Sue Hayman Written Questions

Questions to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs tabled by Sue Hayman


Date Title Questioner
8 Oct 2019, 4:56 p.m. Food: Imports Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect farmers from imported food that is produced to lower environmental and animal welfare standards in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (George Eustice)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

8 Oct 2019, 9:25 a.m. Environment Protection: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 6 and 9 September to Questions 282507, 282510, 282514, 282515, 282516, 282517, 282518, 282519, 282520, 282521, 282522, 282523, 282524, 282525, 282527, 282528 and 282529, what programmes were included in the Wildlife, international, climate and forestry programme under the heading Improve the Environment; and if she will publish the (a) Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit, (b) Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit and (c) Annually Managed Expenditure funding allocated to each of those programmes for 2019-20.

Answer (George Eustice)

Please see the table attached that sets out 2019-20 planned funding for specific programmes. Negative figures show overall planned savings or income.

7 Oct 2019, 4:40 p.m. Livestock: Animal Welfare Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued to livestock transport companies on the welfare of animals in the event of delays to freight crossing to and from the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park)

Defra has issued guidance to animal transporters on the processes that apply in relation to import and export rules and animal welfare in the event of no deal and contingency measures that can be taken to mitigate the risks to welfare of animals being stuck in queues. Transporters have a legal duty to safeguard the welfare of their animals.

4 Oct 2019, 4:01 p.m. Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department spent from the public purse on the badger cull in each of the last five years.

Answer (George Eustice)

Bovine TB is one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK and the disease costs the public over £100million a year, with the cost to the farming industry around £50m a year. Badger control costs to Government in each of the last five years are as follows (to the nearest thousand pounds):

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Licensing and compliance monitoring

£1,036,000

£1,003,000

£1,284,000

£1,289,000

£1,312,000

Humaneness monitoring, including post mortems

£1,515,000

£154,000

£392,000

£506,000

£352,000

Efficacy monitoring

£17,000

£0

£0

£0

£0

Advice and assessments

£294,000

£460,000

£646,000

£728,000

£410,000

Other costs, including equipment

£205,000

£162,000

£53,000

£49,000

£1,000

Total

£3,067,000

£1,779,000

£2,375,000

£2,572,000

£2,075,000

Badger control policing costs to Government in each of the last five years are as follows (to the nearest thousand pounds):

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Policing

£1,392,000

£1,809,000

£3,030,000

£4,047,000

£3,237,000

Further information can be found on gov.uk at the following link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-government-badger-control-costs.

4 Oct 2019, 1:59 p.m. Pollution Control Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to detect errors in data submitted to the UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

The UK Pollutant Release Transfer Register (PRTR) is reviewed each year. We work closely with regulators and industry representatives to ensure accurate reporting of emissions from industrial sources. The data undergoes substantial quality assurance. Where concerns are raised over data discrepancies we investigate these and correct any errors that may have occurred.

4 Oct 2019, 1:59 p.m. Rivers: Pollution Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure rivers in England will be compliant with water quality standards by 2027.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

In 2016, 14% of English rivers assessed under the European Water Framework Directive were in good ecological status. However, all individual indicators tested must be met to achieve this, which masks the actual state of the environment as 76% of the individual indicators tested are at good or better status.

Since 2015, over 3,100 miles of surface water have been enhanced to achieve good status and the Environment Agency (EA) has set a target in the Government’s River Basin Management Plans to enhance 5,000 miles by 2021. The 2015 River Basin Management Plans confirmed £3billion worth of investment over six years


The latest assessments of rivers will be produced in 2020 and will be used to update the River Basin Management Plans. These updated plans are due to be published at the end of 2021 when it will be possible to forecast progress for 2027.

4 Oct 2019, 1:58 p.m. Wildlife: Crime Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review wildlife crime penalties.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

The Government takes wildlife crime seriously. Significant sanctions are available to judges to hand down to those convicted of wildlife crimes. Most wildlife crimes carry a maximum fine of £5,000 an unlimited fine and a six-month custodial sentence. We have no plans to amend these penalties.

4 Oct 2019, 1:29 p.m. Natural England: Finance Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the funding to Natural England.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

Natural England, like all other Defra sponsored bodies, receives a budget to carry out its duties and responsibilities in line with what is affordable and the Government’s priorities for the natural environment. Natural England has responded to the need to balance public spending and to deploy resources to best effect.

Defra’s recent one-year Spending Round settlement for the financial year 2020/21 saw an additional £30 million for terrestrial and marine biodiversity measures, to support the maintenance and restoration of vital habitats for wildlife, progress nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and deliver the 25 Year Environment Plan. Government departments will shortly begin planning for a full Spending Review in 2020. Defra will work with Natural England to determine future funding necessary from 2020 to deliver Natural England’s contribution to Government’s ambitions for the environment.

4 Oct 2019, 9:32 a.m. Food: Exports Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued to food transport companies on the effect on food quality and safety of delays to freight crossing to and from the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government is working closely with industry to ensure that cross-border activity continues to be conducted in a way which minimises delays and additional burdens for legitimate trade, while robustly ensuring compliance.

We have published extensive guidance to enable business to continue to trade with the EU and to plan for any disruption.

