Since joining the Government in July 2014, Therese now shares that corporate responsibility. While she no longer speaks from the backbenches or tables questions, she continues to make representations to the Government on behalf of constituents and businesses, as well as on specific campaigns. She no longer signs EDMs for the same reason.

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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Curlews: Conservation (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: The England network of 87 classified special protection areas, covering approximately 1.5 million hectares of key habitats, protects many rare, threatened and vulnerable birds including curlews. Natural England is working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on a recovery programme aimed at providing a coordinated approach to the management of curlew habitats to increase...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Charges: Schools (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Information on average water and sewerage charges for particular groups of customers is not readily available centrally. Water companies set out the basis for all their charges in charges schemes, published annually on their websites. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs does not intend to undertake another review of the guidance in relation to concessionary schemes for...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Housing (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Many everyday activities essential for supporting lives and livelihoods such as generating power, transport, industry, agriculture and heating homes, also emit damaging air pollutants which the UK has made legal commitments to control. Defra is working closely with the Department of Health, Public Health England, and their advisors the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Beverage Containers: Recycling (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government wants to maximise recycling and to promote comprehensive collections of materials. I would encourage Cornwall and all other local councils to take opportunities to recycle more materials where they can and to make it easier for householders to recycle. This Government remains committed to increasing recycling rates and is developing a Resources and Waste Strategy.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sheffield Station: Pollution (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Sheffield City Council has been identified in the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations as a local authority with concentrations of NO2 projected to be persistently in exceedance of the legal limit in locations on the A57, A61 and A630. The Government is working with Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to produce a local air quality...


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