Anne-Marie Trevelyan Written Questions

12 Questions to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs tabled by Anne-Marie Trevelyan


Date Title Questioner
31 Jan 2019, 5:05 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made in laying statutory instruments related to EU exit preparedness; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (David Rutley)

The Government has made good progress in laying the up to 600 statutory instruments required by exit day to ensure a functioning statute book. As of 30 January, my department has laid 92 exit related statutory instruments. All exit related statutory instruments are published on legislation.gov.uk, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title.

17 Jan 2019, 11:58 a.m. Sheep Meat: Northumbria Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to support the Northumbrian lamb industry in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and tariffs on its products are imposed.

Answer (George Eustice)

It is in everyone’s interests to secure a good deal with the EU and that is exactly what we are committed to. Whilst preparing for all outcomes, as any responsible government would, we are also preparing for the possibility of no deal.

We are in close contact with the sheep sector across the UK working to understand and anticipate the effects on the sector of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal. Significant work is already underway to ensure that UK exporters can maintain access to EU markets after March 2019.

7 Jan 2019, 6 p.m. Birds of Prey: Conservation Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hen harrier nests there were on (a) RSPB and (b) non-RSPB reserves in each of the last six years; how many of those nests failed to have any chicks fledge; and what the causes of each of those nest failures were.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has primary control over access to two known hen harrier breeding sites: the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale and United Utilities landholding in the Bowland Fells, a special protection area.

Table 1. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by RSPB

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely reason for failure

2014

Bowland

5 chicks fledged

2014

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Unknown - chicks dead in nest

2015

Bowland

1 chick fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Predation

2015

Geltsdale

Nest failed

Male missing

2016

Geltsdale

1 chick fledged

2018

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2018

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2018

Bowland

5 chicks fledged

Table 2. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by other bodies

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely Reason for failure

2013

County Durham

Nest failed

Female disappeared/deserted

2013

Northumberland

Nest failed

Abnormal eggs

2014

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2014

Peak District

4 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

2 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Likely bad weather - chicks dead in wet nest

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2018

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Desertion

2018

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Desertion

2018

Northumberland

Nest failed

Predation

2018

Northumberland

Nest failed

Predation or deserted

2018

Northumberland

Nest failed

Predated

2018

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2018

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2018

Northumberland

2 chicks fledged

2018

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2018

Cumbria

4 chicks fledged

2018

Yorkshire

4 chicks fledged

19 Dec 2018, 12:47 p.m. Peat Bogs Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to publish its Peat Strategy.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The England Peat Strategy will be published in 2019.

28 Nov 2018, 4:39 p.m. Potatoes: Imports Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the level of risk of diseased potato importation into the UK as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Answer (David Rutley)

Our plant health biosecurity arrangements currently protect UK businesses and the environment from pests and diseases, including those related to potatoes, and we will continue to protect the nation’s plant health biosecurity during and after our departure from the EU. Our work to prepare for leaving the EU will ensure that our high biosecurity standards will continue to be met in ways that support trade and the smooth flow of goods.

28 Nov 2018, 2:43 p.m. Potatoes: Sales Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Farmers' Guardian article Major seed potato market could be killed off with no-deal Brexit, published on 13 August 2018, what information his Department holds on the legality of selling sell seed potatoes to EU countries after March 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government is committed to pursuing a negotiated outcome which maintains our ability to export all seed to the EU and recognises that this issue is of particular concern for the seed potato industry. However, it is our duty as a responsible Government to prepare for all eventualities, including no deal, until we can be certain of the outcome of those negotiations.

The EU has stated in its Preparedness Notice for plant reproductive material that, in a no deal scenario, UK seed of all species will be subject to its equivalence requirements for third countries. This means that UK seed will not be marketable in the EU until the EU recognises UK processes as equivalent. Defra, with input from the devolved administrations, has made an initial application to the EU Commission for third country equivalence. More detailed information is being prepared in anticipation of discussion with the EU shortly. If approved, this would allow UK exports of seed potatoes to continue as they do now.

11 Jul 2018, 2:26 p.m. Moorland: Fire Prevention Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the responsible management of heather moorland to minimise the risk of uncontrollable wild fires; and if he will make it his policy to include controlled burning in accordance with the Heather and Grass Burning Code as part of that management.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government and its agencies are working with moorland owners, land managers and their representatives to put in place long term management plans and stewardship agreements to restore the hydrology and vegetation on degraded blanket bogs. Raising water tables and increasing the coverage of sphagnum moss allows the processes of recovery that store carbon and reduce the risk of ignition of these habitats by wildfire. The risk of severe damage by wildfire on a wet, well functioning blanket bog is relatively low. In accordance with the Heather and Grass Burning Code, managed one-off burning or cutting firebreaks may help to reduce the risk of fires starting on other habitats such as dry heath, and reduce the spread of fire around likely ignition points.

31 Jan 2018, 12:09 p.m. Environment Protection Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

What progress has been made on implementing his Department's 25 Year Environment Plan.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government is already implementing commitments in the plan. We recently consulted on proposals to ban UK sales of ivory, are bringing into force rules to reduce water pollution from agriculture and are legislating to set limits on air pollutants emitted from medium sized combustion plants. Since the plan’s publication, several supermarkets and restaurants have pledged to tackle plastic packaging and single-use plastics.

31 Oct 2017, 5:04 p.m. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Grants Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what taxpayer funded grants including EU funds have been received by the RSPB in the last five years.

Answer (George Eustice)

The department publishes details of all expenditure over £25,000, including grants, at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/financial-transactions-data-defra.

The majority of grants are made under the Darwin/Official Development Assistance (ODA) initiative. The RSPB also receives funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Details of specific grants made under CAP in the 2015 and 2016 European Community financial years (16 October – 15 October) can be found via http://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk.

18 Oct 2017, 2:55 p.m. Birds: Conservation Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 11 of the RSPB's Reserves 2012 report, what information his Department holds on the population of priority bird species on RSPB reserves since 2012.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Defra does not hold information on the population of priority bird species on RSPB reserves.

17 Oct 2017, 4:43 p.m. Birds of Prey Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hen harrier nests there were on (a) RSPB and (b) non-RSPB reserves in each of the last five years; how many of those nests failed to have any chicks fledge in each of those years; and what the known causes of each of those nest failures were.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has primary control over access to two known hen harrier breeding sites: the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale and United Utilities landholding in the Bowland Fells, a special protection area.

Table 1. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by RSPB

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely reason for failure

2014

Bowland

5 chicks fledged

2014

Bowland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Unknown - chicks dead in nest

2015

Bowland

1 chick fledged

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Male missing

2015

Bowland

Nest failed

Predation

2015

Geltsdale

Nest failed

Male missing

2016

Geltsdale

1 chick fledged

Table 2. Breeding data from sites primarily controlled by other bodies

Year

Area

Outcome

Likely Reason for failure

2013

County Durham

Nest failed

Female disappeared/deserted

2013

Northumberland

Nest failed

Abnormal eggs

2014

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2014

Peak District

4 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

2 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Cumbria

3 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2015

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

2 chicks fledged

2016

Northumberland

5 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

4 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Northumberland

3 chicks fledged

2017

Northumberland

Nest failed

Likely bad weather - chicks dead in wet nest

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

2017

Yorkshire Dales

Nest failed

Suspected predation

5 Sep 2017, 10:41 a.m. Lynx: Kielder Forest Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential safety risk to the public of reintroducing the Eurasian lynx to the Kielder Forest.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The application to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx to the Kielder Forest will be considered carefully in accordance with international guidelines and taking account of the impacts on affected communities, including public safety and the wider environment.