Results 1–20 of 1962 for speaker:David Rutley

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: *No heading* (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: This Government is leading the way in promoting animal welfare by bringing forward legislation that will increase the maximum custodial penalty for animal cruelty in England from 6 months’ to 5 years’ imprisonment. We have also made it a requirement for all slaughterhouses to have CCTV; updated and improved the laws regulating dog breeding and pet sales; and banned the third party sale of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: *No heading* (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: The Government considers the distributional impact of its interventions on different groups, including low income households, and our National Adaptation Programme sets out the steps the Government will be taking, until the next five year plan in 2023, to further adapt to climate change. Its central aim is to build resilience across the economy, and draws from across a large body of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: *No heading* (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: There has never been any question that this Government’s policies on animal welfare are driven by the fact that animals are sentient beings. However, the Government has been very clear that we will make any necessary changes required to UK law in a rigorous and comprehensive way to ensure animal sentience is recognised after we leave the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry Investment Zones: England (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: We are piloting the first forestry investment zone in Cumbria to learn how best to support long-term forestry investment. I was delighted to visit Northumberland last week to discuss with my hon. Friend and others how to increase tree planting rates. We have everyone from the county council to the national park agreeing to work together to increase woodland creation in that great county.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry Investment Zones: England (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: I welcome my hon. Friend’s further comments on the development of a FIZ in Northumberland and completely agree that we need to do more to make our long-term tree planting aspirations a reality. As we discussed last week, we need to explore further the opportunities around the potential FIZ in Northumberland, basing them around the lessons learned from the Cumbria pilot. I welcome the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry Investment Zones: England (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: Of course we need to do more to plant more trees, and we are taking that action. We are already committed to planting 11 million trees by 2022 and we are well on target to achieve that aim, but our aspirations are much bigger—going to 12% level of woodland cover by 2060.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: To encourage more planting, we have modified our main grant schemes and announced additional funding of £10 million for urban trees and £50 million for the woodland carbon guarantee scheme. We have invested £5.7 million in the northern forest. We have also reappointed our tree champion to develop our tree strategy so that we can plan to consult on this later in the year. That demonstrates...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: I know how hard my hon. Friend works for her constituency. We have committed to mandating biodiversity net gain through the forthcoming environment Bill. That policy will deliver measurable improvements to biodiversity through development including housing and local infrastructure, thereby making sure that development has a positive environmental impact through habitat creation or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: As my hon. Friend knows, I am very aware of Seaford and Alfriston, and while no specific grants are currently available to replace elm in urban settings, there are opportunities for funding new planting in and around our towns and cities under the recently launched £10 million urban tree challenge fund. That fund will support the planting of at least 130,000 trees across towns and cities in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: I praise the work they are doing. There is a huge opportunity with the northern forest, which the Government have helped to kick-start. It will make a huge difference, working through many community forests. I was pleased to be able to plant the first Government-funded tree in Bury just a few months ago.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: I praise the work that is going on across the country. Clearly, there is important work going on in Scotland that we need to learn from. We are absolutely committed to taking forward this important work, as I know the hon. Gentleman is, because we need many more trees to achieve our targets in addressing and tackling climate change.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: Our new Secretary of State’s commitment to animal welfare is very clear. The Government share my hon. Friend’s abhorrence at the thought of eating dogmeat. I recognise both the substantive and symbolic nature of the issues he raises. As he knows, I am exploring actively with colleagues what else we might be able to do to send the clearest possible signal that this behaviour should never...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: Of course it is right that any responsible Government should prepare for any scenario. We are working closely with all stakeholders to make sure there is a proper flow and supply of food, whatever the scenario.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. I am pleased to move the motion for the Third Reading of the Bill, which will provide the ability to grant leases of up to 150 years on Crown land at Kew Gardens, opening up new streams of revenue that will support this great British institution and world heritage site to flourish. Kew is a scientific institution of towering importance,...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: I will be brief, because I am aware that the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) and others want to get on to the next debate. I fully understand that. I am grateful for the support we have received from the Opposition Front Benchers. In these situations, it is important to learn lessons from other hon. Members, such as the hon. Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound), who, I always...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: indicated assent. The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England) ( Standing Order No. 83M(3)). [Sir Lindsay Hoyle in the Chair]

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: Thank you, Sir Lindsay. I have an important announcement to make to the Committee, on the back of the significant points that have just been made by the hon. Member for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady). I can confirm that, as he will see when he next visits Kew Gardens, there are goldfish there. I am glad that I can answer these important questions of the day that he raises. I am grateful for...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: Kew is a scientific institution of huge importance. As the global resource for knowledge of plant and fungal diversity, it plays a critical role in addressing the unprecedented scale and pace of threats facing the natural world, and indeed humanity, including the threat of climate change. It is fitting that our Secretary of State delivered his flagship environment speech last week at Kew. The...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Report on effects (23 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: New clause 2(1) and (2) would create a statutory obligation for the Government to report to Parliament on the effectiveness of the Act within two years of it coming into force, including specific assessments of its effect on animal welfare and the overall coherence with animal welfare legislation, including sentencing under specified Acts relating to wildlife. It is important to note that the...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Report on effects (23 Jul 2019)

David Rutley: As I said, we have distinguished lawyers in the room for a reason—they make important points such as that one, which only my right hon. and learned Friend could make with such eloquence. I completely agree that there is an added responsibility. It is a privilege to be able to look after animals and, when we do, we should expect higher standards of ourselves. There are laws that are relevant...


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