Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish a call for evidence on the refuse-derived fuel market; and what timetable he has set for publication of recommendations arising from that consultation. [R]
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the export of waste from the UK; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent increase in exports of refuse-derived fuel on gate fees in the UK. [R]
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to establish and increase partnerships with faith groups to tackle violence against women and girls. [R]
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce a decision on Solihull Metropolitan borough council's local plan.
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time is for approval of local plans submitted by local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) nationality and (b) gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the Salvation Army in August 2013; in which (i) region, (ii) county and (iii) parliamentary constituency each of the suspected victims was found; and which agency referred each case to the scheme.
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of Cyclone Phailin in India; and if she will make a statement.
Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what practical steps the Government plans to take to make the trade in coltan conflict-free.
Caroline Spelman: DEFRA works closely with the food industry to encourage innovation, competitiveness and growth. The joint Government-industry action plan, “Driving Export Growth in the Farming, Food and Drink Sector”, published in January, details how we will work together to open up and take advantage of key markets to boost our economy and generate jobs.
Caroline Spelman: Drought is a natural phenomenon and so the Government together with the Environment Agency and water companies have contingency plans. Since May 2011, we have held three drought summits and established the National Drought Group to co-ordinate actions to manage the impacts of the drought. Water companies are taking action to conserve the public water supply. We put resilience at the heart of...
Caroline Spelman: Food waste in the UK is valued at £17 billion a year and when landfilled produces methane. Working with retailers and manufacturers, we are reducing food waste through the Courtauld Commitment, helping households waste less and save money through WRAP'S Love Food Hate Waste campaign, and clearing up confusion with our date-labelling guidance.
Caroline Spelman: The Foresight report on the Future of Food and Farming identified the global challenges we face feeding an estimated population of 9 billion in 2050. The UK Government are working at home and abroad to increase resilience, promote open global markets, boost trade and ensure there will be more food, at less cost to the environment.
Caroline Spelman: The Foresight report to the Government's chief scientific adviser on food and farming futures highlighted the need for transparency in global food markets and liberalisation of international trade to address price volatility. The Government are committed to promoting better functioning of agricultural markets to help mitigate future price spikes. Last week I attended the G20 Agriculture...
Caroline Spelman: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier to questions 6 and 7.
Caroline Spelman: Lord Henley attended Agriculture Council to represent the UK. I spent two days this week in Brussels where the Environment Council discussed CAP reform and met members of the European Parliament, including the officers and rapporteur of the Agriculture Committee, to discuss CAP reform as.-the European Parliament has the power of co-decision.
Caroline Spelman: Since the beginning of October last year we have received over 4,200 representations on the sale of the public forest estate.
Caroline Spelman: We have recently published the selection criteria for woodland in the Forestry Commission's 2011-12 asset sales programme. The Forestry Commission is currently identifying woods which meet these criteria and so no further details are available at this time. Details of woodlands to be sold in subsequent years will only be developed once the public forest estate consultation has concluded.
Caroline Spelman: Last week I spoke at the launch of Sir John Beddington's Foresight report on global food security. The report is clear that with almost one billion people hungry and significant environmental degradation business as usual is not sustainable. The UK Government are determined to show international leadership on this issue. We are committed to international development and better functioning...
Caroline Spelman: I do not anticipate the CAP being discontinued in the next Financial Perspective (2014-20), but it should be reformed to enable farmers to adapt to the future. Agriculture needs to move away from permanent subsidy by continuing the market orientation of the industry. As the Prime Minister has made clear, the EU Budget also needs to reflect the budgetary constraints on European economies. The...
Caroline Spelman: The UK is committed to ambitious reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) that delivers good value for farmers, taxpayers, consumers and the environment. A future CAP must enable a sustainable, thriving and competitive EU agriculture and food sector that is able to rise to the challenges and opportunities of the future. Negotiations on CAP will begin formally in the context of a...