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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Government are investing £2.6 billion to better protect the country from flooding. This includes a programme of more than 1,500 flood defence schemes, which will better protect 300,000 homes by 2021. The programme will deliver £30 billion of economic benefit for the next 50 years and is projected to reduce overall flood risk to the economy by 5% by 2021.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The hon. Gentleman has been a clear champion for his local community in raising these issues with the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey). He can be assured that his bid is being given serious consideration in relation to the £40 million floods fund for growth and regeneration and that decisions will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: My right hon. Friend is of course right, and our thoughts are with the families who have been affected by the floods, particularly the family of Peter Harnwell, who sadly died despite the best efforts of the emergency services when his vehicle was submerged. Thanks to the Government’s efforts, the vast majority of households at high flood risk now have access to home insurance through...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The allocation of flood defence funding is important, as the hon. Lady will appreciate, and it is being properly scrutinised. Conversations are being had and, as I said to the hon. Member for Bury North (James Frith), a decision will be made this summer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I do not know the detail of that scheme, but I will talk about it in depth with my hon. Friend afterwards to give him the assurances that he needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The hon. Lady makes an important point. Looking at natural ways to tackle floods, such as planting trees and wood-based flood defences further upstream, is a priority. We are taking that action further forward with a fund and a plan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I understand the concerns raised by my hon. Friend, and I am of course more than willing to meet him to discuss them in detail.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: DEFRA and the Environment Agency take the environmental risks associated with oil and gas exploration very seriously. We have a robust regulatory regime, drawn from global best practice and more than 50 years’ experience of regulating the onshore oil and gas industry safely in this country. The Environment Agency will issue a permit only if it is satisfied that any risks to people and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: As always, the hon. Gentleman asks an insightful question. Our regulatory regime currently lets local residents have their say on two stages in the environmental permitting process: when the application is received by the Environment Agency; and at the draft decision stage, before the permit is finalised. A public consultation takes place once the planning application has been permitted. On...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking (7 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Government believe, rightly, that shale gas plays an important part in our energy mix and will be an important bridging fuel in the transition to renewable technologies.

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Louth and Horncastle (Victoria Atkins), opened the debate by talking about the beauty of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Without wanting to sound competitive in any way, I would like to remind colleagues of the wonders of the Cheshire Peak district—right next door to High Peak, of course—and...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Don’t forget Cheshire.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I wish to thank Members from all parties for their contributions to this really important debate. I am encouraged by the strong consensus in the Chamber that the Bill is essential in the fight against the poaching of elephants for their ivory. I am grateful to Members on both sides of the House for that clear cross-party support. There were some excellent speeches from the hon. Members for...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: We have already taken very strong action to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn. Other Members have also talked about the need to extend that to other ivory-bearing species—I will come on to that later if I can. Under clause 35, the Secretary of State does have powers to extend that ban if there is sufficient displacement. That is a delegated power and we will obviously take it very...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: That is an important point. I am sure that the Secretary of State has been looking at it over recent months, and I will be happy to raise it as well and to meet my hon. Friend to discuss it more fully.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: That is a vital question. I have looked at my boss, the Secretary of State, and his look said it all: it will be at pace. I am sure that there will be the same commitment when we work with Members from across the House. This activity needs to be stopped, and it needs to be stopped very speedily. We will be playing our part in Parliament to make sure that that happens. The hon. Member for...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

David Rutley: Well, let her ask you a question.

Petition - Fairer Funding Formula for School Pupils in Macclesfield Constituency and the Cheshire East Local Authority Area (25 Apr 2017)

David Rutley: I rise to present a petition on fair funding for all schools that has been signed by more than 1,500 residents of Cheshire East, including more than 900 from the Macclesfield constituency. It also includes signatures from residents living in the constituency of the Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Edward Timpson); because his...

Syria and North Korea (18 Apr 2017)

David Rutley: Russia has propped up the Assad regime for far too long. When I met the Russian ambassador a year ago, I urged him to request that his Government find a new home for Assad outside Syria to enable the political process to move forward and create peace in that country, but he declined. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is time for Russia to change its mind on that matter?

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

David Rutley: I welcome the approach that my right hon. Friend is taking to secure a positive outcome in the negotiations ahead. Does she agree that Brexit is now a spur to action to tackle the long-standing economic challenges of productivity, skills and export performance? Will the Government’s modern industrial strategy help in achieving those important objectives?


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