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Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I will be quick, because there is an important debate coming up. I thank right hon. and hon. Members who have contributed to this afternoon’s debate. I particularly thank the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) for the tone of his contribution. I have no doubt—indeed, I know—that he is very serious about taking on the challenges that we have been discussing...

Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I beg to move, That the draft Environment and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, which were laid before this House on 24 July, be approved. The convention on international trade in endangered species—CITES—provides protection for more than 35,000 species of endangered animals and plants, from pangolins to parrots, through to guitars made from...

Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The hon. Gentleman is right to point to the collapse in biodiversity in this country, which is mirrored across the world. The purpose of the regulations is to deal with CITES specifically in relation to the import and export of endangered species from abroad, but he is absolutely right to raise the issue. We are completely committed to bringing in an environment Bill—we hope in a matter of...

Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank my right hon. Friend very much for his kind words and his intervention. He is absolutely right. We need a hugely ambitious tree planting programme for this country. We do have an ambitious tree planting programme, but my view is that we need to step it up even further. We are certainly planning to do so and there will be, I can tell him tantalisingly, some announcements soon to that...

Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and all the work he has done on these and associated issues. I could not agree with him more. I look forward to the publication of our tree strategy in a couple of months. From what I have seen so far, it will address those concerns head-on.

Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank my hon. Friend very much. I have heard a bit about what his council is doing and it does sound inspired. I would love to take him up on his very kind invitation. We will talk later. Now I am going to make some progress. The Government’s support for CITES is just one part of a much bigger and wider commitment to tackling the catastrophic loss of biodiversity we are now facing. At the...

Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection) (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. This instrument deals with entirely reserved matters. A draft of it has been shared with the devolved Administrations, but for information, the answer is that it will apply across the board. These changes have been made because they are necessary to make it clear that the Secretary of State has the power not simply to take administrative...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Department for International Development: Jainism (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Britain’s Jain community makes a positive contribution to life in this country. This Government values its contribution immensely. The Government is always keen to work with the Jain community on matters that are important to them, and we will continue to do so.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Agriculture (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: At the UN Climate Action Summit, the UK announced support to the ‘Just Rural Transition’ initiative under which governments, businesses and civic organisations are uniting to drive a shift to sustainable land-use. This initiative includes a policy coalition that will help developing countries put policies in place for more environmentally friendly and sustainable agriculture, and an...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Forests (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: DFID leads work internationally and across Government to drive efforts to tackle deforestation and combat illegal logging. It does so directly through bilateral programmes aimed at supporting countries and businesses to lock out illegal activities, promote sector reforms, and foster public-private partnerships which catalyse investment into sustainable land use, including environmental and...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Poverty (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The Government is firmly committed to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 10, reducing Global Inequalities. This commitment is at the heart of DFID’s approach to tackling extreme poverty. DFID works to reduce inequality globally by ensuring that people have access to opportunities and services, prioritising the most vulnerable, those caught in crises, and those most...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Climate Change (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: None of the UK’s £5.8 billion international climate finance is provided through the European Commission budget or European Development Fund.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Burma: Overseas Aid (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: In order to prevent DFID Myanmar funds going to military owned companies we already have enhanced private sector due diligence in place. We are constantly working to strengthen this process. DFID Myanmar has recently written to its partners asking them to review their supply chains to check UK money is not being used to purchase goods and services from companies identified as military owned...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Women's Rights (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The UK Marine Strategy puts in place the framework for achieving good environmental status in UK waters. A recent consultation on the progress made towards GES showed that whilst progress was being made further work was needed. The updated UK Marine Strategy Part I assesses an array of ocean health factors as well as economic and social analyses of the way we use our marine environment and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rain Forests: Amazonia (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Imports (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: A total of 49 responses were submitted to the Call for Evidence on biodiversity and conservation funding in the Overseas Territories, and a summary of those responses will be published in due course. Decisions on future funding arrangements for the Overseas Territories, including any domestic replacements for EU funding, will be considered as part of the next full spending review.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food Supply: Climate Change (8 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The second Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) published in 2017 identifies risks to domestic and international food production and trade as one of the UK’s top six risks from climate change. The second National Adaptation Programme (NAP) published in 2018, sets out a plan of actions across Government to address these risks (amongst others identified in the CCRA) over the following 5...


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