Results 1–20 of 1353 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Therese Coffey

Petition - Superfast Broadband for Wellpond Green and Westland Green in Hertfordshire: Animals in Peril (18 Oct 2017)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Madam Deputy Speaker, in my first time in doing so. I have to say that you look very good in that Chair. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on securing this debate. He has a strong track record in supporting animals and their welfare, and he is absolutely right to raise this important issue. The...

Lowland Curlew (17 Oct 2017)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon) on securing this debate. He has set out a compelling and passionate case for saving, preserving and enhancing the life of the curlew in this country. As we know, he was one of my most successful predecessors. I appreciate his years of valued service and...

Lowland Curlew (17 Oct 2017)

Therese Coffey: My right hon. Friend, dare I say it, needs to wait for the conclusion of my speech, which I have rewritten during the debate. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to empower farmers. He will know that our agri-environment schemes have been designed with the aim of encouraging habitat management to promote conservation in targeted areas, whether that is about suitable nesting or foraging...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: The Government are absolutely committed to supporting and strengthening the rural economy to allow good businesses to grow and thrive. We have invested nearly £2 billion of public funding in delivering superfast broadband. We have the universal service obligation, and we will be securing improvements to mobile connectivity in rural areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: We will study my hon. Friend’s comments carefully. I must admit that I was born in 1971, so I do not have any direct knowledge, but he will know of the ongoing support that the Conservative Government will continue to give farmers, and we have made a commitment to continue that stable support as we transition out of the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: The right hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Government have set out the approach we intend to seek for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union once we depart from it. We want to provide such clarity as soon as possible, and he will be aware that the negotiations are ongoing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: I am very happy to assure my hon. Friend that our future agricultural policy will be designed in a way that reduces needless and energy-sapping bureaucracy. We expect it to be simpler than the CAP, but she will recognise that we have a duty to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent carefully and transparently. We will continue to reward farmers and landowners, who manage our precious...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Welsh Assembly Government are working closely with local communities and BT Openreach to reach such places. I am sure he will be able to follow up on that directly, but I will pass on his concerns to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Digital.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: I welcome the hon. Lady to the House. I am sure that she will be a worthy successor to David Anderson, the gentleman with whom I worked previously. I assure her that we are working with councils to identify the barriers to increasing recycling in their areas. One London borough recycles less than 15% of its waste whereas other areas recycle more than 60%. There are lessons that we can share,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: I, too, congratulate Surfers Against Sewage on not only its direct activity, but its ongoing campaigns. I was therefore pleased to meet Hugo Tagholm in the past year. Our beaches are of better quality than at any time since the industrial revolution. Last year, we introduced tougher bathing water standards, and even under those tough standards, 93.2% of England’s beaches were rated...

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: We have invested.

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley, in what will be the last debate in Westminster Hall in this Parliament. I congratulate the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell) on securing this debate on upper catchment management, and I thank those Members who have joined us today in what is a busy week individually and for Parliament. I am aware of the impact that...

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: As it stands today, I will not be looking at the matter again. I can assure the hon. Lady that the decision went through a rigorous process within the Department, and the decision was made by appropriately qualified officials. She will recognise that we will continue to invest in peatlands and continue to work on moor owners and stakeholders to further improve practices and conditions....

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend tempts me. I know that his part of Yorkshire is one of the most beautiful parts of our wonderful British Isles. However, I am sure he recognises that I will have to prioritise my time in the next few weeks. If I am lucky enough to be re-elected to this House and reappointed to this role, I am sure that at some point I will be able to do that. I thought he had already grabbed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards Regulations (20 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: The great repeal Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law will continue to have effect in UK law. Over time, we will have the opportunity to ensure that our legislative framework is outcome-driven and delivers on our overall commitment to improve the environment within a generation. I can assure the House that the Government will continue to uphold our obligations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards Regulations (20 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: The country decided to leave the European Union last year. We are trying to provide as much certainty as possible to ensure that regulations continue to exist as part of UK law, and, as a consequence, that will be the case. It concerns me that the hon. Gentleman thinks we are somehow going to rip up the rule book, because that is far from being the outcome. We want a better environment for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards Regulations (20 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: My right hon. Friend will be aware that the Government have already committed themselves to upholding the highest environmental standards—standards that we cherish—in developing HS2, and, indeed, other infrastructure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards Regulations (20 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: I think it fair to say—and we have said it at this Dispatch Box before—that when we are tackling air quality issues we must work with local communities, because the solutions will vary and there must be targeted interventions. I am afraid—well, I am not afraid—that our Government are not demonising diesel drivers at all. It was the Labour Government who introduced...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Environmental Standards Regulations (20 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend will be aware that we launched our litter strategy recently. We know that a great deal of the litter that ends up in the marine environment comes from the land, and we must proceed with our work on that, because marine conservation is particularly important to us. We have continued to extend our blue belt, not only around the this country’s coastline but in overseas...


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