Bespoke information for direct hauliers who transport food products includes the haulier hand book; the haulier pocket guide; and the no-deal Brexit haulier checklist, all produced in concert with Department for Transport. We have also provided information to refrigerated haulage providers and those who specialise in livestock.

3 Oct 2019, 3:59 p.m. Tree Planting Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent from the public purse on tree planting in each of the last five years.

Answer (Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park)

Defra supports tree planting in England through three main established funding mechanisms: The Woodland Creation Planning Grant; The Woodland Carbon Fund; and Countryside Stewardship (formerly the England Woodland Grant Scheme).

Collectively, spend on these schemes over the last five years is as follows:

2014-15 - £7.9M

2015-16 - £2.3M

2016-17 - £2.0M

2017-18 - £4.2M

2018-19 - £4.6M

Over the last five years Defra has also supported tree planting through its arms lengths bodies and directly funded projects such as the Trees for Schools programme – current spend £2.5M.

Defra is also supporting a new Northumberland Forestry Partnership, and the planting of three new sites in Northumberland to coincide with the UK hosting COP26 international climate conference.

30 Sep 2019, 4:55 p.m. Fracking: Methane Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of fracking on trends in the level of methane emissions.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

There is currently only one operational shale gas exploration site in the UK. The Environment Agency (EA) has set legally binding conditions to require monitoring and control of methane emissions at the hydraulic fracturing site in Lancashire. Cuadrilla are required to carry out regular emissions monitoring, including continuous monitoring of methane to air before and during shale gas operations. The results are submitted regularly to the EA. The levels of methane in the ambient air are also monitored independently off site by the EA and the British Geological Survey.

30 Sep 2019, 4:53 p.m. Air Pollution: Pollution Control Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department has spent from the public purse on tackling poor air quality in each of the last five years.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

The Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) is a cross-Departmental team between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport (DfT). It was set up in Financial Year (FY) 2016/17 and is responsible for the delivery of the UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations (NO2).

The table below shows Defra’s spend for FY 2015/16 and JAQU’s total spend each year since FY 2016/17. Figures for FY 2014/15 are not available.

Financial Year

Defra Funding (£m)

DfT Funding (£m)

Total (£m)

2015/16

3.2

-*

3.2

2016/17

11.9

1.0

12.9

2017/18

19.9

22.4

42.3

2018/19

51.6

109.2

160.8

*No DfT funding for FY 2015/16

30 Sep 2019, 4:46 p.m. Environment Agency: Pay Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made on resolving the pay dispute at the Environment Agency.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

The Environment Agency (EA) is in meaningful talks with its recognised trade unions. This has resulted in the suspension of action by one of the trade unions.

The EA has a portfolio of transformational projects which will better support the development of any future pay reform, and on which the EA is working collaboratively with its trade unions.

In the meantime, the EA will move forward with a pay deal for 2019 which will be in line with the Government’s Civil Service pay remit guidance for 2019 to 2020.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Operating Costs Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row six of the table Resource AME on page 13 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead Q – Departmental operating costs.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Environment Protection: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row two of the table Resource DEL on page 10 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead B, H – Improve the environment.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Environment Protection: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row two of the table Capital DEL on page 11 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead B, H – Improve the environment.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Environment Protection: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row two of the table Resource AME on page 13 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead M, S – Improve the environment.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Flood Control: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row three of the table Resource DEL on page 10 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead C, I – Flood protection.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Animals and Plants: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row four of the table Resource DEL on page 10 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead D, E, J – Animal, fish and plant health.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Rural Areas: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row five of the table Resource DEL on page 10 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead F, K – Rural services.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Operating Costs Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row six of the table Resource DEL on page 10 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead G – Departmental operating costs, and Departmental operating costs (EU Exit budget held centrally).

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Flood Control: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row three of the table Capital DEL on page 11 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead C, I – Flood protection.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Animals and Plants: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row four of the table Capital DEL on page 11 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead D, E, J – Animal, fish and plant health.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Rural Areas: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row five of the table Capital DEL on page 11 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead F, K – Rural services.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Operating Costs Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row six of the table Capital DEL on page 11 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead G – Departmental operating costs.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Flood Control: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row three of the table Resource AME on page 13 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead T – Flood protection.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Animals and Plants: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row four of the table Resource AME on page 13 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead N, O, U – Animal, fish and plant health.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Rural Areas: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row five of the table Resource AME on page 13 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead P, V – Rural services.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Agriculture: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row one of the table Resource DEL on page 10 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead A – Food and Farming.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Agriculture: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row one of the table Capital DEL on page 11 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead A – Food and Farming.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

6 Sep 2019, 2:36 p.m. Agriculture: Expenditure Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to row one of the table Resource AME on page 13 of her Department's 2019-20 Main Estimate Memorandum, if she will publish a breakdown of expenditure under Estimate Subhead L, R – Food and Farming.

Answer (George Eustice)

In relation to the Resource DEL table on page 10 of the memorandum, the Capital DEL table on page 11 and Resource AME table on page 13:

A breakdown is provided in the annex under ‘Part II: Subhead detail’.

