Holly Lynch Written Questions

27 Questions to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs tabled by Holly Lynch


Date Title Questioner
18 Jun 2018, 12:55 p.m. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce an alternative funding stream to the European and Maritime and Fisheries Fund after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

The government has made clear that all European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) projects approved before the UK leaves the EU will be fully funded even if these projects have not been completed by the time the UK leaves the EU. This guarantee applies across the UK.

Work to develop future domestic funds to replace those currently operated by the EU is underway.

18 Jun 2018, 12:12 p.m. Fisheries: Migrant Workers Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) each nationality represented in the UK fishing sector workforce and (b) the changes in the levels of those nationalities after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

Following a pilot labour survey of the catching sector in 2017, Seafish will be conducting a full labour survey as part of its wider analysis of the UK fleet in 2018. The results of the 2017 pilot are published by Seafish and the analysis undertaken in 2018 will be published later this year.

The Government has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society, and how to align the future immigration framework with modern industrial strategy. We welcome the MAC’s interim report published in March 2018 and will consider its evidence in full when it publishes its final report in September 2018.

http://www.seafish.org/media/publications/Seafish_2017_Pilot_fleet_employment_survey_report_FULL.pdf

25 Apr 2018, 4:49 p.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release, entitled flood scheme boost with £36 million of funding, published on 27 March 2018, if he will list the 25 flood schemes that will receive a share of that funding.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The £36 million of the £76 million funding announced for flood defence at the Autumn 2017 budget has been allocated to the 37 projects listed below. Twelve of the projects, in Devon and Cumbria, were announced in December and the remaining and the remaining 25 were on 27th March.

Funding was requested and provided for all the schemes that would meet the two criteria :- i) a new project could be completed in the next 3 years; ii) the scheme would either generate sufficient benefits in term of reduced flood risk to qualifying for 100% funding or have a high confidence of securing any partnership contributions needed.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Hull River Defences Phase 2

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

11.80

Bath Flood Defence Scheme (Twerton gate replacement)

Bath

4.80

Hexham Industrial Estates Flood Alleviation Scheme

Hexham

3.73

Seahouses Main Pier Rehabilitation

Berwick-upon-Tweed

2.88

Irwell Vale to Strongsty, Lancashire

Rossendale and Darwen

2.43

Torksey Area Flood Risk Management Scheme

Gainsborough

1.60

Sud and Twyver Flood Risk and Restoration Project

Gloucester

1.27

Wallasey Embankment, Wirral

Wirral West

0.67

Warwickshire Property Level Protection Schemes (Galley, Grendon, Fillongley, Bermuda)

Nuneaton, North Warwickshire

0.64

Ashes Road Scheme, Rowley Regis

Warley

0.50

Morton Corner, Gainsborough

Gainsborough

0.44

Summer Lane Improvement Works, Worle, Somerset

Weston-Super-Mare

0.43

Cuttle Brook Increased catchment storage, Derby

Derby South

0.38

Lower Brailes Flood Alleviation Scheme, Welford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-on-Avon

0.38

Upsizing and Diversion of Culvert at Skipton Road, Barnoldswick

Pendle

0.30

Upper Brookstray, Coventry, Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.29

Eel Mires Dike Flood Alleviation Scheme, Dinnington

Rother Valley

0.29

Broad Oak Water culvert, Accrington

Hyndburn

0.23

Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire

South Staffordshire

0.15

Bennetts Road, Keresley Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.15

Calico Brook, Appley Bridge - Scheme Review & Enhancement

Wigan

0.11

Waterhead Brook, Wolverhampton Flood Risk Alleviation

Wolverhampton North East

0.10

West Lancashire - Burscough - Level 2 Surface Water Management Plan

West Lancashire

0.10

Welford on Avon Flood Alleviation Scheme

Stratford-on-Avon

0.09

Shropshire Property Level Protection Longden and Worthen

Shrewsbury and Atcham and Ludlow

0.07

Schemes announced in December 2017.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Whimple Flood Defence Scheme

