Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inland Waterways (19 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: Access to waterways, including for recreational purposes, remains subject to licence by the relevant navigation authority or to agreement with the riparian landowner where there is no navigation authority in place. The Government has not undertaken a specific assessment of what length of unmanaged waterways has a public right of navigation. Within the canal and major river navigation...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hedges and Ditches: Rural Areas (19 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: This answer applies to England only. The Government provides grants for hedge planting under Countryside Stewardship and previously under Environmental Stewardship. These schemes do not pay specifically for skills development, but do create a demand for hedge skills. Under live Environmental Stewardship and Countryside Stewardship agreements we are funding over 690km of hedgerow planting in...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Non-native species (19 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: While the rescue of wildlife will not be illegal under the Order, the re-release of listed invasive species that have been taken from the wild will not be permitted. Neither grey squirrel nor muntjac deer are protected in the UK and both are highly invasive species which cause significant impacts on domestic ecosystems and protected species. Grey squirrels also have a negative impact on our...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Anaerobic Digestion (19 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government supports anaerobic digestion (AD). AD can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (such as methane) from on-farm waste when best practice is used. Government supports AD for electricity through the Feed in Tariff and Contract for Difference schemes. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is currently consulting on the new Smart Export Guarantee which would allow a...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection: EU Grants and Loans (19 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, on 1 February 2019, PQ UIN 213461.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Noise (18 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: We are working across Government to consider the guidelines and their relevance to future guidance and policy. An officials group is assessing the evidence base as well as other relevant recent research carried out in the UK and abroad, to inform our thinking on this.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: Pollution Control (18 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: This is a devolved matter and the below relates to England only. Water pollution from industry is controlled by permits issued under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2015. In England, these permits are issued by the Environment Agency (EA) and control the levels of pollution in effluent discharges by setting limits on the chemical concentration and volume of the effluent. The limits...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Partridges: Conservation (18 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The funding of agri-environment schemes is the principal means of improving habitat provision for farmland birds such as the grey partridge. Examples of measures funded to benefit the grey partridge include the provision of over-wintered stubble and wild bird seed mixtures to provide seed in the winter, reduced input arable margins, such as conservation headlands, to provide food in spring...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Insects: Conservation (18 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: To preserve natural habitats the Government is taking action to protect our best wildlife sites, expand habitat for insects in the wider countryside and support partnerships working on targeted habitat restoration and species recovery. Over one million hectares of our best habitats for wildlife on land and in our freshwater and coastal areas are conserved through our protected sites...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Protected Area: Ascension Island (18 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: Responsibility within Government for the establishment and ongoing management of marine protected areas around the UK’s Overseas Territories, including Ascension Island, lies with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Discussions between departments are ongoing.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds of Prey: Theft (15 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: The Government takes wildlife crime, including the illegal taking of birds of prey, seriously. All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with strong penalties for those committing offences against birds of prey including up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Birds of prey are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (15 Feb 2019)
Therese Coffey: Under section 75 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, certain activities by a harbour authority (or on behalf of one), within their area, are exempt from requiring a marine licence if they have a local act or a harbour order (the Ramsgate Corporation Act 1934 is the relevant local act in this case). As a result of the dredging activity, referenced within the answer provided on 15 January...


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