Results 21–40 of 10000 for speaker:Huw Irranca-Davies

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Mike, thank you very much. And to draw back to our initial questions on this, I think the river catchment approach that we take, including the river summits, where we pull everybody together and say, 'You all have a responsibility to uplift this, whether you are developers, whether you are members of the agricultural and farming community, or whether you are sewerage and water companies,...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you for the question. I watched the Y Byd ar Bedwar programme and saw the testimonies of people who'd worked within NRW and the honest reflection on what they saw as the constraints on NRW to carry out their statutory and regulatory duties. The first thing I would say is, I would encourage anybody who works in any organisation or any agency to actually raise those concerns and not be...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Llyr, it's a really good question, because we know that there are multiple challenges facing farmers at the moment: the planning system and the backlog within that and the stretch that there is within the planning system—something, by the way, I've discussed with my former Cabinet Secretary colleague. And I hope to continue that discussion on how we can work together, even recognising the...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Two points in response, Natasha, and thank you for the question. One is it needs to be a shared approach to this on the Wye catchment, the same with the Usk and the Severn, and the rivers that respect no borders, they flow from Wales into England, from the Plynlimon hills down through areas in the border countries and then back into our major estuaries. So, it has to be a shared approach,...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you for the question. I'm very pleased to see water quality is clearly outlined as one of the key priorities of the new Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary of State. I've already held early discussions with the new UK Government and I'll continue to work closely with them on our shared vision for better water quality.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much for that supplementary, and indeed, we’ve already achieved quite a lot since the first river pollution summit was held way back in 2022, and we’ve had, as you say, those regular meetings. We’re really pleased with the way that partners have taken forward actions already, but at the Royal Welsh next week—which is going to be a busy week for me, I understand; a...

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I spoke to the new Secretary of State on Tuesday 9 July, and we discussed our mutual desire for improved relations and good collaborative working, going forward.

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: The Welsh Government is committed to tackling potential pollution associated with historical waste disposal sites. Our overarching drivers are the protection of human health and the environment. We continue to provide the regulatory framework to support local authorities and Natural Resources Wales to address sites suspected of causing pollution.  

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: We are supporting all local authorities to meet net-zero targets across a range of programmes, strategically through the WLGA Climate Support Programme, the Partnership Council for Wales and the local government climate strategy panel, and practically through expertise from the Welsh Government Energy Service.   

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (17 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: The Welsh Government provides a wide range of direct and indirect support. Our grants for investment in on-farm improvements, equipment and technology, the learning and development on offer from Farming Connect, or the advice from our own farm liaison service, for example, demonstrate our commitment to supporting a sustainable future for Welsh agriculture.

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Partnership approach to the new compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme ( 2 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Carolyn, for that. You are right, the approach to taking this forward I think is a signal of the way that we want to work across a range of sectors and ways of working within Government, which is work with those people on the front line, in this case, literally, in the field, dealing with cattle on a day-to-day basis, and learn from them what the benefits of this will be, as well...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Partnership approach to the new compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme ( 2 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Llyr, thank you very much for those questions, and thank you as well for, broadly speaking, the welcome for this on the basis that it has been brought forward by people who've been advocating for this for a long, long time, including Dr Neil Paton, but also being brought forward with full co-production. We often overuse that phrase, but this is genuine within this area, with the support of...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Partnership approach to the new compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme ( 2 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, James, very much, for those several questions. I can see that we haven't convinced you entirely, but I would simply say to you that this has been, actually, co-produced and led by those in the farming community—those in the cattle sector that have been very keen to see these steps forward, specifically to deal with the eradication of BVD, which has such a significant impact on...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Partnership approach to the new compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme ( 2 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Dirprwy Lywydd, I'd like to re-emphasise that the Welsh Government is listening to our rural communities and we will continue to listen. Eradicating BVD from Wales is certainly well within our reach. It bears testament to the dedication, collaboration and the shared vision between our farmers, vets, disease experts and our Welsh Government to create a healthier, greener and more prosperous...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Partnership approach to the new compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme ( 2 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: BVD seriously impacts animal health, welfare standards, and food production. It weakens our national herd, reduces milk yields, and it slows down growth. While not a public health or a food safety risk, BVD is a costly disease for farmers at a time when many farmers and farming communities are feeling under pressure. Losses are estimated in the millions of pounds each year because of...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Partnership approach to the new compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Scheme ( 2 Jul 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Dirprwy Lywydd. Today, I want to talk about how industry and the Government can tackle a challenging, cross-cutting issue together: the eradication of bovine viral diarrhoea, or BVD.

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Joyce, thank you very much, and I'm conscious that we're having some contributions here that are helping me write the community food strategy live. [Laughter.] There is this issue about how we can make that good, nutritious food available on our high streets, and something to do with how we use those empty spaces as well. It was very interesting when I was visiting relatives in Italy, going...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Carolyn, I'd be more than happy. If you could drop me a note on that, I'd be more than happy to see where that's got to and to kick-start that. And you mentioned how we can help with decarbonisation. There are number of ways; I touched on them very, very briefly in my opening remarks, but one of them is the carbon reduction plan pilot programme. This is quite an exciting project. It's being...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much, Jenny—a series of good questions there. In terms of not only Puffin Produce but the wider producers and the supply chain with it, I think this is exactly why a number of the measures I talked about in the opening statement are important from a product design perspective, to build resilience in and to use different ingredients, and so on and so forth. But also, at a...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Nothing at all. It would be good to have some voice. Regardless of who is sitting in those top seats at a UK level going forward, particularly in food, not just our primary producers, but in the wider food supply chain, we need to have that voice. I'm not saying veto, I'm saying a voice. It's the sort of voice that we used to have, curiously, before we went through Brexit. We now need to...


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