Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds of Prey: Theft (15 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government takes wildlife crime, including the illegal taking of birds of prey, seriously. All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with strong penalties for those committing offences against birds of prey including up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Birds of prey are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (15 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: Under section 75 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, certain activities by a harbour authority (or on behalf of one), within their area, are exempt from requiring a marine licence if they have a local act or a harbour order (the Ramsgate Corporation Act 1934 is the relevant local act in this case). As a result of the dredging activity, referenced within the answer provided on 15 January...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Stoats: Pest Control (15 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: While the Government regulates the management of wildlife it is not directly involved in the control of stoats. Responsibility for management lies with the landowner or occupier.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ramsgate Port: Seaborne Freight (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Marine Management Organisation has not issued a marine licence to Seaborne Freight for works relating to activity within the Port of Ramsgate.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity: British Overseas Territories (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), under which the Aichi biodiversity targets were adopted, has been extended to six UK Overseas Territories (OTs). As part of that, OTs are required to demonstrate that they have the capacity to work towards implementing the CBD, including having sufficient funds for the purposes of conservation and sustainable use in line with the Aichi targets. As...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Fylde (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency (EA) invests where it can provide the greatest benefit to people and property to better protect against the risk of flooding. The EA has recently completed the £3 million East Lytham Flood Alleviation Scheme which better protects 652 properties and a large rural area of South Fylde. The EA completed embankment improvements in 2018 south of Moss Side, with another...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection: EU Grants and Loans (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: Defra is considering future environment funding for the Overseas Territories and decisions will be taken as part of the next Spending Review. We have received a range of representations on this issue. There are no plans to extend the remit of the specific ICF survey to which the hon. Member refers.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Children (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government is fully committed to tackling air pollution. We have 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. On 14 January 2019 we published our new world leading Clean Air Strategy, which includes new and ambitious goals, legislation, investment and policies which will help us to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Poultry (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The UK’s Goose and Swan and Monitoring Programme assesses the number of geese which migrate here every year. The programme is jointly run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage. Data for the winter season 2017-2018 is available on the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust website:...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government has adopted ambitious, legally binding international targets to reduce emissions of five of the most damaging air pollutants (fine particulate matter, ammonia, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, non-methane volatile organic compounds) by 2020 and 2030. We have also put in place a £3.5 billion plan to reduce harmful emissions from road transport. Local authorities have been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds of Prey (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: During 2018 an estimated 34 hen harriers fledged in England. Natural England fixed satellite tags to five of these birds, of which two were still transmitting at the end of January 2019. Including birds tagged in previous years, Natural England is currently tracking four birds. The RSPB fitted tags to approximately 30 hen harriers across the UK during 2018. As of November 2018, over two...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (14 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: This is a devolved matter so apart from the targets relating to emissions ceilings limits, which are already in statute, this answer applies to England only. In the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, published in January this year, we committed to setting a new, long-term target to reduce people’s exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5). We will publish a report this year examining...


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