Results 1–20 of 1754 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

Fishing: East Anglia (18 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I congratulate my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Waveney (Peter Aldous), on securing this debate. I know that our fishing industry is of huge importance to him, his constituents and the many other coastal communities around the UK. His has been an important voice in the wider fisheries debate, particularly...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Ben Lake) on securing the debate on what I agree is an important issue. In Wales, and indeed the rest of the United Kingdom, EU nationals make a significant contribution to the veterinary workforce, and the Government are committed to ensuring that EU nationals can continue...

Leaving the EU: Veterinary Profession in Wales (18 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Gentleman will be aware of the laws we have in place and the reporting lines, although some of those might have a slightly different agency responsible for them straight after leaving the European Union. It is in our collective interest, where we want to have free and straightforward access to each other’s markets, to continue that collaboration. I am not in a position to...

Fly-tipping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish) on securing the debate. We have heard wide-ranging contributions from other hon. Members, recognising some of the work that has been done and some of the challenges still before us. I welcomed the opportunity to discuss fly-tipping with my hon....

Fly-tipping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend mentions the DVLA, and often the Data Protection Act 1998 is used as a way not to pass on information. I am happy to take that issue away and discuss it with a Minister from the Department for Transport. He also mentions the challenge of costs. If somebody is convicted of fly-tipping, the landowner or occupier can pursue a court order under the Environmental Protection Act...

Fly-tipping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: I do not know whether satellite technology would help us in this case, and I am not an expert on how best to present evidence to get a conviction. However, I will certainly ensure that the point is understood by my officials, so that they can raise it with the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group and the police. Local councils, as the responsible authorities, have a significant role to play...

Fly-tipping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: I heard what my hon. Friend said, and he will appreciate that this matter is devolved to the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government have already carried out a consultation to make it easier for councils to fine householders who do not check how their waste is disposed of, but those powers have not yet come into effect. We require a further consultation, because I am conscious that...

Fly-tipping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend will be aware that much of the approach to tackling crime is to do with prevention. I understand what he said about the unsightly effects if we get landowners to try to reduce the opportunity for fly-tipping, but many people put extra locks and burglar alarms in their homes to deter people from targeting a particular home. That is an example of how people take an active...

Rivers Authorities (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Somerton and Frome (David Warburton) on securing it. He spoke powerfully about, and eloquently described, the devastation caused by flooding. As all hon. Members are aware, flooding can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, not only due to the immediate pressures they face at the time,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: Last autumn, an independent working group was set up, as part of the litter strategy for England, to hold a call for evidence on measures to reduce littering of drinks containers and promote recycling. That included seeking evidence on the costs, benefits and impacts of deposit return schemes. I have recently received the report, and I am considering the recommendations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: Part of the evidence that was submitted reflects the fact that councils offer a comprehensive recycling service at the kerbside. I am delighted to say that Rotherham has finally agreed to start collecting plastic bottles. We need to consider the approach carefully. I think that there is an appetite for a DRS, but the schemes that we have seen in other parts of Europe are very different, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: I think that question was a complete waste of space. The hon. Lady refers to powers. The Government have given councils the powers that they have been asking for to tackle littering and waste crime, so I think she is being rather ungenerous about the progress that is being made. Plastic has a role in safe packaging, but it has become endemic. That is why we are considering it carefully in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: Let us be clear: the people who drop litter are litter louts. I reiterate my phrase, “Don’t be a tosser!” because it does not help society to drop litter anywhere and everywhere. Let us get real about how we need to tackle that. I commend the work that Keep Britain Tidy does in encouraging litter collections. However, the hon. Lady is right: we need to sort this issue out in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: Of course a Church Commissioner would call upon God and the Church of England to inspire us. I am also one of the people who has taken the pledge to try to give up something plastic for Lent. I pledged to carry a water bottle around in my handbag—I am not going to produce a prop, Mr Speaker—and I have had to sacrifice my Marmite in the Tea Room because it is only sold in plastic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: As ever, my hon. Friend is passionate about this cause; I know that he has been championing it. Of course I applaud those many towns and communities in Cornwall for wanting to do the right thing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: As I announced to the House the other day, I have asked Ofwat to undertake a review. I have also encouraged water companies to improve the compensation that they could discretionally offer. I expect that Severn Trent is already responding to the call from my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: This Government have taken strong action on banning microplastics from certain products. We are still waiting for the other nations, but they have committed to making sure that that happens by June as well. On the right hon. Gentleman’s point about the Arctic ice, this is indeed a global matter. That is why we work hard with other nations through different forums, whether the OSPAR...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: Our seas and oceans are an integral part of our history, economy and way of life, and the “Blue Planet” series drew attention to how they are under threat. The UK marine strategy, which was reinforced in the 25-year environment plan, shows what we are doing to reduce harmful pressures and manage activities that have an impact on the marine environment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister reinforced in the Mansion House speech, we will be leaving the common fisheries policy next year when we leave the European Union, and that gives us an opportunity as an independent coastal state to manage sustainably the fisheries that we have.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment (8 Mar 2018)

Therese Coffey: I commend the organisers of the Final Straw Solent. It matters that we have local action. Of course, we want to have wider action to stop people dropping their litter in the first place. On International Women’s Day, we should also look across the other side of the Solent to Dame Ellen MacArthur, who is best known for her wonderful sailing record but should also be known as a true...


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