Results 1–20 of 259 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:David Rutley

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Congress is the governing body of the IUCN but its motions are advisory in nature and are not legally binding on any of its members. The globally agreed target, under both the Convention on Biological Diversity and under Sustainable Development Goal 14, for MPAs and other effective area based management tools is 10% by 2020. Negotiations on revision to this target will conclude under the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Government is committed to tackling fly-tipping. We work closely with local authorities and the Local Government Association through the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG). Local authorities annually report to Defra about the number, type and cost of incidents and the enforcement actions taken. It is the responsibility of local authorities to use the full range of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sites of Special Scientific Interest (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: As of 20 June 2018 there were 4,126 sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs). 1,941 SSSIs (47%) had not had an assessment by Natural England within the past six years. Information on assessments of individual SSSIs, including the dates and details of the last assessments, is published by Natural England online at https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/. Natural England is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Packaging: Waste Disposal (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: We are developing reforms to the packaging producer responsibility scheme. We are looking at all aspects of the regime, including mechanisms to incentivise better design, encourage the use of recycled material and make better use of materials at the end of life. This could include making producers pay more if their products are not easily recyclable and them paying less if their products are...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The World Health Organisation guidelines do not form part of EU agreed targets for emissions or concentration reductions, and therefore will not be included in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU. The UK has met all legally binding EU limits for particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) since 2009. We are proposing to do more than the EU requires. In our Clean Air Strategy, we have set out...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Waste (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Preventing food waste is environmentally and financially beneficial for households and businesses. The Government is taking a multi-pronged approach to prevent food waste involving householders and food businesses across the food chain. The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), supported by Defra, launched the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in March 2016. The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics: Pollution (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Microbeads, like other microplastics, do not biodegrade and therefore accumulate in the environment and can cause serious harm to marine life. There are also suitable, less harmful alternatives. While some countries have opted to ban only those plastic particles added for exfoliating and cleansing purposes, our ban covers all microplastic particles in rinse-off personal care products....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Waste (28 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Retailers and manufacturers can already get tax relief on food they donate. Companies can get tax relief on trading stock that is produced but not sold. This includes food donated to charities - the cost of producing stock which is donated is deducted from their profits before tax is calculated. The issue of food waste will continue to be a priority for the UK. The Government recently...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Multi-agency Flood Plan Review (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: I can confirm that the review has been published this month.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Conservation (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: All wild birds, including swifts, are protected through the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which provides a powerful framework for the conservation of wild birds, their eggs, nests and habitats. There is no clear evidence that swift populations would benefit from the additional special penalties Schedule 1 birds are protected by, therefore the Government has no plans to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: Conservation (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our ambitions to improve water efficiency. We have committed to work with the water industry to agree what cost effective measures, including rainwater storage, are required to improve water efficiency for both commercial and residential properties.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Housing: Insulation (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: Natural England provides guidance in its publication ‘Wild Birds: Surveys and mitigation for development projects’ to help builders and planners assess the impacts of developments on wild birds.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bridleways (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: We currently do not have plans to increase the number of bridleways. We do plan, however, to implement a package of reforms to the way that rights of way are recorded on the definitive map and statement, which is the local authority’s legal record on public rights of way. We envisage that this will result in an increase in the number of bridleways shown on the definitive map and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Roads: Litter (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The Litter Strategy for England contains commitments to work with Highways England and others to tackle litter on the roadside, and to work with local councils, ports and the haulage industry to improve facilities for hauliers, fishing vessels and others to dispose of their litter and waste. Defra Ministers have met their Department for Transport counterparts to discuss these issues and agree...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Environment Protection (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: In the 25 Year Environment Plan we committed to considering delivery options for the Nature Recovery Network over the next two years, as we develop and pilot our new environmental land management scheme and investigate the use of other new and innovative funding mechanisms. Funding for collaborative projects, incentivising land managers to work together to secure environmental improvements...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recreation Spaces: Coventry (26 Jun 2018)

David Rutley: The 25 year environment plan, published earlier this year, sets out Government’s commitment to ‘green’ our towns and cities by creating more green infrastructure and planting one million trees in and around our towns and cities. We want to encourage more investment in green infrastructure, in part by doing a better job of explaining what ‘good’ green...

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...


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