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Written Question
Pets: Travel
24 Feb 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made with the European Commission in securing Part 1 listed status for pet travel between the UK and the EU.

Answered by Victoria Prentis

The Department previously submitted an application to the European Commission to become a 'Part 1' listed third country in relation to non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets. On 3 December 2020 the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed of the EU voted in favour of, and has now adopted, the UK as a ‘Part 2’ listed status third country for the non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets.

We are clear we meet all the animal health requirements to become a Part 1 listed third country and have one of the most rigorous pet checking regimes in Europe to protect our biosecurity. Our disease risk has not changed, and we recognise the challenges that Part 2 listed status poses for those travelling with pets and assistance dogs. We have reiterated this, and will continue to press the EU Commission on securing Part 1 listed status, alongside securing recognised tapeworm free status from the EU.


Written Question
Fisheries
13 Apr 2018

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK fishing industry of remaining under EU fishing regulations during a transitional deal.

Answered by George Eustice

The government considers that the main effect on the fishing industry of being subject to the Implementation Period is that the opportunity to change our approach to managing fishing resources within our Exclusive Economic Zone is delayed until the end of 2020. During the Implementation Period the UK's current share of quotas will not change.


Written Question
Fisheries
13 Apr 2018

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK fishing industry of that industry remaining under EU fishing regulations during the transitional period after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by George Eustice

The government considers that the main effect on the fishing industry of being subject to the Implementation Period is that the opportunity to change our approach to managing fishing resources within our Exclusive Economic Zone is delayed until the end of 2020. During the Implementation Period the UK's current share of quotas will not change.


Written Question
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what instructions have been given to staff in her Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, in considering whether to apply the exemptions in section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Answered by George Eustice

No guidance has been issued to staff in my Department on the application of Guidance No.19 produced by the Information Commissioner's Office concerning section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act. The Ministry of Justice has published guidance on the use of this exemption:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/foi-guidance-for-practitioners/exemptions-guidance.


Written Question
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the physical or mental health of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by George Eustice

The Ministry of Justice has published information on the number of occasions that Defra has applied the exemption in Section 38(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the last 5 years. This is available in table 10 of the annual reports:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423487/foi-statistics-oct-dec-2014-annual.pdf

Defra does not hold figures on the use of sections 38(1) (a) and (b) individually.


Written Question
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions her Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the safety of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by George Eustice

The Ministry of Justice has published information on the number of occasions that Defra has applied the exemption in Section 38(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the last 5 years. This is available in table 10 of the annual reports:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423487/foi-statistics-oct-dec-2014-annual.pdf

Defra does not hold figures on the use of sections 38(1) (a) and (b) individually.