Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Factory Farming: Ammonia and Nitrates (17 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: In 2015, agriculture accounted for around 81% of total UK ammonia emissions. Nitrate pollution from farming accounts for 50% of nitrate water pollution. That is why intensive pig and poultry farms are regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. These farms must have an environmental permit which sets limits on their emissions and requires the use of best available techniques...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: North Cornwall (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government plans to invest approximately £476,000 for the period 2017-18, and £1.2 million for the period 2018-19 to 2020-21 on flood and coastal risk management schemes in the North Cornwall constituency. Budgets for 2021-22 and beyond have not been set.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: Meters (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: Water companies provide data to the Environment Agency on households that have a meter fitted, as part of the annual review of their water resources management plans. The following table sets out the proportions by water company, as of March 2017. Water Company Percentage of household metering Affinity Water 47 Anglian Water 77 Bristol Water 47 Cambridge Water 70 Essex...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: We are working closely with the devolved administrations on EU withdrawal matters and this includes discussions on the environment.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law to provide businesses, communities and stakeholders with maximum certainty as we leave the EU. We will then have the opportunity, over time, to ensure our legislative framework is outcome driven and delivers on our overall commitment of improving the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Abandoned Vehicles (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: Where it appears to a local authority that a vehicle in its area is abandoned, it has a duty to remove the vehicle, unless (in the case of vehicles not on a carriageway) the cost of moving the vehicle to the nearest carriageway would be unreasonably high. There is no statutory definition of ‘abandoned’, and it is for councils to determine whether any particular vehicle has been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: The UK’s wide ranging body of biosecurity legislation is based on EU requirements for plant and animal health. Leaving the EU provides an opportunity to review that legislation and consider introducing measures more suited to the UK’s biosecurity concerns.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Beverage Containers: Fees and Charges (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: We will shortly be launching a call for evidence seeking views on how the tax system or charges could reduce the amount of waste produced by the most environmentally damaging single use plastics. HM Treasury and Defra are working closely together to develop this.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling: EU Law (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government is committed to meeting the 2020 EU recycling target of 50% of household waste. Local authorities deliver local recycling services, and householders have played a key role in increasing the England’s recycling rate to 44.9% in 2016/17. The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our commitment to make it easier for people to recycle to increase the quantity and quality of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Public Expenditure (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government is investing £2.6 billion (including the additional £76m announced in the last Budgert) between 2015 and 2021, delivering at least 1,500 new flood defence schemes and better protecting 300,000 homes. The six year Capital Investment Programme will provide Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid as shown below for flood and coastal risk management schemes by NUTS 1 regions. Where...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tea: Polymers (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: There are no specific plans for tea bags. In December the Secretary of State chaired an industry roundtable on plastics and outlined a four point plan for tackling plastic waste that takes action at each stage of the product lifecycle – production, consumption and end of life: cutting the total amount of plastic in circulation; reducing the number of different plastics in use;...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Clean Air Zones: Market Towns (16 Jan 2018)
Therese Coffey: The UK plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations, published in July 2017, is supported by a technical report. The technical report presents the evidence used to develop and assess the plan in addressing levels of NO2 across local authorities in the UK, including assessing the role of clean air zones. The plan and technical report are available at:...


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