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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling: EU Law (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The government will be consulting during 2019 on many of the measures connected to the Circular Economy Package and our Resources and Waste Strategy.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection: Regulation (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Government has been clear that we will not only maintain but enhance environmental standards as we leave the EU. The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 will ensure existing EU environmental law continues to operate in UK law once we have left the EU. The UK Government and devolved administrations will amend current legislation to correct references to EU legislation, transfer powers from EU...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Manufacturing Industries: Recycling (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: As set out in our recently published Resources and Waste Strategy, we want the UK to be a world leader in resource efficiency. We want to move away from being a ‘throw-away’ society. A crucial part of that is making products last longer by ensuring they can be readily recycled, repaired or reused. We are supporting measures in the Ecodesign Directive product regulations to encourage...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling: EU Law (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: As announced in the Resources and Waste Strategy, the Government will shortly be consulting on measures to increase recycling from households and businesses, reforms to the packaging regulations and the introduction of a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. Together these measures will allow us to achieve 65% recycling by 2035. The Circular Economy Package target is to achieve 10%...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Domestic Appliances: Repairs and Maintenance (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: As set out in our recently published Resources and Waste Strategy, we want the UK to be a world leader in resource efficiency. We want to move away from being a ‘throw-away’ society. A crucial part of that is making products last longer by ensuring they can be readily repaired or reused. We have committed to match or, where economically practicable, exceed the ambition of the EU’s...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory: Imports (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Government takes the conservation of species seriously. The import of hunting trophies from endangered species into the UK is already subject to strict controls. A permit will only be issued if no detrimental impact on the survival of endangered species is demonstrated and the item has been obtained from a legal and sustainable hunting operation. This means imports of certain species...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Lead: Ammunition (21 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 already offer protection for waterfowl. In response to the 2015 report by the independent Lead Ammunition Group, Government concluded there was insufficient evidence to justify a change to the legislation. The Government will consider the evidence review recently undertaken for the European...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Serious and Organised Waste Crime (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: Last year, the Department commissioned a review of serious and organised crime in the waste sector. Recommendations from that review informed our strategic approach, which we set out in the resources and waste strategy. That includes plans to prevent, detect and deter all forms of waste crime, including with the creation of a joint unit for tackling waste crime and a dedicated disruption team.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Serious and Organised Waste Crime (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: Fly-tipping is a genuine blight on local communities. Additional powers have been given to councils, and from this month local authorities now have the power to issue penalties of up to £400 to householders who have ignored their duty of care and whose waste is fly-tipped. The message is very clear: when somebody comes to offer to take your waste away, check online and check their licence to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Serious and Organised Waste Crime (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: It is important that evidence is gathered to try to tackle the issue. I know that farmers are taking preventive action to try to stop people entering their areas illegally. It matters that we also work together on other issues of rural crime, such as hare coursing, and other significant routes used by serious and organised crime to try to exploit the countryside.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Serious and Organised Waste Crime (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: As I have said, we have set out our intentions in our resources and waste strategy. Fining is one approach and different types of sentences is another. That is the kind of work we are doing with the MOJ and, of course, the Home Office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Foxhunting (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Department has not received any reports of foxes being killed in illegal ways, but I would not expect it to, as people are expected to report that to the local police. It is the Ministry of Justice that keeps the statistics on crime records.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Foxhunting (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Hunting Act 2004 makes it clear that, apart from certain exemptions, there is a ban on hunting with dogs. It is important that people take their evidence to the local police forces. I am aware of the incident in Cheshire through social media, and I understand that Cheshire police are investigating it. It is a crime, and it is up to the police force to investigate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Government recently published the resources and waste strategy, which sets out our plans to reduce plastic pollution. We have already consulted on banning straws, cotton buds and stirrers, and are consulting on extending the carrier bag charge. We will shortly be publishing our consultation on the key reforms to existing packaging waste regulations, which will include a deposit refund...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: It is possible to recycle plastic bales, but I am conscious that the secondary market may not be well established. With the reforms that we will shortly be consulting on, my hon. Friend will see that it will be in the interests of producers to ensure that the materials are recyclable, otherwise it will cost them more.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: I commend the children for being so concerned about plastic pollution and litter. I am sure that they are being champions in picking up litter where appropriate. That should be seen no longer as a punishment, but as a duty of civic service. Next time I am in Newcastle, which I anticipate will not be before 29 March, I will do my best to visit the children at that school.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: We will shortly be publishing our proposals and the next steps towards introducing a deposit return scheme. I will be meeting Roseanna Cunningham again next month; she will have her plastics summit, and we will have a British-Irish Council meeting. Ideally we would like to work together on a UK scheme, and although we are conscious that that might not be possible, we will do what we can.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: As I outlined to the House earlier, we recently published our resources and waste strategy. It is a key point that we need to tackle this serious and organised crime. We have already given the Environment Agency powers that it is using to do so, and indeed given powers to local councils, but there is more to do. We hope to bring forward future legislation to tackle outstanding issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: We are currently working on the metrics and targets, as set out in our 25-year environment plan, to have something that is sustainable going forward. It is also important to note that we have laid draft clauses of the environmental governance Bill. In them we refer to a policy statement, which will operate right across Government, embedding into what we do as a Government the need to ensure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2019)

Therese Coffey: The report was published only yesterday, so we need to consider it and will then reply. Only this week, we launched the clean air strategy, which was recommended by the World Health Organisation as something for other countries around the world to follow. We are going through with a new Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill. We are preparing an environment Bill. These are all examples of...


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