Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trapping: EU Law (20 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: We plan to lay the Leghold Trap and Pelt Imports (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 before Parliament to come into force on 29 March 2019. This legislation will ensure that leghold traps will continue to be prohibited. We will continue to ban the introduction into the UK of pelts and manufactured goods incorporating such pelts of certain wild animal species, unless the pelts...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Smithills Estate (20 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: I visited Smithills earlier this year where I planted one of the first trees with the Woodland Trust. Defra officials have been informed of the damage to Smithills, which is one of the many sites that together will form the Northern Forest.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wildlife: Trade (20 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: As a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in our own right, after we leave the EU the UK will continue working to ensure that no species becomes extinct as a result of unsustainable trade. The UK is committed to continuing to play an active role internationally and we will honour our obligations. We will work to develop our own innovative...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forests: Conservation (19 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government has a manifesto commitment to ensure stronger protection for our ancient woodlands and the irreplaceable nature of ancient woodlands is recognised in our 25 Year Environment Plan. Defra and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government are working together to identify further ways to protect ancient woodlands through the National Planning Policy Framework.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Waste (19 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: Data on exports of waste materials generally is published by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and is available at:https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Pages/Home.aspx. This data is collected at a UK level and data relating specifically to Coventry is not available. Data on the collection and disposal and recycling of waste for Coventry will be held by Coventry City Council, and is reported...

Litter Strategy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. I do not know off the top of my head how many vehicles have been seized, but I know that the Environment Agency and local authorities have been keen to make use of the power. If he wanted to table a written question, I would be more than happy to get that data to him as quickly as possible.

Litter Strategy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) on securing this debate on a subject that, as she rightly points out, matters to so many people. Litter is unpleasant and absolutely unnecessary. Litter louts exhibit behaviour that is selfish, lazy and downright irresponsible. Our litter...

Litter Strategy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend raises a good point. I was going to bring the matter up later, but I will do so now. Highways England is responsible for cleaning alongside motorways and some of our major trunk roads, and it often contracts that to the local authority. However, to respond to one of the questions my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet asked, we are not considering changing the law...

Litter Strategy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: That is good to know. Officials will be working on that as we speak, as they have heard this debate. Since publishing the strategy last year, I have worked with the Department for Transport and Highways England to build on the work they already had under way to develop both new methods to reduce the amount of litter on the road network and ways to improve litter removal practices. Thinking...

Litter Strategy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: Shocking.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Footpaths (18 Jul 2018)
Therese Coffey: Under the national trails 'New Deal' funding formula, Natural England provides funds for the maintenance of national trails, including new England coast path stretches as they commence. In 2018/19 this amounts to £1.81 million. For 2018/19, the Pennine Way will receive a total allocation of £199,253 which will be matched locally at a minimum ratio of 3:1 (national:local), so...

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (18 Jul 2018)
EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee: The Future of REACH regulations post-Brexit. 10:00 am; Room 2, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: (at 10:30 AM) Dr Therese Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Defra Ms Gabrielle Edwards, Deputy Director, Chemicals, Pesticides and Hazardous Waste, Defra


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