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Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Mon 28 Sep 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Covid-19
Chris Grayling contributed 2 speeches (1,021 words)
Mon 21 Sep 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Covid-19 Update
Chris Grayling contributed 1 speech (125 words)
Tue 15 Sep 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Coronavirus
Chris Grayling contributed 1 speech (102 words)
Thu 10 Sep 2020 Department for Transport Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Aviation Sector
Chris Grayling contributed 3 speeches (1,061 words)

Questions

Date Title Questioner
25 Sep 2020, 2:37 p.m. Housing: Construction Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Conservative - Epsom and Ewell)

Question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish a comparative assessment of his Department's housing targets and the Office for National Statistics projections of future household growth by each local planning authority area in England.

Answer (Christopher Pincher)

The Government does not set housing targets. It is for local planning authorities to determine how many homes they will plan for through the local plan making process. The national planning policy framework sets out that in doing this strategic plan making, authorities should use the standard method for assessing local housing need as the starting point in this process. The projections of future household growth are published by the Office of National Statistics and are available publicly online.

11 Sep 2020, 1:54 p.m. Vacant Land Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Conservative - Epsom and Ewell)

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total area of undeveloped land in the UK available for agricultural, forestry, moorland or other countryside use.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only. The total area in England of non-developed land (agricultural, forest and open land only), which may be available for conversion to agricultural, forestry, moorland or other countryside uses, is 10,910,678 hectares (based on 2018 MHCLG Land Use data, the latest available). A proportion of this land will already comprise species rich or protected habitats or high grades of agricultural land so may not be suitable for conversion to other uses.

11 Sep 2020, 1:50 p.m. Fisheries: Marine Protected Areas Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Conservative - Epsom and Ewell)

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will limit the size of trawlers allowed to operate in marine protected areas.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

Marine protection is a devolved matter and the information provided relates to England only.

The impact a fishing vessel has on a Marine Protected Area is determined by how damaging the fishing method is, rather than the size of the vessel. 'Supertrawlers' generally target pelagic species of fish within the water column and are unlikely to damage the seabed habitats, such as reef and sediment habitats, for which most Marine Protected Areas are designated.

A new power proposed in the Fisheries Bill will allow the Marine Management Organisation to protect offshore Marine Protected Areas from damaging fishing activity. We are prioritising those Marine Protected Areas most at risk and aim to make rapid progress as soon as the transition period ends.

Our Fisheries Bill prohibits any commercial fishing vessel from fishing in UK waters without a licence. It also provides powers to attach conditions (such as the areas that can be fished, species that can be caught and the type of fishing gear that can be used) to fishing vessel licences. Foreign vessels operating in UK waters will have to follow UK rules, including the conditions that are attached to their commercial fishing licence.

10 Sep 2020, 5:41 p.m. Farms Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Conservative - Epsom and Ewell)

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total area of farmland is in (a) England and (b) the UK; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of that land that is put to agricultural use.

Answer (Victoria Prentis)

The total agricultural area in 2019 was 9,604,512 hectares in England and 18,848,943 hectares in the UK.

The utilised agricultural area accounts for 94% (9,059,462 hectares) of the total agricultural area in England and 93% (17,531,535 hectares) in the UK.

The utilised agricultural area includes all arable and horticultural crops, uncropped arable land, common rough grazing, temporary and permanent grassland and land used for outdoor pigs. It excludes woodland and other non-agricultural land (such as tracks, ponds and yards).

10 Sep 2020, 4:34 p.m. Arable Farming Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Conservative - Epsom and Ewell)

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on requiring farmers to protect land for wildlife at the edge of fields under cultivation.

Answer (Rebecca Pow)

Wildlife not only plays an important role in the health and abundance of our nation's natural resources but also assumes a crucial role in England's agricultural success. Defra has ensured that we have a policy package that includes both legal protections and funding enhancements. This dual approach supports the Government's deep commitment to the environment, reflected in the goals we have set through the 25 Year Environment Plan. Defra will support farmers in turning over fields to meadows rich in herbs and wildflowers, planting more trees, restoring habitats for endangered species, recovering soil fertility and attracting our wildlife back.

Following our exit from the EU, farmers and land managers continue to be required to comply with domestic legislation, including compliance with regulations that cover water courses, hedgerows, buffer strips for fertiliser and manure application. Farmers and land managers must comply with these regulations even after rules that relate to CAP payments cease to have effect.

Legal protection for hedgerows is provided by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. These regulations prohibit the removal of most, or parts of, countryside hedgerows without first seeking approval from the local planning authority. We also currently have regulations which protect water courses under the Farming Rules for Water.

Regarding funding, the Countryside Stewardship scheme offers farmers funding for creating buffer strips on cultivated land. These grassy buffer strips not only create new habitat and prevent pollutants (such as pesticides and sediment) from entering aquatic systems, they also provide wildlife with much needed corridors to link existing habitat areas and aid dispersal.

