Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Coastal Erosion and Floods (7 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: This reply relates to England only. The Environment Agency’s long term flood risk assessment for England allows people to look up their postcode to understand the likelihood that their home or property might flood, the possible causes of flooding, and where to find advice on managing flood risk. This is available at the Flood Warning Information Service page of Gov.uk,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Solid Fuels: Heating (7 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: As highlighted in my response to PQ 194079, the Government will take into account all factors that need to be considered in regulating the sale of the most polluting fuels. This includes the energy content of the fuels, the air quality benefits, and the impacts on business and households of switching to cleaner fuels. PM2.5 emissions generated per kwh will depend on the fuel, the appliance,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Children (5 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government has put in place a £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions, which includes £495 million for councils to improve air quality. We have consulted on our new world leading Clean Air Strategy, which includes new and ambitious goals, legislation, investment and policies which will help us to clean up our air faster and more effectively.These measures...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: The HSE is already very experienced. It is the competent authority on behalf of the European Chemicals Agency, or ECHA, in this country, but would the hon. Lady prefer that the future UK chemical regulation system did not have the information on which the ECHA is currently reliant?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: indicated dissent.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Palm Oil (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government has set out its ambition in the 25 Year Environment Plan to support and protect the world’s forests, supporting sustainable agriculture and supporting zero-deforestation supply chains including for palm oil. Through the Amsterdam Declarations and the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 we are working with business and other governments to strengthen governance, promote...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Children (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, on 27 November 2018, PQ UIN192868.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Educational Institutions (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: We do not make comparative assessment for individual buildings and establishments. However, we have provided local authorities with statutory duties and powers to review and assess local air quality and declare Air Quality Management Areas where necessary. The local authorities can put in place action plans to clean up the local air.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Conservation (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: Phase two of the current review of the UK Special Protection Area (SPA) network includes a number of options to promote conservation/protection of bittern. Four existing SPAs appear to support bittern in significant numbers and which are not currently classified for bitterns. In relation to restored and newly created reedbed habitats outside of existing SPA a number of sites have been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Palm Oil: Sales (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: The UK is determined to make good on commitments to support companies to implement zero-deforestation supply chains, including in respect of palm oil. Through the Amsterdam Declarations and the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, we are working with businesses and other governments to strengthen governance, promote market-based solutions and put in place incentives, policies and actions that...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Children (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, on 27 November 2018 to PQ 192868.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Non-native Species (4 Dec 2018)
Therese Coffey: The government will be introducing the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order to implement the EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation (EU1143/2014). Our enforcement strategy has been designed to combat the negative effects of invasive non-native species that are listed as ‘of union concern’. Both grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)...


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