Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Forestry Commission’s Corporate Plan 2018-19 describes how it aims to support the planting of more woodland in England. The Forestry Commission’s current priority is to work with the sector to deliver the Government’s manifesto commitment to plant 11 million trees this Parliament. This and further action by the Forestry Commission and others will contribute to increasing...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Management (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: The assessment in the Forecasting 2020 Waste Arisings and Treatment Report, published in February 2013, noted that residual waste treatment infrastructure is key to England’s efforts to meet its target of reducing the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) going to landfill. England is on course to meet that target which is 35% of the 1995 baseline by 2020. Waste in the UK is a...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: Land Drainage (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: Lead responsibility for managing surface water flood risks, including understanding the contribution of local drainage systems, lies with Lead Local Flood Authorities, in this case Cumbria and Lancashire County Councils. Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 requires Lead Local Flood Authorities to investigate floods in their area. Lancashire and Cumbria County...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Curlews: Conservation (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: As a signatory of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement, we are taking a leading role in the implementation of an international plan to address the conservation status of the curlew. The plan includes a requirement for land management techniques that reduce levels of nest and chick predation to those associated with stable populations. Predator control already takes place to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency (EA) does not asses flood defence capacity by postcode. Maps showing flood risk throughout England can be found online here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/long-term-f lood-risk/map. The maps indicate where flood risk is high, medium and low; taking into account existing flood defences. The EA targets investment to reduce the risks of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farms: Public Footpaths (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: In England, the cornerstone of future agriculture policy will be the payment of public money for environmental public goods. The Agriculture Bill includes public access in the list of purposes that the Secretary of State may pay for in the future. Paths that provide access to farmers’ land enable people to access and spend time in the natural environment. Infrastructure is required for...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Land Drainage: Cumbria (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: Following Storm Desmond, United Utilities reviewed the resilience of its assets in Cumbria, working with the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council to produce section 19 reports (Flood and Water Management Act 2010) to investigate the flood incident. United Utilities also completed a detailed Integrated Drainage Area Study in the Carlisle catchment. It analysed the entire...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Packaging: Recycling (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government is considering the National Audit Office’s report carefully and will consult on reforms in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government’s broad approach to resilience of infrastructure from natural hazards (including flooding) is that responsibility lies principally with owners and operators. While there are no specific requirements for water companies to invest in flood defences to ensure their assets are flood resilient, they are required to ensure clean drinking water supplies and so should protect...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Kendal (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: Flood Defence maintenance for the Westmorland and Lunesdale catchments is completed as an annual rolling program which runs from April through to March. The Environment Agency (EA) is on schedule with the 2018/19 program, which is available to view online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/river-and-coastal -maintenance-programme The proposed Kendal Flood Risk...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Biodiversity (18 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: Predator control plays a useful role in the conservation of ground-nesting birds. To date, English agri-environment schemes have not funded predator control although in some situations this may be encouraged through guidance. The current Countryside Stewardship scheme, for the first time, includes capital items which support the deployment of permanent and temporary anti-predator fencing....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water (14 Sep 2018)
Therese Coffey: The total amount of water leaked from water companies’ supply networks in each of the last ten years are shown in the following table. This information is based on Environment Agency analysis of data from water companies that operate wholly or mainly in England. Recent leakage figures are available on Discover Water: https://discoverwater.co.uk/leaking-pipes. Year Total leakage...


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