Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tyres: Snow and Ice (15 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: Defra has not made an assessment of the effect of the use of winter tyres on roads on air quality. In 2018, Defra carried out a joint call for evidence with the Department for Transport on particulate emissions from brakes, tyres and road. We are now considering the evidence submitted.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (15 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: In 2010/2011, Natural England (NE) worked with Ramsgate Harbour on environmental assessment and monitoring of their water injection dredging activities, including a Habitats Regulations Assessment of the activity undertaken at that time. After noting reports that dredging was taking place in order to prepare the port for expansion via water injection, NE have contacted the port directly to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Malvern Hills (15 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: Natural England attends the annual Wildlife Panel for the Malvern Hills where it is presented with a summary bird report for the area for the year. The last panel was held in March 2018 and Natural England will attend the next meeting in March this year. In the meantime Natural England continues to liaise with members of the group.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (14 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: The 23 local authorities are working together in eleven groupings. Eight out of the eleven local authority groupings submitted a plan by the 31 December 2018. They are currently under consideration. The local authorities that have submitted a plan are Bath & NE Somerset Council; Basildon & Rochford District councils; Surrey Heath, Guildford and Rushmoor councils; Fareham Borough Council;...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Recycling (14 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: Policy officials continue to engage regularly with the Scottish Government. Ministers met in July 2018 and are due to meet again in February 2019.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Special Protection Areas (14 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: No.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fishing Gear: Labelling (14 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government is committed to reducing plastic litter in the marine environment from all sources, including fishing. Governance is in place to address waste, including plastic, and there are voluntary schemes run here in the UK to encourage good practice. For the purposes of fisheries enforcement, guidance is in place that requires masters of a fishing vessel using static gear or beam...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Beverage Containers: Recycling (11 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: Yes.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Packaging: Waste (11 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Essential Requirements Regulations already require producers to ensure that the packaging they use is the minimum to ensure safety, hygiene and meet consumer expectations. The Regulations make no distinction between online and high street retailers. If anyone receives a product they believe to be “over packaged”, they should report it to Trading Standards who are responsible for...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: 2019: The Year of Green Action (11 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: We are committed to being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. Friday 11 January, marks the first anniversary of the publication of the 25 Year Environment Plan. Over the last 12 months, we have reduced plastic waste by introducing one of the world’s strongest microbead bans, setting out plans to ban plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: River Quaggy (9 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: The water quality in the River Quaggy is tested regularly by the Environment Agency, however river water quality is only one factor that can contribute to contamination in a flooding event. In times of flood there is the potential for additional contamination such as sewage leaking from flooded drains. Public Health England has published guidance for those responding to flooding emergencies...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Voles: Conservation (8 Jan 2019)
Therese Coffey: In June 2018 Natural England published ‘A Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals’, which assessed the reasons for population decline in water voles, and identified and confirmed areas of work where resources should continue to be targeted to conserve and enhance water vole populations. The review identified that a combination of intensification of agriculture,...


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