East Devon

1.03

Laira Avenue/Lipson Vale Integrated Urban Drainage Management scheme, Plymouth

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

0.61

Newby Bridge Sluice Refurbishment

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.10

Railway Terrace Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.10

Ravenglass Tidal Gate Replacement

Copeland

0.09

Caldew

Carlisle

0.06

Santon Way Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.05

Gravel Management, Kent at Kendal

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Greta at Keswick

Copeland

0.03

Troutbeck Bridge Property Level Protection

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Derwent at Cockermouth

Workington

0.02

Longtown Flood Storage Reservoir

Penrith and The Border

0.02

25 Apr 2018, 4:49 p.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release, entitled flood scheme boost with £36 million of funding, published on 27 March 2018, how many schemes were considered for receiving an allocation of that funding but were unsuccessful in securing it.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The £36 million of the £76 million funding announced for flood defence at the Autumn 2017 budget has been allocated to the 37 projects listed below. Twelve of the projects, in Devon and Cumbria, were announced in December and the remaining and the remaining 25 were on 27th March.

Funding was requested and provided for all the schemes that would meet the two criteria :- i) a new project could be completed in the next 3 years; ii) the scheme would either generate sufficient benefits in term of reduced flood risk to qualifying for 100% funding or have a high confidence of securing any partnership contributions needed.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Hull River Defences Phase 2

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

11.80

Bath Flood Defence Scheme (Twerton gate replacement)

Bath

4.80

Hexham Industrial Estates Flood Alleviation Scheme

Hexham

3.73

Seahouses Main Pier Rehabilitation

Berwick-upon-Tweed

2.88

Irwell Vale to Strongsty, Lancashire

Rossendale and Darwen

2.43

Torksey Area Flood Risk Management Scheme

Gainsborough

1.60

Sud and Twyver Flood Risk and Restoration Project

Gloucester

1.27

Wallasey Embankment, Wirral

Wirral West

0.67

Warwickshire Property Level Protection Schemes (Galley, Grendon, Fillongley, Bermuda)

Nuneaton, North Warwickshire

0.64

Ashes Road Scheme, Rowley Regis

Warley

0.50

Morton Corner, Gainsborough

Gainsborough

0.44

Summer Lane Improvement Works, Worle, Somerset

Weston-Super-Mare

0.43

Cuttle Brook Increased catchment storage, Derby

Derby South

0.38

Lower Brailes Flood Alleviation Scheme, Welford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-on-Avon

0.38

Upsizing and Diversion of Culvert at Skipton Road, Barnoldswick

Pendle

0.30

Upper Brookstray, Coventry, Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.29

Eel Mires Dike Flood Alleviation Scheme, Dinnington

Rother Valley

0.29

Broad Oak Water culvert, Accrington

Hyndburn

0.23

Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire

South Staffordshire

0.15

Bennetts Road, Keresley Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.15

Calico Brook, Appley Bridge - Scheme Review & Enhancement

Wigan

0.11

Waterhead Brook, Wolverhampton Flood Risk Alleviation

Wolverhampton North East

0.10

West Lancashire - Burscough - Level 2 Surface Water Management Plan

West Lancashire

0.10

Welford on Avon Flood Alleviation Scheme

Stratford-on-Avon

0.09

Shropshire Property Level Protection Longden and Worthen

Shrewsbury and Atcham and Ludlow

0.07

Schemes announced in December 2017.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Whimple Flood Defence Scheme

East Devon

1.03

Laira Avenue/Lipson Vale Integrated Urban Drainage Management scheme, Plymouth

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

0.61

Newby Bridge Sluice Refurbishment

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.10

Railway Terrace Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.10

Ravenglass Tidal Gate Replacement

Copeland

0.09

Caldew

Carlisle

0.06

Santon Way Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.05

Gravel Management, Kent at Kendal

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Greta at Keswick

Copeland

0.03

Troutbeck Bridge Property Level Protection

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Derwent at Cockermouth

Workington

0.02

Longtown Flood Storage Reservoir

Penrith and The Border

0.02

25 Apr 2018, 11:51 a.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release, entitled flood scheme boost with £36 million of funding, published on 27 March 2018, what criteria was used for determining the 25 flood schemes that will receive an allocation of that funding; and for what reasons schemes in Bury did not meet that criteria.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The criteria for the allocation of the £36 million required each scheme to be a new project that could be completed in the next 3 years.

The schemes needed to either generate sufficient benefits in term of reduced flood risk to qualifying for 100% funding or have a high confidence of securing any partnership contributions needed.

