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Results 161–180 of 9000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Elliot Morley

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture (Sustainability/Climate Change) (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: On 7 February 2005 Defra held a seminar to help raise awareness in the stakeholder community, and identify potential practical adaptation strategies within UK agriculture to tackle the impacts of climate change. The outcomes from this event were fed into the first ever Joint Informal Council on Environment and Agriculture, held in September 2005 under the UK presidency of the EU. The joint...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ammonium Nitrate Fertiliser (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Government do not hold records on the commercial sale of ammonium nitrate fertiliser. I understand that records of commercial sales are kept by Industry (the Agricultural Industries Confederation).

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ammonium Nitrate Fertiliser (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Government have no immediate plans to restrict either the commercial sale of, nor the levels of nitrate in, ammonium nitrate (AN) fertiliser. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend, the then Minister for Rural Affairs of 25 May 2004, Official Report, column 1493W, which outlined the measures taken at the time to control the supply of AN fertilisers....

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Biofuels (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Department is in regular contact with the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss a whole range of issues related to bio-energy, including the impacts on biodiversity. Most transport biofuel feedstocks will be grown in rotation as part of a mix of several crops on the farm. Production from a mix of feedstocks and replacing crops for food would have a neutral effect on biodiversity....

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: EU INSPIRE Directive (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: Copies of the Regulatory Impact Assessment and the supplementary explanatory memorandum on the implementation of the EU INSPIRE directive were sent to the International Affairs Section of the House of Commons Library in 2005 via a Cabinet Office circulation list for explanatory memoranda. Copies of both documents are available in the Library. In addition, the Regulatory Impact Assessment will...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Government currently accepts certificates from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme as a means of assuring central departments that their demand for timber from legal and sustainable sources is being met. That acceptance is provisional on recent changes made to the PEFC scheme being implemented by the national schemes endorsed by PEFC. An initial...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: Ministers took the decision taking account of a range of views, including external stakeholders.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Tallow (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: Information on the quantity of tallow burned as waste by incineration and co-incineration is not available. The EU Animal By-products Regulation 1774/2002(EC) which came into effect in 2003 requires tallow when burnt to be disposed of as waste by incineration or co-incineration in accordance with the Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Tallow (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: There is no ban on the sale or burning of tallow, so no assessments of this kind have been made. Installations may burn tallow provided they comply with regulatory requirements. If, as is usually the case, the tallow is waste within the definition given in the EU Waste Framework Directive, the regulatory requirements include one for a permit issued under the Pollution Prevention and Control...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Tallow (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: Installations may burn tallow provided they comply with regulatory requirements. If, as is usually the case, the tallow is waste within the definition given in the EU Waste Framework Directive, the regulatory requirements include one for a permit issued under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000 incorporating the requirements of the EU Waste Incineration Directive. The...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Water Shortages (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: A number of actions fell to the Government following the Water Summit of May 1997 which was convened to carry forward manifesto commitments. The legislative changes necessary to implement those actions have been made.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Water Shortages (3 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: Breach of a hosepipe ban is an offence under section 76 of the Water Industry Act 1991. The maximum penalty on conviction in a magistrates court is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (2 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: The UK climate impacts programme is conducting ongoing work to provide scenarios to show how our climate might change and co-ordinating research on dealing with our future climate. This includes work on climate change impacts on the agriculture sector. Research suggests that climate change impacts do not appear to threaten the viability of the agriculture industry as a whole in the UK due to...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Cemetries (2 May 2006)

Elliot Morley: The principal means of control to protect the water environment are the Environment Agency's powers and duties under the Water Resources Act 1991, the Environment Act 1995 and the Groundwater Regulations 1998. The Environment Agency's booklet Assessing the Groundwater Pollution Potential of Cemetery Development" gives advice to operators on assessing the risk to groundwater from existing and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (27 Apr 2006)

Elliot Morley: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2394W, about the remit of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) and the Australian Forest Standard. CPET checked the PEFC scheme in February 2006 to see how the endorsed national schemes were implementing the new requirements introduced by the PEFC Council in 2004 and 2005. CPET examined 14...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (27 Apr 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) may assess a forest certification scheme as no longer meeting the Government's criteria for robust assurance of sustainable timber sources but it would be for the Government to decide what advice CPET should give to central departments as a result. The circumstances under which a forest certification scheme would fail the test for credible...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (27 Apr 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Government currently accept certificates from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme as assurance of legal and sustainable timber sources. This acceptance is subject to the UK Government being satisfied that national forest certification schemes endorsed by PEFC are all applying the PEFC standard consistently in their own countries. A sample check has been...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (27 Apr 2006)

Elliot Morley: Representatives of the UK and Australian Governments, including officials as well as Ministers of State, met with each other on the following dates to discuss the UK Government's timber procurement policy and within those discussions talked about the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes: 07 March 2006—Ministers and officials 20 March 2006—officials only 24...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (27 Apr 2006)

Elliot Morley: The outstanding issues relate to the decision making process for forest management standard setting as adopted by the national schemes that have been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The PEFC Council's new requirement for standard setting is that "The formal approval of standards shall be based on evidence of consensus". An initial examination of...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies (27 Apr 2006)

Elliot Morley: The Director General of Water Services publishes leakage figures annually in the 'Security of supply, leakage and the efficient use of water' reports. Total water company leakage for 2004–05, in megalitres per day, was reported as follows: Megalitres Anglian 214 Bournemouth and W Hants 22 Bristol 53 Cambridge 14 Dee Valley 11 Dwr Cymru 226 Folkestone and...


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