Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Domestic Waste: Food (22 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: Through the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the Government is working with food businesses and other stakeholders under the Courtauld Commitment 2025 to meet an ambitious industry target of a 20% per capita reduction in total food and drink waste arising in the UK by 2025. To reduce household food waste, WRAP is working with leading food businesses to develop on-pack, in-store...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment (22 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: We aim to publish a green paper consulting on our ambitions for the 25 year environment plan in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Industrial Estates: Worksop (20 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has revoked Trent Valley Recycling’s environmental permit and is investigating the former owners and operators of the site. It is also working with the local resilience forum to ensure that plans are in place to deal with any eventualities on the site. I have not made any representations to Ministerial colleagues about the site.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Protected Areas (20 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: For Contracting Parties to the Bern Convention, who are Member States of the European Union, the Natura 2000 Network provides Member States’ contributions to the Emerald Network of protected areas established in accordance with the Bern Convention. The rules established by European Council Directives 79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC apply to these areas until we leave the European Union. If...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inland Waterways: East of England (20 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: No navigations on Anglian Waterways have been closed permanently since 2006. For health and safety reasons, and to protect the general public and those who use the waterways, the Environment Agency has temporarily closed some assets such as locks and landing stages, that have made some waterways difficult to access for some craft. The Environment Agency has not held any recent...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Industrial Estates: Worksop (20 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency is currently pursuing the former owners and operators of the Trent Valley Recycling (TVR) site and all those connected for offences under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. The Environment Agency has been working with partners from the Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to identify the risks associated with the site. The main risk to the public is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Shellfish: Non-native Species (14 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: Defra’s “Check, Clean, Dry” campaign promotes good biosecurity to help slow the spread of invasive non-native species and, in particular, prevent their introduction to uninfected waterbodies. It is widely promoted to, by and amongst water users including water companies, anglers and recreational boaters. Government agencies routinely follow its good practice. Our focus has...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inland Waterways: East of England (14 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency reports the condition of the essential navigation assets such as locks, landing stages and canoe portages on a quarterly basis. Assets are considered to be at a required condition if they do not have any defects that significantly reduce the performance of the asset, or adversely increase the safety risk to the public or Environment Agency staff. The Environment...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Death (14 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government have committed more than £2 billion since 2011 to reduce transport emissions and the Autumn Statement provided a further £290 million to support greener transport. We are developing the Air Pollution Action Plan. This is to tackle the five main pollutants: sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia and fine particulate matter....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Conservation (13 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: Habitat improvement is a devolved matter. In England, measures are being taken to improve habitats through agri-environment schemes such as Countryside Stewardship, which provides incentives to manage woodland sympathetically for wildlife, which in turn will benefit woodcock. Woodcock also benefit from England’s extensive network of protected sites for wildlife such as sites of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Recycling (9 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: Whilst most aspect of waste policy are devolved, the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations and Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations (Northern Ireland) place a legal obligation on UK businesses that make or use packaging, including plastic cartons, to ensure that a proportion of the packaging they place on the market is recovered and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hedgehogs: Conservation (9 Feb 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government is concerned about the decline of the hedgehog and supports efforts to make our gardens more hedgehog friendly through the creation of hedgehog havens and campaigns encouraging local communities to work together to look out for hedgehogs and make gardens as welcoming as possible. Further advice can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/news/five-simple-steps-to-transform-ga...


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