Schemes proposed in the Bury area fell under the following two categories and were therefore not eligible for funding from the £36 million allocation.

1. The schemes were either already part of the Environment Agency programme and are already receiving funding. This money was specifically aimed at bringing new schemes into the programme.

2. The potential new schemes associated with Bury that are currently sitting outside the current programme of work were not able to be accelerated to deliver and protect homes before 2021 as per the criteria for this funding.

24 Apr 2018, 3:57 p.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 4.50 of Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the £40 million to boost local regeneration in deprived communities at high flood risk has been allocated; what projects are set to benefit from that funding; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Ministers are still considering which schemes will benefit and expect to decide in due course.

20 Feb 2018, 11:32 a.m. Salmon: North Shields Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of a cessation of drift net salmon fishing in 2018 on heritage fishing in North Shields.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The North East coast net fishery, including drift nets at North Shields, operates as a coastal mixed stock fishery, catching salmon from a large number of different populations from rivers in both Scotland and England on the eastern coast of Britain.

The UK Government has international obligations as a member of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) to close coastal mixed stock fisheries as it is not possible to manage them in such a way as to effectively protect contributing salmon stocks. Closing fisheries is not an action that is taken without careful consideration. In reaching this position the Environment Agency (EA) has followed the NASCO guidelines and applied the Precautionary Approach to the conservation and management of salmon populations, giving priority to conserving and protecting salmon stocks.

The EA understands that these new management measures could impose a financial burden on licensed drift netsmen. It has not taken the decision to propose measures lightly, but salmon are in decline across the country. On the grounds of ensuring stocks exist at a sustainable level now and in the future, these are the measures that are being proposed.

The EA intends to formally advertise its proposals later this month and all stakeholders will have the opportunity to respond to the proposed byelaws and to request changes or modifications.

13 Feb 2018, 2:30 p.m. Water Companies: Tax Avoidance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of water utility companies that use (a) off-shore financial arrangements and (b) tax havens.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

According to data compiled by Ofwat, the following regulated water companies have offshore finance structures registered in the Cayman Islands: Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, Welsh Water and Yorkshire Water.

All of these offshore finance structures are UK resident for tax purposes.

Thames Water and Yorkshire Water have both recently announced their intention to close their offshore finance structures.

8 Feb 2018, 4:44 p.m. Water Companies: Standards Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water companies missed their leakage targets in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

No companies missed their leakage targets for the financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Six companies missed their leakage targets in 2016/17. These were:

Water company

Performance commitment (Million litres per day)

Actual performance (Million litres per day)

Bristol Water

47

47.4

Essex and Suffolk Water

66.00

68.08

Portsmouth Water

29.95

30.37

Sutton and East Surrey Water

24.30

24.34

Cambridge Water

13.5

14.32

Thames Water

630

677

The reported level of performance is based on Ofwat’s 2014 Price Review (PR14) methodology.

Leakage figures for all the water companies in England and Wales are available at Discover Water https://discoverwater.co.uk/leaking-pipes.

8 Feb 2018, 4:20 p.m. Salmon Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the cessation of all drift net salmon fishing in 2018 on salmon stocks.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The 2014 assessment of salmon stocks showed the lowest population levels in our rivers nationally on record. In response to this ongoing decline, the Environment Agency has proposed new measures to reduce the exploitation of salmon by net fisheries.

It is estimated that these measures affecting the drift net fisheries would enable 16,000 more salmon and sea trout to return to our rivers to spawn annually, providing opportunity for future recovery of the species.

16 Jan 2018, 1:26 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 December 2017, HCWS386, if he will publish a list of the 44 stocks of interest to the UK for which Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY)assessments have been made; and which 30 of those 44 stocks of interest to the UK will be fished at or below MSY in 2018.

Answer (George Eustice)

Further to my written statement of 21 December 2017, the final agreement means that 31 stocks of interest to the UK will be fished at or below their maximum sustainable yield (MSY) rate in 2018. This is out of 45 such stocks of interest for which MSY assessments have been completed by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). A list of stocks is set out below.

Stocks of interest to the UK that have a MSY assessment and will be fished at their MSY rate in 2018.

