Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

COVID-19 and food supply: MPs to question Secretary of State

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 1:03pm

Likely topics for discussion include measures taken to minimise and discourage panic-buying, the provision of food to households in self-isolation, and how those currently relying on food banks will be supported during the pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • Likely topics for discussion include measures taken to minimise and discourage panic-buying, the provision of food to households in self-isolation, and how those currently relying on food banks will be supported during the pandemic.
  • The Committee will also hear evidence on the impact of the outbreak on the hospitality industry, and its long-term effect on the food supply chain.
  • The Committee will then question the Secretary of State, considering food supply in relation to coronavirus, as well as other current issues facing DEFRA such as the response to the winter floods.
  • The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

COVID-19 and food supply: MPs to question Secretary of State

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 1:03pm

Likely topics for discussion include measures taken to minimise and discourage panic-buying, the provision of food to households in self-isolation, and how those currently relying on food banks will be supported during the pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • Likely topics for discussion include measures taken to minimise and discourage panic-buying, the provision of food to households in self-isolation, and how those currently relying on food banks will be supported during the pandemic.
  • The Committee will also hear evidence on the impact of the outbreak on the hospitality industry, and its long-term effect on the food supply chain.
  • The Committee will then question the Secretary of State, considering food supply in relation to coronavirus, as well as other current issues facing DEFRA such as the response to the winter floods.
  • The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Autumn and winter floods, 2019-20

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:03am

House of Commons Library

Key Points: 
  • House of Commons Library

    This is a House of Commons Library briefing paper on the serious flooding that occurred in the UK during the autumn and winter of 2019-20.

  • In the autumn and winter of 2019-20, heavy rainfall and storms led to flooding in various parts of the UK.
  • The Environment Agency said in March 2020 that 127,000 properties had been protected by flood defences over the course of the winter.
  • This paper provides an outline of the flood events in the autumn and winter of 2019-20 in the context of earlier extreme weather, and refers to some initial assessments of the impact of the flooding.

Lords examines Fisheries Bill

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 1:02pm

The Fisheries Billstarts itscommittee stage, the first chance for line by line examination, in the Lords on Monday 2 March.

Key Points: 
  • The Fisheries Billstarts itscommittee stage, the first chance for line by line examination, in the Lords on Monday 2 March.
  • Members are expected to discuss subjects including:
    legal duty on public authorities to achieve fisheries objectives.
  • Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.
  • protect the UK's marine environment by extending the powers of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Scottish and Welsh ministers.

Environment Secretary makes statement on flooding

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:02am

George Eustice MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Foodand Rural Affairs updated the House on the recent flooding in the UK.

Key Points: 
  • George Eustice MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Foodand Rural Affairs updated the House on the recent flooding in the UK.
  • 18 river gages across 15 rivers recorded the highest levels of wateron record, triggered by the two storms.
  • Over 1,000 Environment Agency staff per day have been deployed, with the assistance of around 80 military personnel.
  • He also thanked the emergency services, the Environment Agency, local councils and volunteers.

Environment Secretary makes statement on flooding

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:02am

George Eustice MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Foodand Rural Affairs updated the House on the recent flooding in the UK.

Key Points: 
  • George Eustice MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Foodand Rural Affairs updated the House on the recent flooding in the UK.
  • 18 river gages across 15 rivers recorded the highest levels of wateron record, triggered by the two storms.
  • Over 1,000 Environment Agency staff per day have been deployed, with the assistance of around 80 military personnel.
  • He also thanked the emergency services, the Environment Agency, local councils and volunteers.

Lords debates Fisheries Bill

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:02am

Members of the Lords will discuss the key principles and purpose of the Fisheries Bill during second reading on Tuesday 11 February.

Key Points: 
  • Members of the Lords will discuss the key principles and purpose of the Fisheries Bill during second reading on Tuesday 11 February.
  • Speakers expected to take part include a member of the ClientEarth Development Committee and a trustee of Seafarers UK.
  • Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is expected to open the debate on the bill and respond on behalf of the government.
  • protect the UK's marine environment by extending the powers of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Scottish and Welsh Ministers.

General licences for controlling wild birds

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 3:03pm

House of Commons Library

Key Points: 
  • House of Commons Library

    This paper provides an overview of the general licence system for controlling wild birds in England, following media attention given to the revocation of three licences in April 2019.

  • Wild birds are protected under UK law, but licences may be issued which allow lethal control to be used in certain conditions for particular statutory purposes.
  • Since the 1990s, general licences have been issued which allow authorised persons to exercise lethal control on a number of wild bird species without the need to apply for specific licences.
  • In April 2019, Natural England announced that three general licences for the control of wild birds would be revoked.

Defra's no deal Brexit preparations: Minister to give evidence

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:08pm

Wednesday 16 October in Committee Room, Palace of Westminster

Key Points: 
  • Wednesday 16 October in Committee Room, Palace of Westminster
    The Committee has an ongoing inquiry examining the UKs preparations for a 'no deal' Brexit and the impact this may have on energy and the environment.
  • On 11 September, the Government published its no deal Yellowhammer planning assumptions.
  • Without a deal currently in place as the UK departure date gets closer, the Committee will ask the Minister how Defra plans to meet the challenges of a 'no deal' exit.
  • The impact of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Bills not being made into law before the 31 October.

Defra's no deal Brexit preparations: Minister to give evidence

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:08pm

Wednesday 16 October in Committee Room, Palace of Westminster

Key Points: 
  • Wednesday 16 October in Committee Room, Palace of Westminster
    The Committee has an ongoing inquiry examining the UKs preparations for a 'no deal' Brexit and the impact this may have on energy and the environment.
  • On 11 September, the Government published its no deal Yellowhammer planning assumptions.
  • Without a deal currently in place as the UK departure date gets closer, the Committee will ask the Minister how Defra plans to meet the challenges of a 'no deal' exit.
  • The impact of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Bills not being made into law before the 31 October.