement powers. Thirdly, of course, if the UK Government are in breach of air quality rules, it will be the case, as in the past, that they have to be held accountable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: We do not believe in kicking cans down the road; we believe that a deposit return scheme is a very effective way of making sure those cans are recycled. The UK Government have published a consultation paper, “Health and Harmony”, which outlines a post-common agricultural policy future for farmers in England. The Scottish Government have not yet done so. I have the highest regard...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: I am always happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss this issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: My right hon. Friend makes a good point. The Chilterns are blessed not only as an area of outstanding natural beauty, but with distinguished representatives in this House of all parties and none. One of the things I will seek to do is to work with the new reviewer of designated landscapes, Julian Glover, who is a distinguished writer and thinker, to ensure that the right protection and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: I am always grateful to the hon. Lady for all her suggestions, amendments and thoughts. We are consulting. We are asking the public exactly how many and what type of teeth this watchdog should have, but we are saying that the watchdog should start with enforcement powers, which include advisory notices. It is then open for discussion as to what additional powers the watchdog might have. It is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: Tomorrow is World Oceans Day, and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will travel to Canada to ensure that, in common with other G7 countries, we do everything we can to make sure that our marine environment is healthy. Much of the Government’s groundwork for the conference was undertaken by the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Jun 2018)

Michael Gove: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a very good point. I had the opportunity to visit soft fruit and salad growers in Cambridgeshire and in Norfolk recently and I appreciate the labour concerns that they have. I will take the opportunity to visit Staffordshire as soon as I can.


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