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...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Management (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Surveys for black grouse are generally carried out at country level, but vary in frequency and sampling methods. It is therefore not possible to provide estimates at the UK level for the last five years. The last comprehensive survey of the black grouse population was undertaken in 2005, which estimated there were approximately 5100 breeding pairs in Great Britain. In 2016 a formal...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Breeding: Game (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: The government has no plans to ban the breeding of pheasants and partridges for the shooting industry.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Black Grouse: Conservation (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Surveys for black grouse are generally carried out at country level, but vary in frequency and sampling methods. It is therefore not possible to provide estimates at the UK level for the last five years. The last comprehensive survey of the black grouse population was undertaken in 2005, which estimated there were approximately 5100 breeding pairs in Great Britain. In 2016 a formal...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government has announced a Clean Air Fund, which will allow local authorities to bid for additional money to support the implementation of measures to improve air quality. This could include interventions such as improvements to local bus fleets, support for concessionary travel and more sustainable modes of transport such as cycling, or infrastructure changes. These interventions could...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Grasslands: Conservation (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Environmental policy is devolved across the four nations of the UK. Defra, the Scottish and Welsh governments and the Northern Ireland Executive share a high-level ambition to improve the environment for the next generation and are committed to work together to foster this ambition. In England, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations protect rural land in England that is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: European Chemicals Agency (17 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Withdrawal Bill will convert current EU law into domestic law wherever practical, giving consumers and businesses as much certainty as possible. This includes laws relating to chemicals. The UK is strongly committed to the effective and safe management of chemicals. That will not change when we leave the EU. While it would not be appropriate to pre-judge the outcome of the negotiations...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment: Conservation (16 Nov 2017)
Therese Coffey: Departments routinely publish details of Ministers meetings' which contain the names of external organisations. The data is available here and the next set will be published in due course: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-hospital ity-gifts-meetings-overseas-travel.


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