Blue ling: Union and international waters of Vb, VI, VII

Blue whiting: Norwegian waters of II and IV

Cod VII b,c,e-k, VIII, IX, X, Cecaf 34.1.1(EC)

Cod VIIa

Cod: IV; Union waters of IIa; that part of IIIa not covered by the Skagerrak and Kattegat

Cod: VIId

Common sole VIId

Common sole VIIe

Common sole: Union waters of IIa and IV

Haddock EC waters of Vb and VIa

Haddock VIIa

Haddock: IV; Union waters of IIa

Haddock: Union and international waters of VIb, XII and XIV

Hake EC waters of IIa and IV

Hake VI and VII; EC waters of Vb, international waters of XII and XIV

Herring VIIa

Herring VIIg,h,j,k

Herring: By-catches in IV, VIId and in Union waters of IIa

Herring: IVc and VIId

Herring: Union and Norwegian waters north of IV north of 53o30'N

Horse mackerel and associated by-catches: Union waters of IIa, IVa, VI, VIIa-c, VIIe-k, VIIIabde; Union and international waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

Megrim EC waters of IIa and IV

Norway lobster (Nephrops) VI; EC waters of Vb

Norway lobster (Nephrops) VII

Picked dogfish EC and international waters of I, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII and XIV

Plaice VIIa

Plaice VIId,e

Saithe: IIIa and IV; Union waters of IIa, IIIb, IIIc and Subdivisions 22-32

Saithe: VI; Union and international waters of Vb, XII and XIV

Roundnose grenadier Vb, VI and VII

North Sea sprat

Stocks of interest to the UK that have a MSY assessment and will not be fished at their MSY rate in 2018.

Blue whiting: Union and international waters of I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIIIa, VIIIb, VIIId, VIIIe, XII and XIV

Cod VIa; EC waters of Vb

Common sole VIIa

Common sole VIIfg

Haddock VII b-k, VIII, IX, X, EC waters of Cecaf 34.1.1

Herring: Union and international waters of Vb, VIb and VIaN

Mackerel: NE Atlantic

Megrim VII

Norway lobster (Nephrops) EC waters of IIa, IV

Plaice: IV; Union waters of IIa; that part of IIIa not covered by the Skagerrak and the Kattegat

Whiting VI; EC waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

Whiting VIIa

Whiting VIIbcdefhk

Whiting: IV; Union waters of IIa

16 Jan 2018, 1:02 p.m. Total Allowable Catches: Celtic Sea Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 December 2017, HCWS386, what scientific evidence informed the decision to set total allowable catches for anglerfish and pollack in the Celtic Sea.

Answer (George Eustice)

Both anglerfish and pollack in the Celtic Sea are Data Limited Stocks. However, scientific advice published by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) was used to inform the decision to rollover the total allowable catch (TAC) for Area 7 anglerfish and Area 7 pollack in 2018.

In the case of Area 7 anglerfish, advice was issued in 2016 for quotas in 2017 and 2018 and therefore the TAC for 2018 remained the same as in 2017.

For Area 7 pollack, ICES issued advice in 2017 for quotas in 2018, 2019 and 2020, however the advised tonnage is unchanged from the previous advice and therefore the TAC for 2018 remained the same as for 2017.

20 Dec 2017, 12:31 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to support smaller scale fleets in the UK by allocating fishing rights according to social and ecological criteria; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (George Eustice)

We have taken measures in recent years to improve the economic viability of the inshore fleet by awarding uplift quota to support the landing obligation, permanently realigning quota from Producer Organisations to the inshore fleet. We have also addressed latent capacity through a capping exercise to provide greater certainty to those actively fishing in the inshore fleet. We will continue to review our allocation policy to promote sustainable fishing.

12 Dec 2017, 12:04 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Capital Investment Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Autumn budget, what his Department's capital budget will be for (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21, and how that spending will be allocated.

Answer (George Eustice)

Following the announcements in the Autumn budget, the Department’s capital budgets and allocations are:

£m

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Ring-fenced: Flood Defences

450.4

490.0

459.0

Ring-fenced: Official Development Assistance

37.4

35.4

45.5

Other

166.2

100.9

85.5

Total

654.0

626.3

590.0

Allocation of the ‘other’ amounts is confirmed on an annual basis.

This mainly covers investment in our I.T systems to improve efficiency; renovating and developing our Estate to make it fit for purpose; and developing Kew’s facilities to preserve its status of world-leading botanic gardens.