In relation to ring-fenced budgets on page 14 and 15 of the memorandum:

The breakdown is to be published as a HM Treasury OSCAR data release later in the 2019 calendar year. Defra’s ring-fenced spend on OSCAR is identified by sub segment codes ending with I, J, M and N within the data release. These Official Statistics are released at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-oscar-publishing-from-the-database

We send our Estimate and Memorandum (including the Annexes) to our Select Committee and this should all be published on the documents page under commons committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Our Annex (attached) has not been published but the Scrutiny Unit is following up on this.

22 Mar 2019, 10:10 a.m. Wildlife: Licensing Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many wildlife licensing enforcement actions have been undertaken by Natural England in each year since 2010.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Natural England has published data on the number of enforcement actions it has undertaken for the period 2010-2015 which is publicly available and published on Gov.uk:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/527912/enforcement-annual-report-2014-2015.pdf

Since 2015 Natural England has not proactively collated this data.

19 Feb 2019, 10:20 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Consultation Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) average and (b) total cost of each consultation exercise launched by (i) his Department and (ii) its executive agencies since 11 June 2017.

Answer (George Eustice)

The information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

14 Feb 2019, 4:56 p.m. Circuses: Wildlife Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications were received from travelling circuses to use wild animals in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019; and (i) how many animals and (ii) of which species were listed in each application.

Answer (David Rutley)

(a) In 2018 there were two separate applications.

The first license application was for a total of five animals and included the following stocklist:

  • One zebra (equus burchelli chapmani)

  • Two camels (camelus bactrianus)

  • Two reindeer (rangifer tarandus)

The second license application was for a total of fourteen animals and included the following stocklist:

  • One camel (camelus bactrianus)

  • Four reindeer (rangifer tarandus)

  • One fox (vulpes vulpes)

  • Three raccoons (procyon lotor)

  • Three zebras (equus burchelli chapmani)

  • One zebu (bos indicus)

  • One blue and gold macaw (ara ararauna)

(b) In 2019 there has been one application to date.

This license application was for five animals and included the following stock list:

  • One zebra (equus burchelli chapmani)

  • Two camels (camelus bactrianus)

  • Two reindeer (rangifer tarandus)

14 Feb 2019, 11:55 a.m. Circuses: Animal Welfare Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will bring forward legislative proposals to end the use of wild animals in circuses in England; and what form that legislation will take.

Answer (David Rutley)

I refer the honourable member to the answer given to the honourable member for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, on 16 October 2018 to PQ 176633.

5 Feb 2019, 11:31 a.m. Chemicals: Registration Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2018 to Question 201663, what further detail has been provided by the ECHA on the intended mechanism by which UK companies can transfer their registrations to EU based entities in order to maintain uninterrupted EU market access.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

On 1 February the ECHA announced that it would publish a communications package in the week beginning 4 February to help all companies placing chemical substances on the EU market to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It said that the package will include new question and answer material and step-by-step instructions for using the ‘Brexit window’ for UK-based companies to transfer their REACH registrations.

4 Feb 2019, 5:50 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statutory Instruments Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 211247, which external organisations have been invited to view each Statutory Instrument in draft; and if he will publish the comments that those organisations have made on each instrument.

Answer (David Rutley)

Information on stakeholder engagement, where applicable, is contained in the Explanatory Memorandum accompanying each Statutory Instrument (SI). For instance, Defra organised informal discussions with 23 stakeholders on The REACH Regulations 2019, and undertook targeted engagement with stakeholders for the Fisheries Regulations 2019 alongside coverage in the Fisheries White Paper.

Defra has also invited some specialists, on a personal basis, to preview late stage drafts of SIs. This provides an opportunity for technical scrutiny before the SI is laid before Parliament. This is independent of a specialist’s right to comment on SIs once public or as a member of an organisation. So far 44 specialists have been involved.

4 Feb 2019, 5:29 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statutory Instruments Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 211247, whether each Statutory Instrument listed (a) makes policy changes; (b) will lead to a change in operational delivery; (c) will impose additional costs on (i) business, (ii) individuals, or (iii) the public sector; (d) makes changes to primary legislation; (e) will result in additional environmental effects compared with the legislation being amended or replaced; and (f) is only required in the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Answer (David Rutley)

The corrections contained in Defra’s EU Exit SIs ensure operability of current EU law and are mainly technical in nature and do not make changes to existing policy. In line with the Government’s overall approach to EU exit, the corrections made in Defra’s EU Exit SIs seek to ensure that legislation can work sensibly in a non-EU context.

Each SI will be accompanied by an explanatory memoranda which will provide details of legislative corrections and their impacts. These explanatory memoranda will be published at the time the SI is laid.

31 Jan 2019, 11:46 a.m. Air Pollution Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2019 to Question 206818 on Air Pollution, which of the eight local authority groupings that have submitted air quality plans to his Department have submitted (a) a final plan and (b) an outline business case.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

(a) Five local authority groupings have provided a final plan in the form of an Outline Business Case, these are: Blackwater Valley (Rushmoor Borough Council, Guildford Borough Council and Surrey heath Borough Council working together); Fareham Borough Council; Middlesbrough Borough Council; New Forest District Council; Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

(b) Three local authority groupings have provided a draft plan in the form of a draft Outline Business Case, these are: Basildon Borough Council and Rochford District Council; Bath and North East Somerset; and Tyneside (Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Borough Council, and North Tyneside Council working together).

