Results 1–20 of 4098 for speaker:George Eustice

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pets: Sales (23 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Defra is currently in the process of developing a new single animal activities licensing regime. The regulations will be laid in Parliament before they come into force next year. The regulations will be clear that anyone in the business of selling pet animals will need a licence whether this is carried out from a traditional pet shop or online. Commercial pet animal advertisers will also be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Government Property Unit (23 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Save for a standard condition that capital spend is approved separately, the only condition imposed on an application made to the Government Property Unit to acquire additional temporary space, was to agree a long term replacement strategy within a defined period from consent.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Bolton (23 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The number of offenders found guilty of offences under Sections 4 to 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, in the Greater Manchester Police Force area, from 2014 to 2016, can be viewed in the table below: Offenders found guilty of animal cruelty (1), Greater Manchester Police Force area, 2014 to 2016 (2)(3) Force 2014 2015 2016 Greater Manchester 38 23 29 of which Bolton Local...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Production (23 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Global food security is dependent on a number of factors including increasing production sustainably, reducing waste and ensuring open markets around the world to facilitate trade. The UK’s current production to supply ratio is 76% for indigenous-type foods and 60% for all foods. This has remained steady over the last decade and is not low in the context of the last 150 years....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Community Plant Variety Office: National Institute of Agricultural Botany (20 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The issue of the CPVO and their commissioning was discussed with the Commission on 26 September. Future arrangements for plant variety testing will be subject to negotiation with the EU.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Apples: Exports (20 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: HMRC trade data is unable to identify Royal Gala apples by name. The following table shows the volume of apples exported from the UK to EU member states, at the greatest level of detail available, in the last 5 years for which full data is available: tonnes Apple type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Cider 123 27 1,658 1,328 1,456 Other 20,608 21,113 15,886 19,745 16,277 ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trade Agreements: Agricultural Products (20 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The UK Government is committed to delivering as seamless and frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and Ireland, recognising the unique significance of the Irish land border and the highly-integrated nature of trade across it, including in agricultural products, because it is in the interests of the EU and all parts of the UK for the deeply integrated trade and economic...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food (20 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The UK has a high degree of food security, as demonstrated by the 2010 UK Food Security Assessment. It is a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of food security, including household food security. We have just commenced a review of the assessment. The UKs current production to supply ratio is 60% for all food and 76% for indigenous-type foods. This has remained steady over the last decade...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Seasonal Workers (19 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Until 2016, Defra published data on the estimated number of seasonal agricultural workers in all UK countries in “Agriculture in the UK”, which is a Defra publication. Since 2016, data is published for England only, collected by the June Horticulture and Agriculture Survey. Data from the past 5 years is shown in the table below. Defra does not collect data on the nationality of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Animal Welfare and Antibiotics (19 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: There are no plans to change the current legislation on colony cages for laying hens. However, we are preparing a new statutory laying hen code which will provide up to date guidance on how to comply with the legislation. We have made it very clear that we do not support the routine preventative use of antibiotics, or the use of antibiotics to compensate for poor animal husbandry. This is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: National Institute of Agricultural Botany (19 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Leaving the EU presents a major opportunity for UK agriculture. We are working towards achieving the best possible deal for the UK agricultural industry and we want to ensure a deep and lasting agreement with the European Union. I met NIAB EMR, part of the NIAB group, in July of this year and Defra has received a number of representations concerning NIAB and the impact of leaving the EU, from...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries (19 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: On leaving the EU, the UK will become an independent coastal state with responsibility for controlling and managing our Exclusive Economic Zone. This will provide an opportunity to negotiate new agreements on access and quota arrangements which will benefit our coastal communities. We are undertaking ongoing analysis on fish stocks in our waters.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Common Fisheries Policy (19 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to provide stability and certainty so that wherever practical, the same laws and rules will apply immediately before and immediately after our departure. On that basis, most of the fisheries acquis will be transferred into domestic legislation. The Queen’s Speech, however, set out the Government’s plans for a fisheries bill...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: We are conducting rigorous analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of our planning. This analysis will be ongoing, helping to develop a detailed understanding of how withdrawing from the EU will impact on the UK to best inform government policy going forward.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: EU Law (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the existing body of direct EU animal welfare laws to become UK laws. Most of these EU laws relate to farmed animals and many were passed after Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) came into effect. Article 13 of the TFEU created a qualified obligation on the EU and EU Member States “to have full regard to the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees: Neonicotinoids (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Defra has supported a range of research relevant to improving understanding of the effects of neonicotinoids (and other pesticides) on bees. Recently completed work includes studies on: quantifying the exposure of bumblebees to neonicotinoids and mixtures of pesticides (commenced 2013), interpreting pesticide residues in honeybees (published 2015), using radio-frequency identification devices...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Animal Breeding (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Defra does not hold official statistics on the number of dog breeders and pet shops operating without a licence. Defra is currently in the process of developing a new single animal activities licensing regime. The regulations will be laid in Parliament before they come into force next year. The new regime will reduce the threshold by which people will need a dog breeding licence from five...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries: North Sea (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Where Maximum Sustainable Yield targets cannot be determined, due to lack of data, multiannual plans must provide for measures to be based on the precautionary approach. The Government’s view is that the precautionary approach should be strictly evidence-based, with such data-limited bycatch stocks managed on a case-by-case basis and in line with the plans’ objectives. For stocks...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pets: Shops (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: Defra is currently in the process of developing a new single animal activities licensing regime. The regulations will be laid in Parliament before they come into force next year. Pet shops and dog breeders will need to meet statutory minimum welfare standards which reflect the welfare requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Local authorities will need to have regard to supporting...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Convictions (18 Oct 2017)

George Eustice: The number of offenders found guilty of offences under Sections 4 to 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, in England and Wales, from 2012 to 2016, can be viewed in the table below: Offenders found guilty at all courts of animal cruelty offences (1), England and Wales, 2012 to 2016 (2)(3) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 1,132 1,022 814 622 585 Defined as Sections 4-8 Animal Welfare...


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