Results 1–20 of 3537 for speaker:Lord Gardiner of Kimble

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The 25 Year Environment Plan and Abstraction Plan set out the Government’s commitment and actions to protect our water environment and the Environment Bill aims to strengthen this. Abstraction licence changes made by the Environment Agency since 2008 are returning 16 billion litres of water back to chalk streams per year and removed the risk of further 14.9 billion litres being abstracted...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chilterns: High Speed 2 Railway Line (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Environment Agency is advising HS2 Ltd and their contractors on mitigating the potential impacts of their works on water level and quality of chalk streams. This includes water usage for tunnelling in the Chilterns. The Environment Agency will review any application for increased abstraction in the Colne catchment in line with the current Colne Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy to...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: We know that the horticulture sector requires a high proportion of seasonal workers. The Government introduced a new pilot for 2019 and 2020 enabling up to 2,500 non-European Economic Area migrant workers to come to the UK to undertake seasonal employment in the edible horticultural sector. As of June 2019, pilot operators had recruited all 2,500 workers who continued to arrive in the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Work is well underway on all 66 stretches of the England Coast Path - a new National Trail around all of England’s coast. A European court judgement in April 2018 affected how Natural England could assess the impact of England Coast Path proposals on environmentally protected sites, and progress on the England Coast Path slowed as a result. While this means the path in its entirety is...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Government has made no specific assessment of the UK tobacco industry’s contribution to tackling smoking-related litter. The most recent National Litter Survey for England found that 79% of sites surveyed had smoking-related litter present in 2017-18. In the same year, local authorities in England spent £663 million or £28 per household to keep our streets clean, though this does not...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Government encourages the highest standards of welfare at slaughter, would prefer all animals to be stunned before slaughter, and also respects the rights of Jews and Muslims to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs. There are no domestic or European Regulations that require the labelling of Halal or Kosher meat, but where any information of this nature is...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only. The Government recognises that healthy wet peatlands have many positive environmental benefits, including flood mitigation, terrestrial carbon storage for mitigating climate change, providing habitat for rare wildlife and water purification and regulation. The BEIS Emissions Inventory for UK...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Producers of domestic cleaning products are required to make consumers aware of the ingredients of their products through the EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008). Under this Regulation, suppliers of products containing hazardous chemical substances and mixtures are required to provide information on the label to identify any hazardous...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is implemented in the EU through a number of regulations known collectively as the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations (WTR), which put in place a system of permits and certificates for cross-border movement of specimens of endangered species. Under the EU (Withdrawal) Act, the WTR will become retained EU...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The funding announced by the Prime Minister on 23 September was for the Darwin Initiative, which supports biodiversity projects in developing countries around the world. The Government provides environmental and biodiversity funding to the British Overseas Territories (OTs) through the separate Darwin Plus (DP) fund. On 10 May 2019, we launched a Call for Evidence on safeguarding the...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Tobacco packaging is covered by the current producer responsibility regulations, which require companies to recycle a proportion of the packaging waste they place on the market. They will also be subject to the forthcoming extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging which will cover the full net costs of managing packaging at its end of life, including litter, expected to be...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Dissolution. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Government has a manifesto commitment to ensure stronger protection for our ancient woodlands and the irreplaceable nature of ancient woodlands is recognised in our 25 Year Environment Plan. In February 2019 we published the revised National Planning Policy Framework, which strengthens the protection of ancient woodlands by refusing any development that would lead to the deterioration...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Government recognises the importance of tackling plastic pollution and addressing the sustainability of the fashion industry, and our Resources and Waste Strategy sets out how we will do this. The Government has not made an assessment of the environmental impact of introducing a 5p charge for plastic clothes hangers, however our reforms set out in the Strategy will help address the issues...

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

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: In the Agriculture Bill introduced in the previous session, broadly similar powers were conferred on the Welsh Ministers as on the Secretary of State for England. This was done at the request of the Welsh Ministers and included the powers in clause 11. This means that the Welsh Ministers would have powers to modify retained EU legislation relating to the financing, management and monitoring...

Common Fisheries Policy and Animals (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: If the noble Lord had joined us in the Moses Room, he would have understood that these regulations are to ensure that our statute book is up to date on leaving. The noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, was in the Moses Room. This instrument was to ensure that a number of changes coming from the EU are incorporated. Our purpose is to ensure that we have the most up-to-date statute book,...

Common Fisheries Policy and Animals (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Speaking on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, obviously I hope there will be the return of a Conservative Government, but the noble Lord is absolutely right that all sorts of different scenarios are possible. Our task with this statutory instrument was to have reassurance on our statute book and certainty that, whenever we left, the statute book was complete with everything that the...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, we are working at home and in the overseas territories to address biodiversity loss. Partnerships between government, farmers and conservationists have seen particular successes, often through habitat restoration, supported by agri-environment schemes. For example, we have supported local recoveries of the marsh fritillary and cirl bunting and the reintroduction of the short-haired...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: No, it most certainly is not, which is why we are bringing forward the environmental land management scheme as part of the post-CAP arrangements. It is why we have published the Green Finance Strategy and why more than 370,000 acres in England have been set aside for new wildlife-rich habitats. I could go on, particularly on the international stage. All of this is because we need to enhance...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: I have been very lucky to work with Natural England—it does a great job, and I recently saw Tony Juniper. The United Kingdom’s contribution to international climate finance will double to £11.6 billion from 2021-25, a proportion of which will be for nature-based solutions. Yes, we have to work in this country, but turning around what the noble Baroness and the State of Nature talk about...


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