31 Jan 2019, 11:44 a.m. Exhaust Emissions: Diesel Vehicles Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has plans to provide financial assistance to individuals from low-income households to enable them to retrofit their older diesel vehicles to reduce emissions of nitrogen dioxide.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

There are currently no technologies available on the market to cost effectively retrofit diesel cars. Whilst the Government is taking steps to incentivise the development of new retrofit technologies, this is currently not a viable solution for cars in the short term.

28 Jan 2019, 5:35 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statutory Instruments Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will provide a list of the titles of his Department’s draft statutory instruments subject to the affirmative procedure which are awaiting debate in either House with (a) an indication of the order in which he expects them to be scheduled for debate in each House, (b) the week in which he expects that debate to take place and (c) the time he expects to be allocated for each debate.

Answer (George Eustice)

Defra currently has a total of 56 planned statutory instruments subject to the affirmative procedure. These will be scheduled for parliamentary debate in the usual way, and their timings and duration will be published on gov.uk in due course.

The attached table includes the titles of these statutory instruments.

28 Jan 2019, 5:06 p.m. Air Pollution: Hospitals and Schools Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that nitrogen dioxide levels around hospitals and schools will be within legal limits by 2025.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

This is a devolved matter, including for London. In July 2017, we published the NO2 Plan, backed by £3.5 billion funding, which sets out the steps we are taking to reduce NO2 concentrations in the shortest possible time on all roads currently breaching legal limits, including any such roads located near schools and hospitals. We are working with local authorities to identify measures to bring forward compliance, and support them with guidance and funding. Additionally, we published our new world leading Clean Air Strategy on 14 January this year, which contains new and ambitious goals, legislation, investment and policies to help us to clean up our air faster and more effectively.

28 Jan 2019, 8:08 a.m. Transport: Exhaust Emissions Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help small businesses and individuals from low-income households switch to cleaner forms of transport in order to improve air quality.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The government has allocated £3.5 billion to improve air quality. There are a number of different ways this is being spent. For those areas identified in the 2017 Air Quality Plan as eligible for assistance from the clean air fund, it is for local authorities to consider what grants they may wish to apply for, including support for changes in transport. The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) offers a comprehensive support package enabling the take up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) including cars, vans, taxis, buses and motorcycles; grants for supporting consumers install charging infrastructure and funding for local authorities to support those households without off street parking. There is also support for businesses to install charge points at workplaces.

10 Sep 2018, 12:38 p.m. Agriculture: Trade Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for regulations concerning the EU TRACES data recording and sharing system to form part of the common rule book envisaged in the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, Cm 9593.

Answer (George Eustice)

The future relationship between the UK and EU is subject to negotiation. This includes the scope of the Common Rulebook and UK access to EU systems and databases as part of the Future Economic Partnership. The UK’s proposal for a Common Rulebook on agri-food encompasses rules on goods that must be checked at the border. This would remove the need to undertake additional regulatory checks at the border. In order to support future trade, the UK will need a control system for the management of agri-food imports and exports.

10 Sep 2018, 12:36 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 24 July 2018 to Questions 166203 and 166207, when he plans to publish the terms of reference, chair, membership and timetable for the comprehensive review of the services provided by the Defra group.

Answer (George Eustice)

The comprehensive review to which my answers of Questions 166203 and 166207 on 24 July refer, relates to ongoing work underway across Defra to ensure robust plans are in place for the delivery of our preparations for leaving the EU. This is supported by internal work to review the role of Defra and the resources and mechanisms required to deliver on our objectives, following our withdrawal from the EU.

10 Sep 2018, 11:57 a.m. Food and Plants: Imports Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2018 to Question 163122, what steps he is taking to ensure the continuation of food and plant import data recorded and shared using the EU TRACES system in the event of (a) a UK-EU trade deal and (b) the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (George Eustice)

The future relationship between the UK and EU is subject to negotiation. This includes UK access to EU systems and databases as part of the Future Economic Partnership. The UK is seeking a close relationship with the EU. This includes facilitating the continued free flow of data to support business activity. We remain confident we will agree a mutually advantageous deal with the EU. It is however the duty of a responsible Government to continue to prepare for a range of potential outcomes. This would include delivering a UK control system for the management of agri-food imports and exports in the event of a no deal scenario.

10 Sep 2018, 10:47 a.m. Chemicals: EU Law Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State's evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee on 18 July 2018, whether it is the policy of the Government to remain a member of the European Chemicals Agency and subject to REACH after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

As set out in the Government’s White Paper ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ published on 12 July 2018, the Government’s vision is for an economic partnership that includes participation by the UK in those EU agencies that have a central role in facilitating regulations for those highly regulated goods sectors including the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This would mean accepting the rules of the ECHA including REACH and making an appropriate financial contribution.

6 Sep 2018, 11:36 a.m. Community Plant Variety Office Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to maintain the responsibilities and functions in the UK of the Community Plant Variety Office (a) when the UK leaves the EU and (b) in the event of the UK leaving the EU in 2019 without agreement; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

As a signatory to the 1991 International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the UK will continue to provide intellectual property protection through plant variety rights. We are considering the implications and possible options as part of our planning for, and negotiations on, the UK’s departure from the EU. In the event of leaving the EU without an agreement, existing EU plant variety rights will be made effective under UK legislation. New varieties after exit can be protected through the normal UK legislation and processes.

Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 refers to EU Plant Variety Rights and provides protection of intellectual property associated with the breeding of plant varieties. The regulation is not associated with ‘goods’ and as such would not be included in the envisioned common rule book.

6 Sep 2018, 11:36 a.m. Community Plant Variety Office Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans for Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 to form part of the common rule book envisaged in the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, Cm 9593.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

As a signatory to the 1991 International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the UK will continue to provide intellectual property protection through plant variety rights. We are considering the implications and possible options as part of our planning for, and negotiations on, the UK’s departure from the EU. In the event of leaving the EU without an agreement, existing EU plant variety rights will be made effective under UK legislation. New varieties after exit can be protected through the normal UK legislation and processes.

Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 refers to EU Plant Variety Rights and provides protection of intellectual property associated with the breeding of plant varieties. The regulation is not associated with ‘goods’ and as such would not be included in the envisioned common rule book.

5 Sep 2018, 3:30 p.m. Food: Safety Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy that future trade deals on food and feed will provide for public and animal health protection equivalent to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is already working hard to ensure that our world class capacity to manage food incidents is maintained when the UK leaves the EU. From day one, the FSA are committed to having in place a robust system for detecting and responding to problems in the food chain. To ensure this, the FSA is working to foster strong relationships with competent food safety authorities in Europe, and worldwide, and to develop new risk communication systems. It is of mutual interest for the UK and other countries to work closely in this respect.

Maintaining safety and public confidence in the food we all eat is a high priority for the Government, and any future trade deal must work for UK farmers, businesses, and consumers.

4 Sep 2018, 4:06 p.m. European Fisheries Control Agency Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to maintain the responsibilities and functions in the UK of the European Fisheries Control Agency (a) when the UK leaves the EU and (b) in the event of the UK leaving the EU in 2019 without an agreement.

Answer (George Eustice)

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is an EU body that organises the operational coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities. It aims to ensure Member States correctly and consistently apply the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Once we leave the EU and the CFP, Defra, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Devolved Administrations will continue to cooperate in the enforcement of UK fisheries policies.

The UK intends to maintain strong relationships with operational counterparts in other countries after we leave. We will continue to meet our international obligations for control, inspection and reporting.

4 Sep 2018, 1:12 p.m. Community Fisheries Control Agency Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans for Regulation (EC) No 768/2005 to form part of the common rule book envisaged in the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, Cm 9593.

Answer (George Eustice)

This regulation refers to the European Fisheries Control Agency, an EU body that organises the operational co-ordination of fisheries control and inspection activities. After exit, the UK will continue to cooperate with the EU in shared enforcement action but under terms determined by bilateral agreement rather than under the terms of a common rule book and existing EU regulation.

Our proposal is for a free trade area for goods between the UK and the EU. This would be underpinned by a common rulebook, which would cover only those rules necessary to provide for frictionless trade at the border.

24 Jul 2018, 11:16 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency budget his Department has been provided with in order to set up UK bodies to carry on the functions of EU agencies in his Department's area of responsibility in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

Answer (George Eustice)

HM Treasury provided Defra with additional funding to cover the activities required in 2018/19 to prepare for leaving the EU. Costs for the additional functions that may be required in future years will be considered as part of the review of medium term funding requirements for activities related to leaving the EU that Defra and other Departments will be working on with HM Treasury later this year.

24 Jul 2018, 11:14 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements are being made to secure accommodation for UK bodies set up to carry on the functions of EU agencies in his Department's area of responsibility in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Defra group is working to ensure we have the capacity in the estate to accommodate an increased workforce, including the establishment of any potential new agencies. This includes considering the implications of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

24 Jul 2018, 11:11 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) administration costs, (b) grant funding, (c) staff, (d) accommodation and (e) budget required by existing UK bodies to which he plans to transfer the functions of EU agencies in his Department's area of responsibility in the event of the UK leaving the EU without agreement.

Answer (George Eustice)

The cost of establishing UK bodies and expanding the functions of existing bodies to carry on the functions of EU agencies is currently being considered as part of a comprehensive review of the services provided by the Defra group. We expect to be able to provide more detailed information about this, including costs, by the end of the year.

24 Jul 2018, 11:08 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential costs of associate membership of EU agencies in his Department's area of responsibility when the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

The potential costs of associate membership of EU agencies, where applicable, will be considered as part of the review of medium term funding requirements for activities related to leaving the EU that Defra and other Departments will be working on with HM Treasury later this year.

24 Jul 2018, 11:06 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential costs of setting up UK bodies to carry on the functions of EU agencies in his Department's area of responsibility in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (George Eustice)

The cost of establishing UK bodies to carry on the functions of EU agencies is currently being considered as part of a comprehensive review of the services provided by the Defra group. We expect to be able to provide more detailed information about this, including costs, by the end of the year.

23 Jul 2018, 11:26 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any official restrictions have been placed on the ability of officials working on policy relating to the UK leaving the EU in DEFRA agencies to conduct official discussions with (a) port authorities, (b) major retailers, and (c) haulage firms.

