Results 121–140 of 10000 for speaker:Huw Irranca-Davies

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Well, Llywydd, today on the Senedd floor, the privilege we have to be here, there are 101 important environmental matters that could have been brought to my attention by Janet as the frontbench spokesman. Rather than that, she's focused on issues that the First Minister has already addressed repeatedly. And let me just say in terms of the red lines on this as well: there is a Cabinet...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Well, Janet, can I deal with the substance of your question rather than the political points that you're making? The substance of your question is to do with the environmental governance within Wales, and it is a factor of our withdrawal from the EU that we lost that framework, and we now have to put in place—. And I give credit, I have to say, to the interim assessor, and a very small...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Deposit-return Scheme (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Jack, we will, of course, continue that engagement. My thanks for your engagement in this role, with your chairmanship of that group as well, which is a very well-loved cross-party group, I have to say, here in the Senedd. We'll continue that engagement, but just to reiterate: this is not Wales being the odd one out here. This is Wales trying to do the right thing for our planet, for...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Deposit-return Scheme (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Luke, and I get a feeling I'm going to get some invitation from Bang-On Brewery at some time to go down and visit their premises. I'll clearly be hugely reluctant to take up that invitation—no, I'll definitely accept it, if it does come. But just to say that working with businesses has already been extensively under way. Can I just remind all colleagues who are contributing to...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Deposit-return Scheme (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Well, a couple of points to make in response, Tom. First of all, not only are we keen to engage, but we have been engaging, and I've had two or three round-tables, including with the supply chain, including with brewers, the retail and hospitality sector, over the last few weeks that I've been in post. I'm keen to engage with them, keen to work through how we take this forward. But just a...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Deposit-return Scheme (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I will, Tom, and thank you. On 25 April, a joint statement on the deposit-return scheme was published, outlining the interoperability positions agreed by all four nations. Having worked closely with England and Northern Ireland on the development of their legislation, it forms the basis for our legislation, which is now being drafted.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: New Gas-fired Power Plants in Arfon (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Mark, for that supplementary, and this isn't an either/or because climate justice and social justice are our twin economic missions and achieving both of them requires collaboration. For our part, the just transition to net zero is at the very heart of this Government; it's embedded throughout everything we do. We will ensure workers and consumers are front and centre in the...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: New Gas-fired Power Plants in Arfon (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Siân. I cannot make comments on specific cases. But, as the First Minister made clear yesterday, our general policy does not support the construction of new power plants that are fossil-fuel powered. We must reduce fossil fuel emissions and increase generation from renewable sources to meet our ambitious climate targets.

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I remain committed to our ambitious 5-Year Animal Welfare Plan, including our Programme for Government commitments. I am confident our Plan will deliver real and lasting improvements to the lives of farmed, companion and other kept animals across Wales.

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Soil health planning is an integral part of the proposed Scheme as a ‘Universal Action’. Understanding soil health is important for the resilience of farm businesses by helping to reduce waste and increasing production potential. We plan to encourage and reward further improvements to soils health through the Scheme.  

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: In 2021 we published Net Zero Wales, our emissions reduction plan for Carbon Budget 2. It sets out the actions we are taking across all emissions sectors and builds the foundations for Carbon Budget 3, and our net zero 2050 target. Our focus is now on delivering the plan.  

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (15 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: As I advised the Member in April, our priorities are set out in the Animal Welfare Plan for Wales. It includes a timetable for delivery against our Programme for Government commitments and other animal welfare priorities. Our latest progress report was published February.

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Okay, no pressure. [Laughter.] Look, I can give you that genuine assurance that the work in some ways only starts today, because, now, this is really the business end of delivering an SFS that is not only coherent and comprehensive, and sets an approach now for a generation, going forward, but also brings everybody with us. There's a job of work to be done with that. It's interesting that...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Vikki, and thank you for those suggestions as well. We will certainly consider, going forward, how we get that balance right with the optional collaborative, and where we can learn from previous schemes. And we will certainly make sure that in the membership of the ministerial round-table, going forward, that the interests of those who are tenant farmers but also those who farm...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Sam. Listen, I'd echo the thanks to all those organisations who made submissions to the consultation but who also engaged, including in the run-up to the protest. And I've said previously, I think, in terms of Senedd Cymru, Welsh Parliament, people actually protesting outside we should welcome. It's part of the political engagement. We really should. And then we should listen to...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Alun, thank you very much. I will take that compliment, and particularly from a former agricultural Minister himself, and the time I genuinely enjoyed working with you when I was UK environment Minister and we sat across the table in Brussels and so on—sometimes we're in danger of harking back to those days a bit too much. I can hear the grumbling going on already so I won't. Your point on...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: That's a great final question there, Jane. Thank you. I like your terminology there on a 'reset'. There's an enormous amount of work been done on this already—seven years of discussions, consultations, roadshows, whatever. We've got to a place where we do have a lot of agreement—I keep saying this; we genuinely do—on the broad framework, the high-level objectives, and many details of...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Diolch yn fawr iawn, Mabon. Can I turn, first of all, to the BVD issue? I can give you a further update to the question you raised the other day. First of all, we fully understand and appreciate the very serious impact of BVD, not just on standards of animal health and welfare, but also the impact of the disease on production and the serious economic costs as well to farm businesses....

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much, Russell. First of all, on the carbon sequestration and the 10 per cent trees, we've set up a panel deliberately to look at that. So, as opposed to ruling anything out, we want to consider those other options as part of that work that others have suggested might be good other ways of doing it. I think quite a lot of people here previously have been signatories to the...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The future of farming in Wales (14 May 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Jenny, thank you so much for that question. Do you know, I, like you, am something of a fanatic about soil health, and the way that delivers multiple benefits? And we see it when it goes wrong as well, when you don't have soil, when you just have mud, and you have fields where the run-off is just taking that down into the streams below. Soil health, I can tell you, is part of the...


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