Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pollinators: Monitoring (20 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: The National Pollinator Strategy was launched in November 2014 and included commitments on measuring progress by developing an indicator on the status of pollinators and by evaluating Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) and agri-environment schemes. Defra has developed an indicator of the status of pollinating insects in partnership with the research community and the voluntary sector. The...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Foxes (19 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: Wildlife management is a devolved matter so this reply relates to England only. Defra does not offer incentives to help control fox numbers in England and currently has no plans to control the number of foxes. Defra's general policy is that individuals should be free to manage wildlife within the law. The fox is not a protected species so the decision to control them lies with the owner...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: Insurance (19 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: The British Insurance Broker Association (BIBA) insurance product, launched in December 2016, provides flood insurance for many small businesses that have struggled to access it to-date. We understand that this new product is already providing insurance and has strong support from brokers. BIBA’s ‘Find a Broker Service’ can help business identify local brokers participating...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment: Treaties (18 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: The UK will continue to be bound by international Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) to which it is party. We are committed to upholding our international obligations under these agreements and will continue to play an active role internationally following our departure from the EU. We will give due consideration to the ratification of MEAs in the future to which the UK is not...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pest Control: Trapping (18 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: Wildlife management is a devolved matter so this reply relates to England only. The Goodnature A24 rat and stoat trap is permitted for use in England, under the Spring Traps Approval (Variation) (England) Order 2015, for the purpose of killing rats and stoats only. The trap must be placed so that it can only be entered by way of an artificial tunnel that is suitable for that purpose. A...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (15 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: Information about the proportion of household waste recycled by each local authority in England for the latest financial year 2015-16 and for each year since 2005-6 can be found in Table 3 of the dataset titled ‘local authority collected waste generation for (England & regions) and local authority data: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env18-lo...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (15 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: Defra undertook a review of implementation of the EU Nature Directives, published in March 2012, which also fed into the Law Commission’s ongoing review of wildlife legislation at that time. The Law Commission published its recommendations on 10 November 2015, to which the Government responded on 22 November 2016. The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 is currently...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (15 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: Agriculture and land management is key to the environment and the maintenance and improvement of our iconic landscapes. Our policy framework will respect the work of farmers and support environmental goods. Continued support is important, and so is reform. We need to take the opportunity that being outside the Common Agricultural Policy will give us to use public money to reward...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping and Litter (15 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: The majority of local authority spending is financed by non-ringfenced income, which councils themselves decide how to spend. The Government has not made an assessment of the capacity of local authorities to respond to incidents of littering and fly-tipping. Local authorities have responsibility for tackling littering and fly-tipping and it is up to them to decide how best to do this and how...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottles: Recycling (14 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: As part of the Litter Strategy for England that was published in April this year, we have established a working group to look at different voluntary and economic incentives to improve the recycling and reuse of packaging, and to reduce the incidence of commonly littered items. As well as voluntary models, the scope of the working group includes consideration of regulatory options and measures...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics (14 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: On Friday 21st July, the Government published the summary of responses to our consultation on plans to ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Charitable Donations: Plastic Bags (14 Sep 2017)
Therese Coffey: Defra has not made any estimate of the number of unused plastic bags that end up in landfill that have been posted through letterboxes by the charity sector.


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