We are the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.
Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue
Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.
|Jul. 25||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jul. 25||Topical Questions||Topical Questions|
|May. 22||Urgent Questions||Transport Emissions: Urban Areas|
|Jul. 18||Written Statements||Global Resource Initiative Taskforce|
|Jul. 03||Westminster Hall||Red Squirrels: Potential Extinction|
|Jul. 22||Adjournment Debate||Degraded Chalk Stream Environments|
|Title||Last Event||Next Event Date||Last Updated|
|Agriculture Bill 2017-19||Committee Debate: 14th sitting: House of Commons 20 November, 2018 (1) (2)||11 Jul 2019, 7:23 p.m.|
|A Bill To authorise new expenditure for certain agricultural and other purposes; to make provision about direct payments during an agricultural transition period following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union; to make provision about the acquisition and use of information connected with food supply chains; to confer power to respond to exceptional market conditions affecting agricultural markets; to confer power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to agricultural and rural development payments and public market intervention and private storage aid; to make provision about marketing standards and the classification of carcasses; to make provision for the recognition of associations of agricultural producers which may benefit from certain exemptions from competition law; to confer power to make regulations about contracts for the purchase of agricultural products from agricultural producers and securing compliance with the WTO Agreement on Agriculture; and for connected purposes.|
|Fisheries Bill 2017-19||Committee Debate: 10th sitting (part 2): House of Commons 17 December, 2018 (1) (2)||4 Apr 2019, 4:22 p.m.|
|A Bill to make provision about policy objectives in relation to fisheries, fishing and aquaculture; to make provision about access to British fisheries; to make provision about the licensing of fishing boats; to make provision about the determination and distribution of fishing opportunities; to make provision enabling schemes to be established for charging for unauthorised catches of sea fish; to make provision about grants in connection with fishing, aquaculture or marine conservation; to make provision about the recovery of costs in respect of the exercise of public functions relating to fish or fishing; to confer powers to make further provision in connection with fisheries, aquaculture or aquatic animals; to make provision about byelaws and orders relating to the exploitation of sea fisheries; and for connected purposes.|
|Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill 2017-19||Committee Debates: compilation pdf of sitting so far: House of Commons 23 July, 2019||
Report stage: House of Commons
4 Sep 2019
|25 Jul 2019, 11:48 a.m.|
|To make provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.|
|Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19||Legislative Grand Committee: House of Commons 24 July, 2019||
3rd reading: House of Commons
24 Jul 2019
|25 Jul 2019, 11:01 a.m.|
|A Bill to provide that the Secretary of State’s powers in relation to the management of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, include the power to grant a lease in respect of land for a period of up to 150 years|
|Ivory Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 20 December, 2018||21 Dec 2018, 10:39 a.m.|
|Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law). A Bill to prohibit dealing in ivory, and for connected purposes.|
|Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Act 2019||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 24 July, 2019||
3rd reading: House of Lords
23 Jul 2019
|25 Jul 2019, 6:52 p.m.|
|A Bill to make provision to prohibit the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.|
Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.
At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.
|Aug. 17||Public to have their say on the food system of the future||News and Communications|
|Aug. 17||Developing a national food strategy: call for evidence||Open consultation|
|Aug. 17||Developing a National Food Strategy: independent review 2019||Research and Statistics|
Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.
Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.
|8 Aug 2019, 11:40 a.m.||Squirrels||Baroness Kennedy of Cradley|
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the size of the red squirrel population in England.
Answer (Lord Gardiner of Kimble)
There is insufficient data to give an accurate figure however the recent Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals (2018), a report by The Mammal Society under contract to Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage, estimated the red squirrel population in England to be in the region of 39,000.