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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023 (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: The Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023 provides a framework for the introduction of future bans on the advertising and offering for sale, in England and Northern Ireland, of low-welfare animal activities abroad. Future decisions on which specific animal activities will fall in scope of the advertising ban will be evidence-based and subject to Parliamentary scrutiny....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Feed and Fertilisers: Ukraine (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: i. The UK has a highly resilient food and animal feed supply chain which has coped well in responding to challenges in the past few years. Cereals and oilseeds make up a significant proportion of animal feed, most of which are internationally traded commodities. Subsequently, their supply chains are dynamic and responsive to global market developments in price and availability. These...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Procurement (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: a) Animal feed: The UK has a highly resilient food and animal feed supply chain which has coped well in responding to challenges in the past few years. Cereals and oilseeds make up a significant proportion of animal feed, most of which are internationally traded commodities. Subsequently, their supply chains are dynamic and responsive to global market developments in price and availability....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dangerous Dogs: Scotland (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Defra Ministers have written regularly to Ministerial counterparts in Scotland to encourage a UK–wide approach to the ban on XL Bully type dogs. This included highlighting the implications of the ban in England and Wales on the movement of XL Bully dogs between England and Wales, and Scotland. We also offered several meetings to discuss the XL Bully ban with the Scottish Government. Defra...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Export Health Certificates (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: We will publish the Economic Impact Assessment of the legislative measures required to enable the Border Target Operating Model in due course and no later than the Statutory Instruments are laid. This will contain summary data tables and they will include the requested information.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Import Controls: Fees and Charges (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Defra has consulted on its proposed methodology and rates to inform charging levels and will publish an update on the Common User Charge shortly. This will include the Government response to the consultation. Further information on the policy and rates will be included in the upcoming publication.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Import Controls: Fees and Charges (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Port Health Authorities (PHAs)have charging mechanisms in place for covering the costs of checking sanitary and phytosanitary consignments, and the Government, in conjunction with devolved administrations, is working with PHAs to review fee levels and support the implementation of new checks of imports from the EU in early 2024. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is the competent...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Import Controls: Fees and Charges (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Commercial Border Control Post fees are a business decision for the operators of those sites. Port Health Authorities (PHAs) have charging mechanisms in place for covering the costs of checking sanitary and phytosanitary consignments, and the Government, in conjunction with devolved administrations, is working with PHAs to review fee levels and support the implementation of new checks of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Large Goods Vehicles: Import Controls (15 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: The Government has been promoting the key benefits and changes by sector and timeframe that traders in the EU and EFTA will need to be aware of and ready for. The Government has been hosting a series of events and engagements, as well as promoting translated communications assets to businesses across the EU to increase business readiness for these changes. We would encourage all traders...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: White Fish: Monitoring (12 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Data is provided only for International Centre for the Exploration of the Seas Area VII. My department has not collected pollack otolith bones from Area VI. In 2023, 643 otolith bones were collected by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries: Imports (12 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Imports and direct landings of fish into the UK are required to be accompanied by catch certificates. This ensures traceability throughout the supply chain to mitigate the risk of the fish having been derived from illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. The UK has powers to apply import restrictions to countries identified as non-cooperative in tackling IUU fishing. At present, the UK...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Press (12 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: The following is a combined list of subscriptions that the Defra Library and Communications have paid for over the last three financial years. Some are in print and some are online. Not everything on the list was purchased in all three years – subscriptions change on demand and to reflect usage. Information on any subscriptions from other team budgets is not held centrally and to obtain it...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Members: Correspondence (12 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: A reply to the hon. Member is being prepared and will be issued in due course. I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. The hon. Member’s constituent asks about the Government’s position on electronic shock collars, known as e-collars. I can confirm that the Government remains committed to introducing a ban on the use of e-collars. We will pursue new regulations to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Landscape Recovery Scheme ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Landscape Recovery offers farmers and land managers the opportunity to co-design a bespoke, long-term agreement to produce environmental and climate goods whilst supporting environmentally sustainable domestic food production across landscape-scale projects. Landscape Recovery Round 1 supports 22 projects. Project areas range between 500 and 5,000 hectares, covering a total of over 40,000...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wheat: Agriculture ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: We understand the increasing importance of farmers having access to crop varieties that are resistant to climate change and variable weather conditions, to maintain crop quality and yields. The recent Precision Breeding Act is a major step in unlocking growth and innovation in technologies like gene editing and supports Defra’s efforts to reinforce food security in the face of climate...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: White Fish: Monitoring ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Data is provided only for International Centre for the Exploration of the Seas Area VII. My department has not sampled pollack from Area VI. a) In 2023, 3726 pollack length measurements were made by Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. b) It is not possible to provide data on sex as fish are gutted when sampled in markets and examination of gonads is required to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Water ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Our grant offers are kept under review between rounds. We will be reviewing the Water Management Grant ahead of a further round expected to be launched later this year. As part of this review, my officials will be looking at the minimum grant and whether it needs to be adjusted.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: White Fish: Monitoring ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Data is provided only for International Centre for the Exploration of the Seas Area VII. My department has not analysed pollack otolith bones from Area VI. In 2023, 778 otolith bones were analysed by Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: White Fish: Monitoring ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: Data is provided only for International Centre for the Exploration of the Seas Area VII. My department has not analysed pollack otolith bones from Area VI. In 2020, 732 otolith bones were analysed by Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Theft ( 2 Apr 2024)

Mark Spencer: We fully understand the devastating impact the theft of a pet can have, which is why in 2016 we made it compulsory to microchip all pet dogs in England and have extended this legislation to include cats from 10 June 2024. On 29 March, we published the Government’s response to a consultation on cat and dog microchipping that sets out how we will address a number of recommendations made in...


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