Results 41–60 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

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...

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

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government committed to trebling woodland creation rates to 30,000 hectares per year in the UK by the end of this Parliament. The Government aims to at least treble woodland creation in England over that time period to contribute to that target and will maintain new planting at least at this level from 2025 onwards. After centuries of deforestation, tree cover in the UK reached its low...

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

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The UK Government published a consultation on 3 December 2021 to seek views on how the world-leading due diligence provisions introduced in the Environment Act should be implemented. The consultation will be open until 11 March 2022 and is available at: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/international-biodiversity-and- climate/implementing-due-diligence-forest-risk-commodities/ Although the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Food Aid (21 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: This conflict in Ethiopia has caused a humanitarian catastrophe, with the UN estimating that 9.4 million people across the north of the country require life-saving aid. Over 400,000 people in Tigray are experiencing famine-like conditions. The context could not be more serious. We remain extremely concerned about the limited delivery of humanitarian aid across northern Ethiopia with conflict...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Food Aid (21 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: This conflict in Ethiopia has caused a humanitarian catastrophe, with the UN estimating that 9.4 million people across the north of the country require life-saving aid. Over 400,000 people in Tigray are experiencing famine-like conditions. The context could not be more serious. Since the outset of the conflict in November 2020 the UK has continually advocated for unfettered access for all...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment: Crime (21 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: We do not currently have plans to introduce such a law in the UK, but we have strengthened regulations in England in recent months to protect the environment. These are enforced by a variety of regulators including the newly-established Office of Environmental Protection, the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Forestry Commission, the Marine Management Organisation, Ofwat, the Drinking...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Livestock: Dogs (21 Dec 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: The Government takes the issue of livestock worrying very seriously, recognising the distress this can cause farmers and animals as well as the financial implications, which can be very significant. Following recent reports on the issue, including by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, we are taking forward recommendations to modernise the relevant legal framework (the Dogs (Protection...


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