Signing a Countryside Stewardship agreement over the next 2-3 years gives farmers and land managers a viable, long-term source of income for providing environmental benefits. Those who sign up to new Countryside Stewardship agreements will also be well-placed in the future to participate in our new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, subject to successfully applying.

Additionally, under the ELM scheme, due to launch in 2024 as the cornerstone of our new agricultural policy, farmers and other land managers may enter into agreements to be paid for delivering public goods, including thriving plants and wildlife.


Chris Grayling mentioned

Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Wed 16 Sep 2020 No Department present Commons Chamber Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
3 speeches (48 words)

Found: ,</p> <p>That Chris Grayling be removed from the Intelligence and Security Committee

Thu 10 Sep 2020 Department for Transport Commons Chamber Aviation Sector
104 speeches (18,837 words)

Found: agreeing with the former Transport Secretary, the right hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling

Wed 16 Sep 2020 Ministry of Justice Commons Chamber Sentencing White Paper
83 speeches (10,582 words)

Found: and Ewell (Chris Grayling). It missed targets and cost taxpayers an extra £460 million. We will continue

Thu 10 Sep 2020 Cabinet Office Grand Committee Parliamentary Constituencies Bill
171 speeches (35,658 words)

Found: coincided, I think, with that of Chris Grayling as the Secretary of State for Justice, although why I

Mon 21 Sep 2020 Department for Transport Grand Committee Brexit: Road, Rail and Maritime Transport (EUC Report)
24 speeches (15,095 words)

Found: report, dated July last year, the then Minister, Chris Grayling, talked about the new exit date of 31

Mon 28 Sep 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Covid-19
150 speeches (59,684 words)

Found: on a cliff edge, such as aviation, which the right hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) mentioned

Wed 16 Sep 2020 Cabinet Office Commons Chamber United Kingdom Internal Market Bill
365 speeches (56,536 words)

Found: Transport Minister, the right hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), or we may be in deeper

Publications

Transparency

Date Department Title Type
Sep. 17 2020 Department for Transport Main Page: DfT: annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: DfT: annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: circumstances. I must also express my gratitude to my predecessor, Chris Grayling, for his work in leading

Sep. 17 2020 Department for Transport Main Page: DfT: annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: DfT: annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: must also express my gratitude to my predecessor, Chris Grayling, for his work in leading

Tweets

Date Department or MP
10 Sep 2020, 1:58 p.m. Huw Merriman MP (Conservative - Bexhill and Battle)

@WayneDavid_MP standing up for #aviation in Wales followed by Chris Grayling; said he would not speak on his former portfolio but too important to remain silent. #aviationdebate

18 Sep 2020, 2:51 p.m. Baroness Barker (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

News that Chris Grayling is to be paid to advise Hutchison Ports is a great excuse to read again this corker from @MarinaHyde https://t.co/8FqSqW7p5d

10 Sep 2020, 4:19 p.m. Clive Lewis MP (Labour - Norwich South)

Knowing this govt as I do, I’m waiting for Chris Grayling to be announced as head of operational delivery #moonshot https://t.co/wR2GFDnU0F

17 Sep 2020, 8:47 a.m. Lord Adonis (Labour - Life peer)

You couldn’t make this up. Chris Grayling is being paid £100k a year to advise a ports company!

17 Sep 2020, 2:12 p.m. Clive Lewis MP (Labour - Norwich South)

Soon to be ‘former’ top UK ports. Chris Grayling lands £100k job advising some of UK's top ports https://t.co/7smfB4F3EY https://t.co/F2MHNU20nD

16 Sep 2020, 7:41 p.m. Jim McMahon MP (Labour (Co-op) - Oldham West and Royton)

I’ve checked and they do actually have ports. Amazing improvement. Chris Grayling To Be Paid £100,000 A Year To Advise Ports Company | HuffPost UK https://t.co/RfRa4OxtAn

18 Sep 2020, 1:11 p.m. Lord Adonis (Labour - Life peer)

‘This week’s Brexit crisis has a retro feel. All we need now is Chris Grayling hiring ferries from companies with no ferries and we can adjust our watches back to October 2019’. My @TheNewEuropean column https://t.co/1ojcibr8B2

10 Sep 2020, 2:11 p.m. Mr Richard Holden (Conservative - North West Durham)

We’ve got to do more to get our aviation sector moving again Constituents have raised direct jobs, manufacturing supply chain jobs &amp; travel sector jobs - all at risk Fmr: PM @theresa_may, T/port Sec Chris Grayling &amp; @HuwMerriman of @CommonsTrans have made important points today

23 Sep 2020, 11:42 a.m. Alison Thewliss MP (Scottish National Party - Glasgow Central)

Only last week I raised the risk of the UK Internal Market Bill putting UK Ministers like Chris Grayling in charge of Scotland's infrastructure... now that infamous ferry firm with no ships he gave a £14m contract has gone bust: https://t.co/MF3IzATtGn #FailingGrayling #UKIMBill https://t.co/JVg8J5pB0R