Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Low Emission Zones (21 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Our UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Concentrations, supported by a £3.5 billion investment into air quality and cleaner transport, sets out how we will achieve legal compliance of NO2 limits in the shortest possible time. As a result of the NO2 Plan, the Government is working closely with 61 English local authorities to tackle their exceedances. Oxford City Council...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Low Emission Zones: Greater London (21 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Mayor of London is responsible for air quality in the capital and has reserve powers under Part IV of the Environment Act (1995) to reflect this. London received funding for air quality as part of the 2015 £5.7 billion Transport for London funding settlement. London and Londoners have also received almost £147 million funding from the Government’s £3.5 billion plan to improve air...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Health Hazards (21 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government does not assess the reach and effectiveness of its communication for each air pollution episode. However, we work closely with Public Health England and a network of health charities to ensure that key health messages reach those who are vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, during episodes of high pollution. The Government has committed in the 2019 Clean Air Strategy...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (21 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government is not currently considering a national scrappage scheme in light of concerns over deliverability and value for money. However we have not restricted the types of measures eligible local authorities could bid for funding for from the Clean Air Fund which supports local authorities with nitrogen dioxide exceedances. The Government will continue to assess bids that relate to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: This is something that the Government have worked on extensively. I have visited several countries, including Germany, and it is fair to say that not all deposit return schemes take glass. As I have said to the House before, the front end of these schemes is very simple, but how we make the back end work is complex. That is why it is taking some time. We are considering carefully with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Clean Air Strategy (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with his counterpart at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Discussions are also held at an official level about delivering the clean air strategy and relevant provisions that we hope to bring forward in the forthcoming environment Bill. Local authorities will continue to play a vital role in delivering...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Clean Air Strategy (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: It is fair to say that air quality across the country is improving, but these sorts of congestion hotspots are really damaging that progress. I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend that the bridge should be opened as quickly as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wildlife Habitats (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: I have the wonderful RSPB Minsmere and various Suffolk Wildlife Trust sites in my constituency. That is already our pledge. It was in the 25-year environment plan and will be in the forthcoming environment Bill.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Solid Fuels: Heating (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Any publicly available resources we have used to inform our analysis of the proposals in the consultation will be made available with the Government response. Various respondents to the consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood sent in their own price analyses of fuels. These note that there are price differentials associated with volumes purchased, and seasonality as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wildlife Habitats (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: We have strengthened the national planning policy framework to make it clear that all development within its scope should achieve net gains for biodiversity. We have consulted on proposals to mandate biodiversity net gain for development, and will use the forthcoming environment Bill to legislate for a net gain system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wildlife Habitats (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: Large infrastructure projects may require an environmental impact assessment of the likely effects. In the case of nationally significant infrastructure projects, the EEA forms a part of the planning process and the development consent order. I assure my hon. Friend that each consenting regime has appropriate enforcement mechanisms.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wildlife Habitats (20 Jun 2019)
Therese Coffey: That is absolutely the case. My right hon. Friend spoke to me this morning about this issue. I will follow up on it, because when major infrastructure projects go ahead, it is important that people should have confidence, and while some vegetation might need to be removed, HS2 is supposed to be planting at least 5 million trees. We will make sure that it does so.


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