Results 181–200 of 10000 for speaker:Huw Irranca-Davies

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Protecting Biodiversity (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Absolutely, Julie, and it shows what people power can actually do. And just to say to you I know your track record as a supporter of the reservoir action group, to save and then restore Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs, and the successful conclusion in 2023—what an achievement. People power really does work—grass-roots people power. And your visit with Plantlife Cymru, a great...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Protecting Biodiversity (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Diolch, Julie. In respect of biodiversity, we are protecting biodiversity through initiatives such as the nature networks, the marine protected areas and the national peatland action programmes, which benefit our terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. We are also strengthening our legislative framework, including introducing statutory biodiversity targets, as set out in our recently...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I thank you very much. It really is important that we work with everybody, including those animal sanctuaries that I know he has in his own patch, and also across mine and my colleague Sarah Murphy as well, including Hope Rescue. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of welfare for all animals kept in Wales in all the situations, Mike, that you just ran across. But this does...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Indeed, Mike, diolch. Our priorities on animal welfare are set out in the 'Animal Welfare Plan for Wales 2021-26'. This includes a timetable for delivery against our programme for government commitments and other animal welfare priorities. Our two-year progress report, alongside a written statement, was published in January.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Farmers on Ynys Môn (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: We have to undertake this journey together. 

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Farmers on Ynys Môn (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: We've got to go forward together. 

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Farmers on Ynys Môn (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: So, I am travelling the length and breadth of Wales. 

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Farmers on Ynys Môn (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I will be visiting myself, as well as my officials, speaking to farmers, listening to farmers, engaging with them, as well as the wider stakeholders out there. I know he, like me, will also have representations from wildlife and environmental organisations who want to see us proceed as well, which has come out of the climate change Committee. I know how widespread the desire is from all parts...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Farmers on Ynys Môn (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much, Rhun. Over 99.9 per cent of claimants on Ynys Môn have received a basic payment scheme payment, worth a total of £8.3 million. This support is in addition to our Farming Connect service, which this year has registered over 1,000 people working in agriculture on Ynys Môn.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Pollution (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Well, the Wye and the Usk and the Severn, and some of our other major rivers flowing out of the north and the west, and some of the ones that cross borders, particularly, are some of our greatest challenges, and one of the things that I’m hoping to bring to this, building on the work of my predecessors, is actually to try and strengthen some of that cross-border co-operation as well as...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Pollution (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you for that supplementary. You are right. As you know, my politics are that I'm Labour and Co-operative—I stress that repeatedly. My approach to doing this stuff is that we all do it together or we don't do it at all, whether it's with farming, whether it's to do with challenges on transport, and particularly on challenges with water quality. I've never been a great one for monikers...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Pollution (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Alun. The Welsh Government is taking an integrated catchment river approach to combat river pollution. It's focusing on co-operation and collaboration with all partners. We have an ongoing strong engagement, including Government, regulators and all relevant partners and sectors in Wales, working together through the river pollution summit process. The next summit will take place in...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Achieving Net Zero and a Just Transition (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you for the question. You are right; if we look at the biggest sectors that can provide contribution towards that net-zero pathway, it will be transport, and it will be housing and so on, but it'll also be agriculture, as we were discussing earlier on. But transport is absolutely key, and I know the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport will have been listening to the points...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Achieving Net Zero and a Just Transition (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much. Not only with that Cabinet Secretary but with other Cabinet Secretaries as well, we are having those discussions. Even though the portfolios have been reconfigured, climate change remains in my title because we are still driving ahead on the carbon budgets. We are are in carbon budget 2, and we are looking ahead to carbon budget 3. We know the challenges ahead of us. We...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Achieving Net Zero and a Just Transition (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Diolch, Luke. A just transition to net zero is central to the work of this Government and in the delivery of our current climate plans. We will ensure that workers and the communities of Wales reap the economic and social benefits in areas such as energy, circular economy, housing and transport.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I do agree with that, in respect of where we have got some knotty elements. We have to take the time now to properly look at those and see how we resolve them, but also the timescale in which we resolve them as well, and how we do that together, and how we bring all farmers with us on that as well. Some of that may well be to do with things such as proving that a suggestion is the right one,...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: When the First Minister and I met with the heads of the farming unions, and in subsequent discussions that we've had, we've stressed that we're not going to replicate what we've done already; what we want to do is set up a fairly timely process where we can seek to agree where we agree and identify the knotty issues that require some unravelling and understanding. Maybe some of those knotty...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Sam. We've done the big three issues, and I think we'll be coming back to them. But, just to say, my thanks to my predecessor in this role, Lesley Griffiths, because one of the things that she made clear is that not only have we adjusted currently the nitrate regulations—and we will look to see how those are working or whether there's improvement that needs to be made—we cannot...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Sam, I think there are two or three key areas within agriculture and farming that are going to be with us for the foreseeable future and that we have to resolve. The future of sustainable farming is one, bovine TB is another. What we do on river water quality is the other big one, if you like, of that triumvirate. We have to do them together. But on the membership of the advisory group, which...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Sam, and thanks for the welcome to the office. Listen, genuinely, my apologies for not giving you notice last week. There were circumstances around it, which I'm happy to discuss, but we'll make sure it doesn't happen again, and, even with unusual circumstances around it, we will inform you and other Members here as well. So, my apologies.  Look, Sam, I'm not yet...


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