Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Power Stations: Pollution (24 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: We recently consulted on proposals to transpose the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD). We are proposing to amend the current England and Wales environmental permitting regime to implement the MCPD which will be transposed into law by December 2017. New plants will be required to comply with the MCPD emission limits by 20 December 2018. Existing plants with a rated thermal input >5MW...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fuel Cells: Urban Areas (23 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: While Defra has not carried out a specific assessment regarding the deployment of low nitrogen oxide fuel cell generators in inner cities, the Government welcomes the development of lower emissions technologies and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has recently provided innovation funding to a project developing a low temperature solid oxide fuel cell that would be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (23 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: We are committed to tackling fly-tipping and, as set out in the Government’s manifesto have given local councils the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping. These new enforcement tools have been available to councils since May 2016, providing them with an alternative to prosecutions and assisting them in taking a proportionate enforcement response. This...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory: Sales (22 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: We intend to consult on our proposals on ivory this year. We will be consulting on our proposals in this area shortly.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory: Sales (22 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 22 March 2017. The correct answer should have been: We intend to consult on our proposals on ivory this year. We will be consulting on our proposals in this area shortly.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (22 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency does not fund flood and coastal risk management schemes on a monthly basis. These schemes are funded through the 6 year capital investment programme, which runs between April 2015 and March 2021 and will deliver over 1,500 flood defence schemes, better protecting more than 300,000 homes from flooding. Since April 2015, on average 696 schemes are in progress every...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease: North West (21 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: We are working closely with local authorities to help them deal with the impacts of ash dieback by supporting them to be prepared and by providing guidance. Infected ash trees can survive dieback for many years, continuing to provide recreational and biodiversity benefits, and could provide a source of disease tolerance in the future. For this very reason we are not encouraging the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Joint Air Quality Unit: Staff (21 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) includes staff from two Government Departments, Defra and the Department for Transport. The table below sets out what number of full-time equivalent civil servants have worked in the JAQU as well as the associated pay cost in each month from April 2016 to February 2017. The increase seen across the period is a reflection of this Government’s...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment: Sustainable Development (20 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: Working with the European Union and other Member States we will use this conference to reiterate our commitment to deliver healthy and productive oceans. To achieve this we will press for continued collaboration through the use of existing regional organisations, such as Regional Seas Conventions and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. We will also aim to secure progress on marine...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: Property Development (20 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: Defra is not undertaking research in this area though we understand that various organizations, such as Building Research Establishment (BRE), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Baca architectural partnership are already engaged in this area. We are continuing to explore with the industry more widely on how people could be incentivised to take action to manage their flood...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Environment: Sustainable Development (20 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government is currently developing a report outlining the UK’s contribution to delivering the Goals domestically and internationally. The report will be published in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Roads: Trees (20 Mar 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government’s plans for tackling air quality are set out in the national air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide, which was published in December 2015 and will be revised by 31 July this year. The Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) is considering further the evidence around the potential of trees to contribute to improvements in air quality to inform our further policy development. The...


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