Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (14 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Defra publishes the report: ‘Air Pollutant Inventories for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’ in the autumn each year. This report provides the total annual emissions in England of PM2.5. 2018 total emissions of PM2.5 in England will be published in autumn 2020, and 2017 total emissions of PM2.5 in England will be published in autumn 2019. The URL for the latest report is:...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (14 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Green bridges are structures designed to provide wildlife and non-motorised users with easy and safe crossing of main roads and railways. In 2015, Natural England published a review of the literature on green bridges. The review looked at 53 case studies from Europe and North America and found evidence that, in the majority of cases, green bridges were utilised by wildlife, although an...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (14 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Each year the Government publishes an indicator of trends in populations of wild bees and other pollinators in the UK. The indicator measures changes in the distribution of almost 400 species of bees and other insects since 1980 and shows that, for all pollinating insects, the indicator has declined by 22% since 1980 although it has stabilised in recent years. For bees, the indicator has...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity: Gardens (14 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Under the National Pollinator Strategy the Government works with research, voluntary and private sector partners to develop advice so everyone can provide and manage nesting and feeding habitat for bees and other insects in their gardens, window boxes, allotments or community gardens. We promote this advice through the Bees’ Needs website and through the Defra-coordinated, annual Bees’...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity: South East (14 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government has implemented a range of measures to both protect and increase biodiversity across the country. In London 6,000 hectares have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with some 141,000 hectares designated as SSSI across the south east. These protected sites host habitats and species of international importance for wildlife conservation. Examples include...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (14 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Domestic biodiversity policy is a devolved matter. The UK government has a range of performance indicators for England, although we do also work with the devolved administrations to compile indicators at UK scale for international reporting. In June 2019 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published its Single Departmental Plan which includes biodiversity performance...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Wild Camp: Finance (13 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Defra provided £4,999 to the Lake District National Park Authority. Defra has not paid any money to UK Wild Camp.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inland Waterways: Access (12 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: There has been no assessment made by the Department and none is planned.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Rivers (12 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government has set a target to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within the lifetime of the 25 year Environment Plan (by 2042) and set aside £20 million for research and development managed through the Plastics Innovation Fund in March 2018. A further £10 million was committed in the 2018 Autumn Budget for continued/additional plastics research and development along with £10...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inland Waterways: Access (12 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: No.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (12 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: No, the previous national car scrappage scheme was undertaken to support the car industry and for any nationwide scrappage schemes there are concerns over deliverability and value for money. However, we have not restricted the types of measures eligible local authorities could bid for funding for from the Clean Air Fund.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Update: General Licences for Controlling Wild Birds (12 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: On 4th May, Defra took on decision-making for the purposes covered by the general licences that had been revoked by Natural England on 25th April. An evidence-gathering exercise was then initiated in order to determine next steps which closed on 13th May. 4378 responses were received, some of which were general opinions. 3952 responses were more specific and have provided a useful set of...


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