Defra’s total capital spend in each of these three years will be higher than in both 2010/11 (£548m) and 2015/16 (£493m).

5 Dec 2017, 6:19 p.m. Plastics: Pollution Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the primary routes by which single-use plastics enter UK seas and rivers.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

A study in 2016 showed that of the estimated 12.2 million tonnes of plastic entering the global marine environment every year, 9.5 million tonnes (over 80%) came from land based sources. The report identified larger plastic litter, including single use plastics such as drinks bottles, and other types of plastic packaging as the main source of plastics entering the seas. Much of this plastic will have been washed into the seas down rivers. The conclusions of this report are consistent with the findings of UK marine litter monitoring supported by Defra.

The two reports can be found at:

http://www.eunomia.co.uk/reports-tools/plastics-in-the-marine-environment/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/marine-strategy-part-three-uk-programme-of-measures

5 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Insurance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses in the British Insurance Brokers’ Association’s new affordable flood insurance scheme.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The British Insurance Broker Association (BIBA) insurance product, launched in December 2016, provides flood insurance for small businesses that have struggled to access it to-date.

Since the scheme launched it continues to grow in line with BIBA’s expectations. With a balanced and sensible approach BIBA are now insuring over 150 businesses who have previously had problems accessing insurance.

The BIBA scheme also insures against the excess of a policy. This product has been taken up 1,100 times in the past 12 months. Its value was evidenced by last Wednesday’s flooding in Lancaster and Cumbria, where three claims have been reported so far for commercial properties, each with a £25,000 flood excess.

5 Dec 2017, 5:38 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of his Department's overall resource budget for years (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21, and how will that resource be allocated across different areas.

Answer (George Eustice)

Following the announcements in the Autumn budget, the Department’s resource budgets (excluding depreciation) and allocations are:

£m

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Ring-fenced: Official Development Assistance

42.7

45.9

n/a

Ring-fenced: Inshore Fisheries Conservation Areas

3.0

3.0

n/a

Ring-fenced: Air Quality Grant

2.0

2.0

n/a

Ring-fenced: Disallowance

58.5

45.0

n/a

Ring-fenced: Voluntary Exit Schemes

14.4

3.4

n/a

Other

1,420.2

1,384.4

n/a

Total

1,540.8

1,483.7

n/a

Allocation of the ‘other’ amounts is confirmed on an annual basis. Budgets beyond 2019/20 will be set under future Spending Reviews.

5 Dec 2017, 5:28 p.m. Floods: Insurance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of flood insurance for leasehold properties in blocks of four or more homes.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The government remains in close contact with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and BIBA, neither of whom has identified a significant problem for leasehold properties accessing flood insurance.

Government is aware that access to insurance remains an issue for a number of leasehold properties in blocks of four or more, where there is particularly high risk. We are following with interest a new service being provided by a BIBA broker which offers to formally vary leasehold agreements in order to give the leaseholder an express obligation to insure the structure of their property, thus allowing the leaseholder to access Flood Re.

In addition, the Government continues to work with commercial interests under the Property Level Resilience Roundtable to promote the uptake of measures that make properties, including leasehold properties, more resilient to flooding. Successes include a one-stop shop flood resilience website, demonstration properties in Cumbria and the development of a Code of Practice.

5 Dec 2017, 5:02 p.m. Waste Disposal Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) plastic bottles, (b) disposable coffee cups and (c) takeaway cartons he estimates will be thrown away between 1 December 2017 and 31 March 2018.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

We do not estimate how many plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups and takeaway cups will be thrown away.

4 Dec 2017, 7:04 p.m. Floods: Insurance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many home insurance policies have been affected by the Flood Re scheme.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

In its first year of operation Flood Re covered over 127,000 policies. Flood Re plans to publish figures on the last 6 months shortly.

Before the introduction of Flood Re, only 9% of householders who had made prior flood claims could get quotes from two or more insurers, with 0% being able to get quotes from five or more. By December 2016, 84% householders could get quotes from five or more insurers while 95% could get quotes from two or more. 80% householders with previous flood claims saw a reduction in the price of available quotes of more than 50% after the introduction of Flood Re.

4 Dec 2017, 5:51 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many staff his Department will employ by the time the UK leaves the EU, and what change there has been in that estimate since the last estimate made before June 2016.