Answer (George Eustice)

Ministers and officials have engaged with industry representatives on operational issues around leaving the EU. This has fed into policy work. There have been some limited restrictions on the sharing of information that would be sensitive in the context of ongoing negotiations with the EU.

16 Jul 2018, 2:35 p.m. Food and Plants: Imports Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) value and (b) volume of (i) plant material, (ii) meat or animal material and (iii) other food products imported at each point of entry into the UK; and what records of those imports are make at each point of entry.

Answer (George Eustice)

In 2017 from non-EU countries, the UK imported approximately:

  • £4 billion of ‘plants which are food’, weighing 3.7 million tonnes.
  • £4 billion of ‘meat and animal products’, weighing 1 million tonnes.
  • £6 billion of ‘other food products’, weighing 7.1 million tonnes.

Ports keep records of all consignments of imported food of animal origin and high-risk food not of animal origin (food not of animal origin subject to EU sampling legislation) on the TRACES computer system. Other government bodies such as HMRC also keep some records of food imports.

It should be noted that HMRC only collect details of imports of goods at specific points of entry from non-EU countries – currently the same data is not collected for movements of goods from EU member states at specific points of entry.

16 Jul 2018, 12:30 p.m. Animals and Plants: Imports Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with HMRC on the capacity of its customs computer system for plant and animal imports to process potential increased volumes of applications after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

Defra has an extensive programme of work focused on preparing for a range of scenarios to make sure we are ready for the point when the UK leaves the EU. Ministers and officials regularly liaise with colleagues across Government including with HMRC. This includes discussions on the UK’s systems for the management of trade in animal and plant materials. The precise nature of our future relationship with the EU is still to be determined and is the subject of negotiation.

28 Mar 2018, 10:58 a.m. Shipping Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on developing data exchange arrangements to identify the movement of (a) EU and (b) third country vessels in UK waters, and the movement of UK vessels in (i) EU and (ii) third country waters, after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

There are two primary sources of data which can be used to monitor fishing vessel activity. Firstly, under International Maritime Organisation regulations, vessels over 300 tonnes must have automatic identification system (AIS); this is also an EU requirement for vessels over 15m in length and is used more widely as a safety aid. AIS is open source data available to all vessels wherever they are. Secondly, all EU vessels over 12m in length must have a vessel monitoring system while third country vessels in EU waters are required to have an operational satellite tracking system.

Data sharing arrangements between authorities are a standard condition of fisheries agreements.

21 Mar 2018, 12:04 p.m. Veterinary Medicine Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on systems for the (a) licensing and (b) marketing of veterinary medicines after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

Defra and its executive agency the Veterinary Medicines Directorate are making good progress on preparations for leaving the EU related to veterinary medicines.

All the potential day 1 issues have been identified and delivery plans are in place to ensure continuity of the licensing and marketing of veterinary medicines, this includes necessary legislative changes and process changes including IT services that may no longer be accessed through the EU. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate has been working closely with its stakeholder groups and other government bodies involved in the regulation of medicines and chemicals.

21 Mar 2018, 11:51 a.m. Import Controls Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money from the public purse his Department has spent on the introduction of a new national import control system for animals, animal products and high risk food and feed when the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

The preliminary accounting figure for spend to the end of February on building a new national import control system is £2.25 million.

16 Mar 2018, 6:42 p.m. Ozone Layer: Environment Protection Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of a UK system to manage the quota of (a) fluorinated gases and (b) ozone depleting substances required under the UN Montreal Protocol, after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The future operation of the fluorinated gases (F-gas) and ozone depleting substances (ODS) quota systems will depend on the outcome of ongoing negotiations. It is important to be prepared for a range of outcomes, including the unlikely possibility of leaving without a deal.

Possible outcomes include establishing UK F-gas and ODS quota systems. The Environment Agency and Defra are currently scoping options for the development of administrative systems to manage UK quotas.

All preparations are conducted without prejudice to any negotiated solution which the UK and EU might agree.

16 Mar 2018, 2:44 p.m. Fish: Exports Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on developing a new catch certificate system for UK (a) fish and (b) fish products exported to the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

Defra is working with a range of agencies, including the Marine Management Organisation, and holding discussions with the Devolved Administrations, to develop a system for managing the issuing and processing of catch certificates if they are required to accompany the import and export of fish and fish products between the UK and the EU. This is dependent on the outcome of the UK and EU negotiations.

16 Mar 2018, 2:38 p.m. Chemicals Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on new IT capabilities to enable the (a) registration and (b) regulation of chemical substances in the UK market, after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Work has started on the delivery of new IT capability to enable the registration and regulation of chemical substances placed on the UK market. This forms part of our contingency planning for Day 1 readiness and will ensure continuity for businesses after the UK leaves the EU.

To date, Defra has spent has spent £330,000 on the Alpha development phase of a new IT system for the registration of chemical substances. No expenditure has been incurred to date on developing IT capability for the regulation of chemical substances as the initial phases of the project are focussed on registration.

15 Mar 2018, 10:52 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been allocated by his Department to prepare for the UK leaving the EU; and how much of that funding was approved after the issue of a Ministerial direction.

