Results 1–20 of 2386 for speaker:Therese Coffey

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Giant Hogweed (22 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive non-native species with established populations in the UK. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to plant or otherwise cause giant hogweed to grow in the wild. Giant hogweed was added as a species of Union concern under the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation in August 2017. Species of Union concern cannot be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ragwort Control Act 2003 (22 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: The effectiveness of the Act is assessed annually by recording details of complaints and enforcement cases. Research undertaken for Defra in 2014 concluded that ragwort is not becoming more widespread. The Weeds Act 1959 gives us the power to arrange for the clearance of the plant and to recover the cost from the land occupier. Natural England (the delegated authority for investigating...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Japanese Knotweed (22 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: Japanese knotweed was first introduced into the UK in the early 19th century and is now widespread here and throughout most of Europe. It is not considered feasible to eradicate Japanese knotweed entirely from the UK but, with persistence, isolated populations can be eradicated. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to plant or otherwise cause Japanese knotweed to grow...

Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Newton Abbot (Anne Marie Morris) on securing this debate. She has covered a wide range of issues. She has left me less than 10 minutes in which to reply, but I assure her that my Department takes the issue seriously Fly-tipping is a serious, antisocial crime, whether it happens in rural or urban areas. It blights our countryside, poses serious...

Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: I am sorry but I have many points to get through and my hon. Friend will recognise that we are dealing with a devolved responsibility. If I have time at the end of the debate, I will take his intervention. We are clear that everybody, whether they are a householder or a business, is responsible for disposing of the waste they produce correctly and not passing it on to somebody irresponsible....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Business: Waste Disposal (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: Defra and the Environment Agency have received a number of representations on Environment Agency decisions on definition of waste panel assessments. Responses are tailored to individual cases.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Business: Waste Disposal (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: As part of our planning for the UK’s exit from the EU we are developing a 25 Year Environment Plan and a renewed strategy on resources and waste. Officials are developing the plans for engagement with businesses, and views on the key barriers to resource efficiency and ideas for addressing these will be welcome. The online IsItWaste tool for self-assessment for the definition of waste...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Local Air Quality Management (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: As of July this year, 278 local authorities (71% of those in the UK) had one or more air quality management areas (AQMAs) declared. Details of the current AQMAs declared by local authorities, including their names, description, when they were declared and amended and the relevant pollutant for which they were declared are provided on the UK-AIR website: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/aqma/list.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: On 12 November the Secretary of State set out plans to consult on a new, independent and statutory body to hold the Government to account for upholding environmental standards after we leave the European Union. We will consult as widely as possible on the nature and detailed functions of the new body.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: EU Law (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: Management of the water environment is a devolved matter. The information provided below is for England. We have seen great improvements in water quality over the last 25 years. Species such as salmon, sea trout and otter, common in many English rivers today, were then a very rare sight. We have enhanced over 1400 miles of surface water towards our target of nearly 5000 miles by 2021....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Management (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 17 November 2017. The correct answer should have been: Surveys for black grouse are generally carried out at country level, but vary in frequency and sampling methods. It is therefore not possible to provide estimates at the UK level for the last five years. The last comprehensive survey of the black grouse population was...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Agency: Inland Waterways (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: Defra has not received proposals from the Inland Waterways Association for the transfer of the management of the waterways from the Environment Agency to the Canal and River Trust.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Management (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: Surveys for black grouse are generally carried out at country level, but vary in frequency and sampling methods. It is therefore not possible to provide estimates at the UK level for the last five years. The last comprehensive survey of the black grouse population was undertaken in 2005, which estimated there were approximately 5100 breeding pairs in Great Britain. In 2016 a formal...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators: Air Pollution (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: As part of the environmental permitting process for new incinerator plants, the regulator is required to make an assessment of the environmental impact of each site and to set limit values in the environmental permit for emissions to air of a wide range of key pollutants. These atmospheric emissions are subject to a strict monitoring regime. The emissions of individual incinerators can be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Squirrels (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: The Forestry Commission estimates that there are 15,000 red squirrels in England and over two million grey squirrels. The red squirrel population is fragmented, occurring only in isolated populations on the islands in Poole Harbour, on the Isle of Wight and across the north of England with Kielder Forest, in Northumberland, supporting around 60% of the total population. This estimate dates...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horticulture: Peat (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: The Government is committed to continuing to work with the industry to make the transition to peat alternatives and to overcome the barriers to their use. For example, we are jointly funding research with the industry, which includes commercial scale demonstration trials, to overcome barriers to peat replacement in professional horticulture. We have also worked with the industry to develop a...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Social Media (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: There are currently 309 subscribers to the UK-Air email bulletin service. The UK-Air Twitter account currently has 6,697 followers. The average engagement rate for Tweets made from the Defra UK-Air Twitter account between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017 was 0.7%. A five day forecast of predicted air pollution levels is continually updated on the UK-Air website, along with advice from...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Radiation Exposure (20 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has worked with partners, in particular Public Health England who operate air monitoring equipment in the UK, to assess any effects on the environment. Air monitoring has not detected any elevated levels of ruthenium 106. Therefore there is no indication of any effects on the environment in the UK.


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