Answer (George Eustice)

Over 80% of Defra’s agenda is affected by the UK’s departure from the European Union and as a result, many roles across the Defra group are now supporting EU exit-related work, either directly or indirectly. We continue to keep our resourcing plans under review, focusing both on recruitment and increasing the capability of new and existing staff.

Since June 2016, Defra has recruited over 550 additional staff to support our comprehensive programme of work to prepare for leaving the EU. The majority of these new staff are employed in the central department where they are working on a range of projects identified to enable a successful withdrawal from the EU.

30 Nov 2017, 4:40 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his Department's position at the December Fisheries Council that all fishing limits in 2018 should be set in line with scientific advice provided by ICES.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government supports setting fishing opportunities for 2018 in line with the maximum sustainable yield and based on the advice from ICES, wherever possible. However, we recognise the need for certain exceptions, such as the need for flexibility in mixed fisheries.

The setting of limits for individual fish stocks is determined by agreements at the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council. A list of stocks of relevance to the UK, and their agreed respective fishing limits, will be published in January.

30 Nov 2017, 4:40 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his Department’s position at the December Fisheries Council to set fishing limits for certain fish stocks above the scientific level advised by ICES; and whether his department will publish a list of those stocks and a justification for each stock level.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government supports setting fishing opportunities for 2018 in line with the maximum sustainable yield and based on the advice from ICES, wherever possible. However, we recognise the need for certain exceptions, such as the need for flexibility in mixed fisheries.

The setting of limits for individual fish stocks is determined by agreements at the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council. A list of stocks of relevance to the UK, and their agreed respective fishing limits, will be published in January.

13 Oct 2017, 3:02 p.m. Land Drainage Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in (a) increasing the number and (b) improving the quality of sustainable drainage systems installed.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government strengthened planning policy in April 2015 to make sure that sustainable drainage systems are provided in all new major developments, unless the developer can demonstrate that they are clearly inappropriate. This is in addition to existing requirements that sustainable drainage systems should be given priority in new developments in flood risk areas. Planning policy supported by guidance contains the necessary levers for local planning authorities to secure high quality sustainable drainage systems.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is leading a review to assess the effectiveness of planning policy in delivering sustainable drainage systems in new developments in England. DCLG will publish the results of the review in due course.

12 Oct 2017, 12:41 p.m. Flood Control Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the natural flood management funding schemes that have been implemented; and whether he plans to increase the budget for such schemes.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Defra funded demonstration pilots at Holnicote (Somerset), Pickering (North Yorkshire) and Upper Derwent (Derbyshire) that ran between 2009-2015, showed that natural flood management approaches can have a positive effect in catchments up to 100km2, through a measurable decrease in peak flood flow and height downstream. The pilots also showed that these approaches could be most effective when carefully incorporated alongside more traditional measures in catchments. This autumn, the Environment Agency (EA) is planning to publish an overview of the current evidence for natural flood management approaches in the form of a directory and a series of 65 case studies.

To build on this emerging evidence, this year, we have allocated £15 million to 58 natural flood management specific projects across England, which will help support communities that are at risk of flooding. The EA is managing the programme, and will monitor their impact. In addition, Defra Grant-in-Aid for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Capital projects are available for any project that meets the objectives of reducing flooding or erosion risk, based on the economic benefits and damages avoided. Payment rates are based on outcomes not methods used, an approach designed to avoid discriminating against any particular approach to reducing risk.

26 Sep 2017, 11:30 a.m. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK allocation from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has been (a) allocated and (b) spent.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Marine Management Organisation is the UK managing authority for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and has a UK position to the 30 June 2017, as follows:

a) EMFF funds allocated - £57.5 million (27.3% of the budget)

b) EMFF funds spent - £15.5 million (7.3% of the budget)

This information is collected quarterly from the four UK Intermediate Bodies. The next return is due on 30 September 2017.

12 Sep 2017, 4:44 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Government Assistance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in how many cases his Department has made offers of financial support which were subsequently withdrawn because it was found to be in breach of EU state aid rules; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (George Eustice)

There have been no instances where Defra has made offers of financial support which were subsequently withdrawn because it was found to be in breach of EU state aid rules in the last two years. Identifying possible cases of withdrawal from more than two years ago would entail disproportionate cost.