Results 1–20 of 1108 for speaker:David Rutley

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Schools: Air Pollution (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Defra ministers and officials engage closely with other relevant departments on the issue of air quality across the UK including around schools.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Schools: Air Pollution (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: This department does not hold this information. Local authorities are key to achieving improvements in air quality and we have issued ministerial directions to 61 local authorities with persistent NO2 exceedances. In addition local authorities have statutory duties to review and assess local air quality, declare Air Quality Management Areas and put in place action plans to improve air quality...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Details of the methodology for calculating emissions from the agricultural sector within the UK’s Inventory of Greenhouse Gasses have been published in the UK’s national inventory report, which is publicly available via the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) website. The inventory’s estimate of emissions from fodder and grassland production is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Environment Agency (EA)’s Climate Ready Support Service provided project funding to seven Regional Climate Change Partnerships (RCCPs) through a collaborative agreement with Climate UK, their umbrella organisation. The EA made direct payments to a further two RCCPs, which were hosted by the EA. In total, the Climate Ready Support Service funded projects in nine RCCPs. The Climate...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rodents: Pest Control (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: No specific assessment of the effectiveness of the powers available to local authorities to tackle rat and mice infestations in urban areas has been made. The Secretary of State has not had to use powers available to him under section 12 of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to empower persons to exercise rodent control functions on behalf of an authority which has been judged to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Noise: Pollution (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Government is committed to ensuring that noise is managed effectively in order to promote good health and quality of life. We have strong protections in place to avoid significant noise impacts in our planning system, our environmental permitting systems, in vehicle and product standards, and noise abatement legislation. The Government has not made a specific assessment of the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Litter (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: We have made good progress in delivering the commitments set out in the Litter Strategy, including improving councils’ enforcement powers and launching the Litter Innovation Fund. The first annual report on progress will be published shortly.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: June EU Environment Council (21 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The next EU Environment Council will take place on 25 June in Luxembourg. My Noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity (Lord Gardiner of Kimble) intends to represent the UK. Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn AM will also attend. As the provisional agenda stands, the primary focus for environment will be a policy debate on the recast of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: European Chemicals Agency (20 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: One of Defra’s 40 workstreams preparing for leaving the EU is developing, and includes a new system to enable registration and regulation of chemical substances placed on the UK market if access to the EU’s REACH system is not available. The plans we are working on set out detailed delivery timelines for activities such as: recruiting and training new staff, designing and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water (20 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our ambitions for reducing the demand on water resources. This includes plans to improve water efficiency and support for Ofwat’s ambitions to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Power to require service providers to block access to material that facilitates a breach of the prohibition (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: It is my turn to scurry around. I cannot readily find the definition of “person”. All I can say is that we are very committed—[Interruption.] Inspiration has arrived. The definition of “person” is wide enough to capture businesses, and therefore ISPs. We can see that from clause 34. The definition of “person” is broad enough to satisfy that requirement.

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Power to require service providers to block access to material that facilitates a breach of the prohibition (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Excellent points have been made. We will certainly clarify that and put it into English—not just legal English—to help everyone understand what has been said. We can do that in guidance notes and by clarifying the scope of the Bill for people who are not so familiar with it. There is a real commitment to address this issue. I hope I have been able to reassure the hon. Lady that...

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Report on the international ivory market (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I understand the hon. Lady’s point. It was clear on Second Reading and in Committee that we have to appreciate the wider sense of what is going on and the wider global implications. We also have to recognise that the Bill is one piece of the co-ordinated approach that we are taking to tackling this problem.

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Power to require service providers to block access to material that facilitates a breach of the prohibition (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I thank the hon. Lady for tabling the new clause. Most people recognise that while the internet can be a helpful tool, it can also be used to facilitate and perpetuate criminal acts. In that context, I understand the intention of the new clause. Paragraph 5(1)(a) of schedule 1 allows the Secretary of State to serve a stop notice on a body such as an internet service provider to stop it...

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Extent (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. The answer is that it will not. I can write to him to give him a bit more detail as to why that is the case.

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Report on the international ivory market (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I thank the hon. Lady for tabling the new clause, the intention of which is clear, and it would potentially provide useful information. However, gaining such information could be a considerable and potentially expensive undertaking that is likely to require the engagement of outside experts or organisations, even though the full costs and benefits of this ban may not be fully known within the...

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Meaning of “ivory” (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I completely understand that. I think we need to pause for a moment, though, to reflect on the fact that we are trying to make a real difference with elephant ivory. There are provisions for all other forms of ivory and I will take away the hon. Lady’s point, but it is worth reflecting on the evidence we had from the NGOs, which was that they like the ban, that it is meaningful that and...

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Meaning of “ivory” (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The key point is that this is not about judicial review. I know I am getting a bit techy, but the key thing is that it would be a challenge under the European convention on human rights. To satisfy the requirements of the ECHR, we need to review whether we have looked not just at the general interest in the ban but in the rights of individuals, in particular to do with possessions, that are...

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Meaning of “ivory” (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I thank the hon. Lady for setting out her view. At this point, I think we strongly agree with each other. On helping to get people familiar with the provisions, that is exactly what the Government say—it is an ECHR requirement, so it is about getting the fair balance review in place. We are perhaps using slightly different language about what we are trying to describe, but we are saying...

Public Bill Committee: Ivory Bill: Meaning of “ivory” (19 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I will speak to amendments 11 and 12 and clause stand part. I warn colleagues that this will be a lengthy contribution, but that is fitting, given the contributions we have heard. I will take interventions, and I know that the hon. Member for Workington will wrap up with her final thoughts. She made a few detailed points about consultation, and the fact that she is an associate of the...


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