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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Overseas Aid: Females (4 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We are restoring funding for women and girls to pre-ODA cut levels over the Spending Review period, focusing on giving more girls a quality education; ending the extremely harmful practice of female genital mutilation, supporting girls' health; and ending the abhorrent use of sexual violence around the world. Following the Spending Review, decisions on allocations and individual programmes...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Environment Protection: Technology (4 Jan 2022)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Middle East and North Africa region, particularly as one of the most water stressed regions in the world, will be profoundly affected by climate change. Regional co-operation to address shared challenges, such as the water for energy deal, is necessary. The UK is committed to supporting the region transition to low carbon economies and to adapt to future climate change. Through Build Back...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Peat Bogs (31 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Peat is extracted in England for, primarily, horticultural purposes. Commercial extraction in England is licensed on approximately 664 hectares of peatland, across 29 sites. Whilst this represents less than 1% of England’s peatlands, extraction is a major source of carbon emissions, causes biodiversity loss and destroys habitats. Industry data tells us that in 2020 alone, 2.2 million...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Travel Restrictions (29 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Through our bilateral programmes, and the UK's important role working through the International Financial Institutions, we are helping governments and businesses in both South Africa and across the continent to access affordable financing and advice; and establish safety nets to support the most vulnerable. In April 2021, the UK, with other G20 countries, extended its suspension of debt...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Travel Restrictions (29 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The travel red list was a short term measure which ended at 4am on Wednesday 15th December. Through our bilateral programmes, and the UK's important role working through the International Financial Institutions, we are helping governments and businesses in southern Africa access affordable financing and advice; and establish safety nets to support the most vulnerable.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Colombia: Indigenous Peoples (29 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The British Government remains concerned about threats against human rights defenders, social leaders and indigenous communities in Colombia. UK ministers and senior officials regularly raise human rights issues, as well as specific cases of concern, with the Colombian Government, and in multilateral fora. Most recently, as the UK's Minister for Europe and Americas, Wendy Morton MP spoke to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Timber: Drax Power Station (29 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: I refer the noble Lady to my response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, which was published on 15 December and is available at: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/41426/defau lt/. A copy is also attached to this answer. Letter to EFRA Committee (pdf, 173.6KB)

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dragonflies: Conservation (29 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government is concerned by the recent findings of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, that 16 percent of dragonflies and damselflies are under threat of extinction globally. In England, 12 percent of the dragonflies and damselflies that breed here are threatened. As set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, the Government is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Antimicrobials (24 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government takes antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment seriously, as set out through the cross-Government 20-year vision for AMR and the five-year National Action Plan, which has specific and ambitious commitments. Our aim is to minimise the potential threat of AMR from the dispersal of the drivers for resistance in the environment. The Environment Agency (EA) has developed...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Weasels: Conservation (24 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The 2018 IUCN-compliant Red list assessment for Britain's terrestrial mammals classified weasels as Least Concern in Great Britain with an estimated population of 308,000; this assessment also noted that there is a deficiency of data on this species. The Government is aware of recent research suggesting the weasel may have undergone significant recent declines. The IUCN Red list assessments...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Northern Ireland Protocol (24 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: UK officials are continuing intensive discussions with EU counterparts regarding the NI Protocol and proposals as outlined in the Government's Command Paper. These will continue in the New Year.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations (23 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: In November, the UK worked with partners in the United Nations Security Council to secure the EUFOR stabilisation force's mandate for a further 12 months. Although the UK no longer participates in EUFOR following our withdrawal from the European Union, we liaise closely with Commander EUFOR and his team. We also support the NATO HQ in Sarajevo including though the secondment of UK staff...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peace Negotiations (23 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK takes seriously talk of secession and other threats to undo the progress of the last twenty-six years in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). We have called on those responsible to cease this destabilising and divisive rhetoric. As a UN Security Council and Peace Implementation Council Steering Board member, the UK is committed to upholding the General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH....

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: France: Antisemitism (23 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK and France stand together in opposing antisemitism. The UK works with France and other partners in the UN, OSCE, G7 and Council of Europe to promote and protect freedom of religion or belief for all.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sewage: Waste Disposal (23 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Progressive reduction in harm means that we expect Water Companies in England to continue to take the steps necessary to reduce the harm caused by Storm Overflows, even after the next price review period. This duty will complement the 'significant' reduction required by the draft Strategic Policy Statement (SPS). We have been clear that we want to see meaningful action in this place, and will...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations (22 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK remains committed to ensuring peace and upholding international law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Slovenia is a member of EUFOR, has personnel at NATO HQ in Sarajevo, and contributes to NATO's KFOR mission in Kosovo. Croatia also has military personnel in KFOR. In recent weeks, there have been a range of productive discussions on the Western Balkans in multilateral fora, including...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Landfill: Health Hazards (22 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: Operators of landfill sites are required to apply to the Environment Agency (EA) for an Environmental Permit before operations can commence. During the application process the EA assesses the impact of emissions to air from landfills on the environment and human health. The EA also assesses emissions during routine check monitoring and in response to specific incidents. Whenever there are...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trapping (22 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: When used improperly, snares can cause immense suffering and we are looking at whether changes are needed to address these concerns. The call for evidence on the use of snares will be launched in due course, and this is an issue we are looking at closely as part of our continued drive to maintain the highest animal welfare standards in the world.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inland Waterways: Sewage (22 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: There is a range of legal powers available to Defra and its regulators, such as the Environment Agency, to hold company directors to account when they cause or knowingly permit a breach of environmental regulations. These powers are used regularly to hold directors to account, including where necessary bringing forward criminal proceedings. If successful, prosecution can lead to company...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Production (22 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: My remark referred to comments made by my noble Friend during the passage of the Environment Bill, where he implied a focus on the environment could conflict with the need to produce food. The remark did not refer to the speech delivered by my noble Friend during the Beyond Brexit Debate (15 November 2021). The Government is committed to rewarding farmers and land managers for their role as...


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