Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statistics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has stopped collecting since May 2010; and why.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

Defra periodically reviews all the information businesses have to provide to it. In 2014 we produced the Smarter Data Plan to ensure we only ask for information that is needed and used, and that it is easy to submit. Data that is no longer collected does not have an impact on how Defra delivers its policy priorities.

Since 2010 we have stopped collecting the following data sets:

· “Earnings and Hours of Agricultural and Horticultural Workers Survey” in 2011. A review of the survey concluded that suitable alternative data is published via the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.

· Crop areas data collection ceased in 2011. The Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) collect and publish this information.

· We stopped the collection of volatile fractions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and mercury and platinum in particulate ambient air, which was monitored with other aspects of air quality under Directive 2004/107/EC, because the evidential value and cost effectiveness was low.

· In order to reduce burdens on local authorities, the following are no longer collected by Defra:

· Fixed penalty notices (FPN) issued for 15 environmental offences.

· Local Environmental Quality Survey of England (LEQSE).

· Annual survey (from 2001/02 to 2014/15) of litter and six other indicators of cleanliness: detritus, weed growth, staining, graffiti, fly-posting and leaf and blossom fall.

· Three yearly survey of local authority action on adapting to climate change.

· Air quality - NOx and primary PM10 emissions through local authorities’ estate and operations. This was stopped as it duplicated reporting under Article IV of the Environment Act 1995.

· Local Cleanliness National Indicator.

· Local authority self-assessment against standards for the control system for animal health stopped in April 2011.

· Local authority flood risk management capacity.

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