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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: On 12 November the Secretary of State set out plans to consult on a new, independent and statutory body to hold the Government and potentially public authorities to account on the environment once we have left the European Union. We are already gathering views from stakeholders and will consult widely when we bring forward our proposals for this body.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling: Fines (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Councils already have a range of powers to intervene though we think it is better for councils to work with householders and help them to recycle more, rather than punish them for getting things wrong. That is why criminal penalties were removed in 2015.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: The regulations do not specify where the proceeds of the charge are distributed, but retailers are expected and encouraged to donate the proceeds of the charge (after deducting VAT and other reasonable costs) to good causes such as charities or community groups. Our data shows that over the 18 months since the charge was introduced at least £95 million was donated to a variety of good...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste: Exports (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Data on exports of waste materials generally is published by HMRC and is available at the following link https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Pages/Home.aspx In 2015 the UK exported 14 million tonnes of scrap materials (recyclable materials left over from product manufacturing and consumption, which had a monetary value including textiles, rubber, plastic, paper, copper, aluminium, nickel, lead,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: We welcome the Government Chief Scientific Advisor's report, From Waste to Resource Productivity and its focus on the importance of understanding the dynamics of UK material and waste flows. This issue is reflected in the new 25 Year Environment Plan, published on 11 January, and further actions will be developed through the national resources and waste strategy due to be published later this...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Waste (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which receives funding from Defra, launched the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in March 2016. This is an ambitious ten-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system to identify priorities, develop solutions and implement changes at scale, both within signatory organisations and by spreading new best practice...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: UK zoos are already required to have robust controls in place to make sure that all animals in their collections can be properly accounted for. A zoo needs a licence from its local authority to operate and will be inspected before a licence is issued and periodically thereafter. Zoos are required to maintain robust records of individual animals in their collection and to make these available...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Leeds (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Funding will be allocated to Leeds City Council in line with its plan, once agreed, to achieve compliance in the shortest time possible. Leeds City Council has to date been awarded £1.4 million of funding for the undertaking of a feasibility study and the implementation of early measures to improve air quality in the city as part of developing its local plan. Leeds City Council was also...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Poaching (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: The 25 Year Environment Plan set out our plans to investigate the feasibility of an anti-poaching taskforce. We will set out next steps and further details in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators and Landfill: Air Pollution (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Operators of landfills in England are required to risk assess emissions, including particulate matter. Where the risk assessment shows it is necessary, the environmental permit will require monitoring of particulates in and around the site. The operator may also be required to take steps to control emissions. Environmental permits require incinerator operators to continuously monitor total...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Supermarkets: Waste (19 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: We will continue to support the redistribution of unsold edible and nutritious surplus stock from food businesses to individuals in need. Work to encourage redistribution of surplus food will continue under Courtauld 2025 in the redistribution working group. Business signatories including leading retailers, manufacturers, and food redistribution organisations have agreed an ambition to work...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Factory Farming: Ammonia and Nitrates (17 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: In 2015, agriculture accounted for around 81% of total UK ammonia emissions. Nitrate pollution from farming accounts for 50% of nitrate water pollution. That is why intensive pig and poultry farms are regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. These farms must have an environmental permit which sets limits on their emissions and requires the use of best available techniques...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: Meters (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Water companies provide data to the Environment Agency on households that have a meter fitted, as part of the annual review of their water resources management plans. The following table sets out the proportions by water company, as of March 2017. Water Company Percentage of household metering Affinity Water 47 Anglian Water 77 Bristol Water 47 Cambridge Water 70 Essex...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law to provide businesses, communities and stakeholders with maximum certainty as we leave the EU. We will then have the opportunity, over time, to ensure our legislative framework is outcome driven and delivers on our overall commitment of improving the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Abandoned Vehicles (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Where it appears to a local authority that a vehicle in its area is abandoned, it has a duty to remove the vehicle, unless (in the case of vehicles not on a carriageway) the cost of moving the vehicle to the nearest carriageway would be unreasonably high. There is no statutory definition of ‘abandoned’, and it is for councils to determine whether any particular vehicle has been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Public Expenditure (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Government is investing £2.6 billion (including the additional £76m announced in the last Budgert) between 2015 and 2021, delivering at least 1,500 new flood defence schemes and better protecting 300,000 homes. The six year Capital Investment Programme will provide Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid as shown below for flood and coastal risk management schemes by NUTS 1 regions. Where...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tea: Polymers (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: There are no specific plans for tea bags. In December the Secretary of State chaired an industry roundtable on plastics and outlined a four point plan for tackling plastic waste that takes action at each stage of the product lifecycle – production, consumption and end of life: cutting the total amount of plastic in circulation; reducing the number of different plastics in use;...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forests: North of England (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Over the next 25 years the Woodland Trust and Community Forest Trust are aiming to plant more than 50 million trees from Liverpool to Hull. This Northern Forest will connect the five Community Forests in the north of England with green infrastructure and woodland created in and around major urban centres. Planting will target areas where trees provide benefits for local communities and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forests: North of England (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Over the next 25 years the Woodland Trust and Community Forest Trust are aiming to plant more than 50 million trees from Liverpool to Hull. This Northern Forest will connect the five Community Forests in the north of England with green infrastructure and woodland created in and around major urban centres. Planting will target areas where trees provide benefits for local communities and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Golden Eagles (16 Jan 2018)

Therese Coffey: Golden eagle re-introductions are a devolved issue. In England there are currently no plans to re-introduce golden eagles.


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