Results 1–20 of 5213 for speaker:George Eustice

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Veterinary Services: Coventry (19 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Pet owners on low incomes can access veterinary services through organisations and charities such as the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals, the Cats Protection League, the RSPCA and others. There are no plans for Government to increase access to veterinary care for animal owners on low incomes in any areas, including Coventry.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Forestry (19 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: The Agriculture Bill will enable us to continue to support a farming sector that is competitive, productive and profitable; to protect our precious natural environment for future generations; and to deliver on the manifesto commitment to set foundations for future policy as we leave the EU. The Government has pledged to work with farmers, other land managers and environmentalists across...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (18 Jul 2018)

Northern Ireland Affairs: Brexit and Northern Ireland: Agriculture. 9:30 am; The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Charles Hotham, Deputy Lead on Future Farming Policy and Legislation and Head of Devolution

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Chemicals (18 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 converts the current EU legislation controlling pesticides used in agriculture into retained law in the UK. This approach will ensure a smooth transition in the event of no deal and provide certainty for consumers, workers and businesses by maintaining existing laws wherever practicable. It will be necessary to make some minor corrections by statutory...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (17 Jul 2018)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries. 2:45 pm; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: George Eustice MP, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Anne Freeman, Deputy Director, Domestic Fisheries and Reform Neil Hornby, Director, Marine and Fisheries, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pets: Sales (17 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Defra undertook a call for evidence in order to form a well-grounded understanding of the case for banning the third party sale of puppies and kittens, and of how such a ban should best be designed and implemented. The evidence we have obtained has valuably shaped the reforms which will formally be proposed via a consultation. Defra is working with a range of organisations, including the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Veterinary Medicine (17 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Although no discussions have taken place with the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on this matter, we have discussed the mutual recognition of professional qualifications with Taskforce 50 as part of the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Defra continues to work in partnership with stakeholders including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Veterinary...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Game: Birds (17 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Defra commissioned research into gamebird rearing from 2010 to 2012: AW1303 “Study to determine whether cage-based breeding can meet the needs of game birds, and if not, to identify best practice”. This research found that for pheasants and partridges, providing increased space does not necessarily equate with enhanced welfare. Defra’s advisory body, the Farm Animal...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Products: Imports (17 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: My officials talk regularly with a wide range of stakeholders, including the groups mentioned. From a Port Health Authority perspective (which will include the Food Standards Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Agency) there have been five Official meetings: Three have been chaired by Border Delivery Group and took place on the 28th February, 1st May and 2nd July 2018. Two have been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (17 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Natural England has published guidance to provide clear direction to those licensed to carry out the cage-trapping and dispatch of badgers to prevent the spread of bovine TB in cattle. It provides recommendations on best practice and highlights those areas of the technique that must be complied with, including licence conditions. The guidance ensures that licensed badger culling is done in a...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Livestock: Exports (17 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I refer my Hon Friend to the reply given to the Honourable Member for South Thanet, on 16 July 2018 PQ UIN 162599.

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) on the way she introduced the debate. The petition has attracted more than 160,000 signatures, which shows how strongly people feel about this issue. I understand that the petition was a reaction to a submission made by PETA to the ongoing inquiry on dangerous dogs...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. There are instances of attacks by dogs that are on the list, but were not muzzled in public, for example. I was aware during my time of pet dogs that were killed because people had failed to muzzle in public dogs that were on the exempt list. It is also the case, however, that the vast majority of attacks are carried out by dogs that are outside...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I very much agree with the hon. Gentleman. It is because of atrocious cases of the sort that he has described that I have always wanted the maximum sentence for the most egregious cruelty to animals to be raised. It is now Government policy to increase the maximum penalty to five years. We have always had in mind that activities such as dog fighting would be one of the key targets for that...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: To reiterate what I said earlier, the Government have no plans at all to add the Staffordshire bull terrier to the prohibited list. We have been clear about that in response to the e-petition. We have trained police officers who are skilled in identifying the breed and type of dogs, in particular the pit bull terrier, which is the main banned breed that we are concerned with. In addition to...

Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I had thought we were going to finish on a note of consensus. We can all agree that the Staffordshire bull terrier should not be put on the banned list. The Government have been clear about that. On my hon. Friend’s final point, the Government are not persuaded at the moment that there is a case for change. I discuss the issue regularly with Lord Gardiner and, as I said, it is complex....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: The Chief Veterinary Officer’s advice on the outcome of 2017 cull indicates that industry-led culling can deliver the level of effectiveness required to be confident of achieving bovine TB disease control benefits. A peer-reviewed scientific study showed a significant reduction in TB breakdowns after two years of badger control in the first two cull areas. Culling was associated...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: I refer my Hon Friend to the reply given to the Honourable Member for Bristol East, on 27 March 2018 PQ UIN 133919.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dangerous Dogs (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Defra receives regular letters, emails and queries relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 from a range of organisations, charities and individuals. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee is currently holding an inquiry on the issue and Defra has given evidence.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Livestock: Dogs (16 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: Defra has been working closely with the police and local authorities and provided clear guidance to them on how they can tackle irresponsible dog ownership, including dealing with dog attacks on livestock. This has included promoting the Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs (LEAD) initiative to encourage partnership working between police and local authorities and to address minor incidents...


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