Answer (George Eustice)

The amount allocated to the UK’s departure from the EU in the Spring Supplementary Estimate for 2017-18 was £67.4 million from the Reserve, with a further £20 million repurposed from Defra’s budget towards the UK’s departure from the EU. In the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, £310 million has been allocated to Defra for the UK’s departure from the EU in 2018-19, with a further £10 million being repurposed from Defra’s budget.

The Ministerial Direction that was issued on 16 January 2018 was not connected to the allocation of funding. The Direction sought the necessary authority required under ‘Managing Public Money’ for six projects to proceed to their building phase before the EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent and provides the necessary legislative cover.

15 Mar 2018, 10:52 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department allocated for preparation projects for the UK leaving the EU was approved in the Spring Supplementary Estimate; and how much of that funding was after the issuing of a Ministerial direction.

Answer (George Eustice)

The amount allocated to the UK’s departure from the EU in the Spring Supplementary Estimate for 2017-18 was £67.4 million from the Reserve, with a further £20 million repurposed from Defra’s budget towards the UK’s departure from the EU. In the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, £310 million has been allocated to Defra for the UK’s departure from the EU in 2018-19, with a further £10 million being repurposed from Defra’s budget.

The Ministerial Direction that was issued on 16 January 2018 was not connected to the allocation of funding. The Direction sought the necessary authority required under ‘Managing Public Money’ for six projects to proceed to their building phase before the EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent and provides the necessary legislative cover.

20 Feb 2018, 6:47 p.m. Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Air Pollution Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on including the Dartford Crossing in his Department’s Air Quality Plan as a result of the reclassification of that crossing as an urban road in 2017.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Since the Dartford Crossing was reclassified as an urban road by the Department for Transport, this section of road has been included in Defra’s air quality modelling.

20 Feb 2018, 5:57 p.m. Air Pollution: Dartford Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which road in Dartford was identified in his Department’s Air Quality Action Plan to be over the limit value for air pollution in 2017.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The A206.

20 Feb 2018, 5:54 p.m. Air Pollution: Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Dartford Crossing (A282) will be included in his Department's Air Quality Plan.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Yes, it has been.

20 Feb 2018, 5:54 p.m. Air Pollution: Dartford Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons his Department's Air Quality Action Plan concluded that no road in Dartford would be over the limit value for air pollution this year.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Our UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations was informed by modelling which uses the latest available evidence, which indicates that all modelled roads in Dartford are expected to be compliant with the NO2 limit value by 2018.

20 Feb 2018, 2:21 p.m. Animal Breeding: Licensing Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether inspections carried out by inspectors certified by a body accredited by UKAS will be duplicated by local authority inspectors under the forthcoming animal establishments licensing regime.

Answer (George Eustice)

New regulations on licensing of activities involving animals were laid in draft on 8 February. They replace the existing laws on dog breeding, and in conjunction with supporting guidance being finalised, will allow those operators certified by UKAS-accredited organisations to be assessed as lower risk and subject to fewer inspections and a lower fee. Within the requirements of the inspection regime set out in the regulations, local authorities will be encouraged to avoid duplication of inspections where facilities are already inspected by UKAS-accredited bodies and to work collaboratively with UKAS-accredited organisations on this. My officials have held a number of joint meetings with UKAS and local authority representatives to encourage this cooperation.

20 Feb 2018, 2:21 p.m. Dogs: Animal Breeding Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals for there to be a requirement for local authorities to work collaboratively with the UK Accreditation Service in order to avoid the duplication of inspections of dog breeders.

Answer (George Eustice)

New regulations on licensing of activities involving animals were laid in draft on 8 February. They replace the existing laws on dog breeding, and in conjunction with supporting guidance being finalised, will allow those operators certified by UKAS-accredited organisations to be assessed as lower risk and subject to fewer inspections and a lower fee. Within the requirements of the inspection regime set out in the regulations, local authorities will be encouraged to avoid duplication of inspections where facilities are already inspected by UKAS-accredited bodies and to work collaboratively with UKAS-accredited organisations on this. My officials have held a number of joint meetings with UKAS and local authority representatives to encourage this cooperation.

20 Feb 2018, 11:18 a.m. Dogs: Animal Breeding Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dog breeders will require a licence under the forthcoming animal establishments licensing regime.

Answer (George Eustice)

My department estimated in the impact assessment that around 4,950 dog breeders will need licences under the new regulatory scheme up from around 600 at present.

8 Feb 2018, 11:13 a.m. Dogs: Sales Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage puppy buyers to seek out Assured Breeders.

Answer (George Eustice)

Defra has published information on the Government’s official website GOV.UK advising prospective owners how to source a puppy responsibly. It recommends seeking advice on acquiring the puppy from a reputable source such as the Kennel Club and provides a link to their website. We are also updating the laws on breeding and selling dogs. One of the improvements is that licensed breeders who are members of an organisation which has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service will be considered as lower risk and as such may be entitled to a longer licence, unless the local authority finds evidence of poor animal welfare or non-compliance.

16 Nov 2017, 4:42 p.m. Marine Environment: Conservation Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with which organisations within the marine conservation sector on which dates Ministers of his Department have had meetings since the 2017 General Election.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Departments routinely publish details of Ministers meetings' which contain the names of external organisations.

