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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (5 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Forestry is a devolved matter. Since 2010 the Government has planted just over 15 million trees, or nearly 13,000 hectares of new woodland in England. In this Parliament over 4.1 million trees have been planted, and we are on track to meet our targets to plant 11 million trees and a further 1 million trees in and around our towns and cities. The Government is investing £5.7 million to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Musical Instruments: Transport (5 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: If we leave the EU without a deal, all Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) items that are currently freely traded between the UK and the EU, including musical instruments, will require CITES permits or an import notification. This would mean movement of CITES specimens between the UK and the EU would need to follow the same processes as those currently in place for...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (5 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: We are on track to plant 11 million trees and a further one million trees in urban areas. We have also modified our main grant schemes, to make them more accessible. We have announced additional funding for tree planting including £10 million for urban trees; £50 million for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee; and £5.7 million to kick-start the Northern Forest and the Woodland Carbon Fund is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs (5 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Rescue and rehoming centres carry out important work to ensure that unwanted and abandoned animals in the UK are offered the opportunity of a forever home. We advise those seeking to acquire a new dog to first consider adopting from a reputable dog rescue and rehoming centre. However, we appreciate that a number of prospective owners would like a puppy and may have a specific breed in mind....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wildlife: Fireworks (5 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The Government takes the matter of fireworks seriously. We understand the concerns that many people have about the potential for distress to be caused by fireworks to animals, including pets, livestock and wildlife. This is one of the reasons why there are existing laws in place to control firework availability and use by both the general public and professional display operators. Measures...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horse Racing: Animal Welfare (5 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to same question from the Hon. Member for Luton South on 10th June 2019 (PQ 257574). The Government’s position remains the same.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Carbon Emissions (1 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: On 27 June, the UK Government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050. This made the UK the first major economy to set a net zero target in law, ending the UK’s contribution to global warming in three decades. The Government seeks to support more sustainable patterns of consumption and production by moving towards a more...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pets: Theft (1 Nov 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Theft of a pet is already a criminal offence punishable by a penalty of up to 7 years imprisonment. In February 2016, the independent Sentencing Council updated its guidelines in relation to sentencing for theft offences. The guidelines take account of the emotional distress, and therefore harm, that the theft of a much beloved pet can have on the victim, and accordingly recommend higher...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Products: Imports (31 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Hunting trophies are generally imported directly from the source country. However, there are occasions when hunting trophies are exported via another country. An example would be when specialist taxidermy services may not be available in the source country where the trophy was hunted. Imports from countries which are not the source country of the hunting trophy remain subject to the same...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horse Racing: Animal Welfare (30 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The official annual statistics on fatality rates are published on the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) website, in an approach endorsed by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. We would expect the fatality rates for 2019 to be published by BHA in the New Year. Officials regularly meet with a wide range of stakeholders, including the BHA.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horse Racing: Animal Welfare (30 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The Horse Welfare Board (HWB) was formed in March 2019 and is currently developing a comprehensive equine welfare strategy, covering the whole life of the racehorse, which will be published in the coming months. The Government will stay in regular contact with the industry and the new HWB. We will continue to press them for improvements in racehorse welfare and a reduction in the number of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs (30 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The Government considers that the powers and measures contained within dangerous dog legislation allow enforcers such as police and local authorities to take the necessary action in order to prevent and tackle incidents of dangerous dogs. Local initiatives such as Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs (LEAD) can also be adopted in areas where police, local authorities and other interested...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories (29 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: We expect to publish the summary of responses from the Call for Evidence on safeguarding the environment in the British Overseas Territories in November, ahead of the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) which is scheduled to take place on 26th and 27th November 2019. The summary of responses will also set out UK Government’s intended next steps for taking this work...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dangerous Dogs (29 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: I refer my Hon Friend to the reply previously given on June 27 to PQ 267365.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs (29 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Defra commissioned research on responsible dog ownership with Middlesex University. The research aims to update the review Defra commissioned previously in 2010 which considered risk factors around dog attacks, as well as reviewing the use of enforcement around dog control issues, identifying best practice case studies and how to promote responsible dog ownership. As part of the research, the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: LIFE Programme: British Overseas Territories (28 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Projects funded under the LIFE programme have played an important role in helping to implement environment policy. The 25 Year Environment Plan makes clear that public funding will continue to play an important role in protecting and enhancing our natural environment. Once the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU are clear, we will decide as part of the next multi-annual Spending Review,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dynamic Food Procurement National Advisory Board: Devon (28 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: The Dynamic Food Procurement National Advisory Board (DFPNAB) is not a statutory body. It is an independent grass roots body with participants from member organisations, public procurers and small businesses with a shared interest in promoting the use of the dynamic purchasing model in the food supply chain. While its members are not appointed by the Secretary of State, Defra does take part...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Nature Conservation (28 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Protecting biodiversity is a priority for this Government and I regularly hold discussions with Ministers on climate and environment issues, including protecting endangered species. The government recently committed another £220 million to a new International Biodiversity Fund. This will fund a range of different activities including support to communities to help them protect endangered...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Off-grid renewable energy is often the best way for millions of people to have access to electricity, especially in rural areas. DFID’s support to off-grid electricity generation is delivered through a range of programmes. We provide funding for the installation of off-grid solar power, such as through mini-grid projects in Kenya and Rwanda. We provide technical assistance and are helping...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Products: Imports (25 Oct 2019)

Zac Goldsmith: Last month we announced that we will be consulting on whether to further restrict the import and export of hunting trophies. We are acting quickly to respond to the public’s concerns and the consultation will be published in due course.


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