Results 161–180 of 10000 for speaker:Huw Irranca-Davies

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...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The New Workplace Recycling Regulations (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: It's a fact of my life. I can't play cricket either now as well because I can't look down the crease as I can't turn my head. But, anyway, it's a really helpful question. First of all, it's been 10 years in the making—10 years—and we've already actually put in place a six-month delay in order to refine it in response to previously being asked. I mentioned in response to Hefin David's...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The New Workplace Recycling Regulations (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: James, thank you for that helpful supplementary question. And, Llywydd, just to point out to people, the reason I can't turn around that well is that, fit and healthy as I am, I can't turn my neck—[Interruption.] [Laughter.] But, just to explain, in case you think I'm ignoring you, or you think I'm turning my back on you, I'm permanently like this. 

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The New Workplace Recycling Regulations (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Hefin, for that question. It's a real practical question as well, with a policy that is very well-intentioned and will deliver real results. It's how do we help those organisations, particularly not the big public sector organisations, but those charitable organisations, third sector organisations, to manage their way through this, as well, by the way, as small businesses as well....

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The New Workplace Recycling Regulations (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Hefin. Yes. The regulations in question will increase recycling and reduce carbon emissions by keeping high-quality materials in use for as long as possible. This will reduce waste incinerated and landfilled whilst helping our economy and the resilience of supply chains, and it represents a vital step in tackling the climate and nature emergencies that we face.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Opencast Coal Mine Restoration Plans (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: I thank you for that supplementary question, because, in fact, the instance that I referred to in my first response was indeed Parc Slip, which is on our doorstep. Two local authorities involved with it; two local authorities who've had to, alongside, I have to say, interest from wildlife organisations as well, if the liabilities and so on could be sorted out—. But it's been going on for...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Opencast Coal Mine Restoration Plans (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Sioned, and we are very aware of the concerns of residents that have been expressed and we've seen a lot of that in the public domain as well, and in fact, we've had correspondence as well, and we've seen Delyth raise it and I've seen the Member for Merthyr, my colleague Dawn Bowden, has actually written to my predecessor in this role or to the current Cabinet Member on this regard...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Opencast Coal Mine Restoration Plans (17 Apr 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Coal tip safety falls under the portfolio of the Cabinet Secretary—my colleague—for Housing, Local Government and Planning. Nonetheless, the Welsh Government's coal tip safety programme, including its inspection and maintenance regime and a new disused coal tips Bill, places community safety at the very heart of its objectives.

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

Huw Irranca-Davies: Work is progressing well to create a timber-based industrial strategy that can develop and sustain the high-value production and processing of Welsh wood. Next steps include a public consultation on the timber strategy and associated skills plan, with the intention of publishing a final version by the end of 2024.

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

Huw Irranca-Davies: My officials are closely monitoring the situation regarding Thames Water’s loan default. I am reassured that Ofwat have no specific concerns with the financial resilience of our water companies in Wales. The not-for-profit status of Wales's largest water company ensures that money is not spent on dividends for shareholders but is used instead to benefit customers and strengthen balance sheets.

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

Huw Irranca-Davies: The Welsh Government works closely with local authorities and Natural Resources Wales as lead flood risk management authorities. On 19 March, the previous Minister for Climate Change announced the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Programme 2024 to 2025, which included £800,000 for NRW to progress construction work at Sandycroft, Flintshire.

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

Huw Irranca-Davies: There are tight regulatory controls over storm overflows. Where water companies fail to comply, we expect appropriate enforcement action to be taken by NRW as the regulator. We work closely with water companies, regulators and industry stakeholders to tackle storm overflows through water company business plans and better river quality taskforce action plans.

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

Huw Irranca-Davies: My sympathies are with all those affected by recent flood events in Kinmel Bay. We know it is impossible to stop or prevent all flooding, but are working to build resilient communities. This year, we are investing £14.1 million in Kinmel Bay under our coastal risk management programme.


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