The data is available here and the next set will be published in due course: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-hospitality-gifts-meetings-overseas-travel.

16 Nov 2017, 3:42 p.m. Angling Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with which organisations within the recreational fishing sector on which dates Ministers of his Department have had meetings since the 2017 General Election.

Answer (George Eustice)

Departments routinely publish details of Ministers meetings' which contain the names of external organisations.

The data is available here and the next set will be published in due course:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-hospitality-gifts-meetings-overseas-travel.

16 Nov 2017, 3:42 p.m. Fisheries Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with which organisations within the commercial fishing sector on which dates Ministers of his Department have had meetings since the 2017 General Election.

Answer (George Eustice)

Departments routinely publish details of Ministers meetings' which contain the names of external organisations.

The data is available here and the next set will be published in due course:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-hospitality-gifts-meetings-overseas-travel.

16 Nov 2017, 3:42 p.m. Fishing for Leave Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times and on which dates Ministers of his Department have met representatives from Fishing for Leave since the 2017 General Election.

Answer (George Eustice)

Departments routinely publish details of Ministers meetings' which contain the names of external organisations.

The data is available here and the next set will be published in due course:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-hospitality-gifts-meetings-overseas-travel.

8 Nov 2017, 11:34 a.m. Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the SAWS Transition Working Group has met each year since 2013; and whether he will publish its latest analysis.

Answer (George Eustice)

The SAWS Transition Working Group has met 8 times since 2013. The evidence collated and discussed by the group includes commercially sensitive material. Reports of the working group are shared with the group members.

12 Jul 2017, 10:26 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department and each of his Department's agencies are covered by the remit of a pay review body.

Answer (George Eustice)

Only Senior Civil Servants (SCS) in Defra and its Agencies are covered by a pay review body. Delegated grades (Grade 6 and below) and all staff in NDPBs are not covered by a pay review body; they have pay awards that are subject to Treasury pay guidance.

99 people (4.4%) of Defra staff are covered by a pay review body.

6 people (0.3%) of APHA staff are covered by a pay review body.

3 people (0.5%) of CEFAS staff are covered by a pay review body.

7 people (0.4%) of RPA staff are covered by a pay review body.

3 people (1.9%) of VMD staff are covered by a pay review body.

In total there are 118 people (1.7%) of staff in Defra and its agencies who are covered by a pay review body.

12 Jul 2017, 10:26 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff within each sponsored non-departmental public body of his Department fall within the remit of a pay review body.

Answer (George Eustice)

Only Senior Civil Servants (SCS) in Defra and its Agencies are covered by a pay review body. Delegated grades (Grade 6 and below) and all staff in NDPBs are not covered by a pay review body; they have pay awards that are subject to Treasury pay guidance.

99 people (4.4%) of Defra staff are covered by a pay review body.

6 people (0.3%) of APHA staff are covered by a pay review body.

3 people (0.5%) of CEFAS staff are covered by a pay review body.

7 people (0.4%) of RPA staff are covered by a pay review body.

3 people (1.9%) of VMD staff are covered by a pay review body.

In total there are 118 people (1.7%) of staff in Defra and its agencies who are covered by a pay review body.

12 Jul 2017, 10:26 a.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pay Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department are covered by the remit of a pay review body.

Answer (George Eustice)

Only Senior Civil Servants (SCS) in Defra and its Agencies are covered by a pay review body. Delegated grades (Grade 6 and below) and all staff in NDPBs are not covered by a pay review body; they have pay awards that are subject to Treasury pay guidance.

99 people (4.4%) of Defra staff are covered by a pay review body.

6 people (0.3%) of APHA staff are covered by a pay review body.

3 people (0.5%) of CEFAS staff are covered by a pay review body.

7 people (0.4%) of RPA staff are covered by a pay review body.

3 people (1.9%) of VMD staff are covered by a pay review body.

In total there are 118 people (1.7%) of staff in Defra and its agencies who are covered by a pay review body.

26 Jun 2017, 4:37 p.m. Food: Manufacturing Industries Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is providing for the food manufacturing sector to mitigate the effect of EU workforce shortages.

Answer (George Eustice)

Employers in the sectors are free to continue to recruit EU workers to meet their labour needs, and we remain closely engaged with the industry to ensure that we are informed of their latest intelligence on labour demand.

The Home Office intends to commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to better understand the reliance on EU migrant workers across the economy and consider the UK’s labour market needs.

In the longer-term, the Government is considering the options for our future immigration system very carefully. We are looking to develop a system which works for all, and will ensure that businesses and communities have the opportunity to contribute their views.

26 Jun 2017, 4:37 p.m. Agriculture: Vacancies Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department is providing to the farming sector to mitigate the effect of EU workforce shortages.

Answer (George Eustice)

Employers in the sectors are free to continue to recruit EU workers to meet their labour needs, and we remain closely engaged with the industry to ensure that we are informed of their latest intelligence on labour demand.

The Home Office intends to commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to better understand the reliance on EU migrant workers across the economy and consider the UK’s labour market needs.

In the longer-term, the Government is considering the options for our future immigration system very carefully. We are looking to develop a system which works for all, and will ensure that businesses and communities have the opportunity to contribute their views.