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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the financial viability of the proposal to expand Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 15 June 2018

The Government and its advisers have undertaken considerable assurance work on the financial viability of Heathrow Airport Limited's scheme. Given the transformative nature of the scheme, there will inevitably be various risks and challenges that need to be addressed as the scheme design and regulatory framework are developed. The Government’s independent advice has concluded that, so far as can be assessed at this early stage of the process, in current market conditions Heathrow Airport Limited appears in principle to be able to finance expansion privately without Government support. This includes taking into consideration the effect of the UK leaving the European Union.

The Government is not publishing the financial assurance work that has been undertaken as it is based on and contains information provided in confidence, and to do so would prejudice commercial interests. Separately, the Civil Aviation Authority has published its own view that there are credible scenarios in which expansion can be financed and delivered affordably. This can be found online at:

(http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1658EconomicregulationofcapacityexpansionatHeathrow.pdf)

Grouped Questions: 152753
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish any assurance work undertaken by his Department on the financial viability of the proposal to expand Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 15 June 2018

The Government and its advisers have undertaken considerable assurance work on the financial viability of Heathrow Airport Limited's scheme. Given the transformative nature of the scheme, there will inevitably be various risks and challenges that need to be addressed as the scheme design and regulatory framework are developed. The Government’s independent advice has concluded that, so far as can be assessed at this early stage of the process, in current market conditions Heathrow Airport Limited appears in principle to be able to finance expansion privately without Government support. This includes taking into consideration the effect of the UK leaving the European Union.

The Government is not publishing the financial assurance work that has been undertaken as it is based on and contains information provided in confidence, and to do so would prejudice commercial interests. Separately, the Civil Aviation Authority has published its own view that there are credible scenarios in which expansion can be financed and delivered affordably. This can be found online at:

(http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1658EconomicregulationofcapacityexpansionatHeathrow.pdf)

Grouped Questions: 152752
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what policies the Government plans to adopt to ensure that expansion at Heathrow airport does not result in continued breaches of legal limits on air quality.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 15 June 2018

The Government believes that the Heathrow Northwest Runway scheme can be delivered without undermining the UK’s compliance with air quality limits, given the measures set out in the Government’s Air Quality Plan. The Government’s view has been informed by the air quality analysis of the Northwest Runway scheme, which was published in October 2017. It should be noted that this does not take into account scheme specific mitigations that any applicant could take forward to address its air quality impact.

The proposed Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) requires the applicant to consider an extensive range of air quality mitigation measures, potentially including an emissions-based access charge. Development consent will only be granted if the Secretary of State is satisfied that, with mitigations, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations on air quality.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the total financial liability to the Government of the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The Government is clear that the construction of the Northwest Runway at Heathrow will be financed entirely by the private sector. There is no financial liability to Government and no agreement with HAL that gives rise to a right to claim for damages, losses, liabilities, costs and/or expenses or any other relief.

The Government is also absolutely clear as to its responsibilities to Parliament when a liability or, indeed, a contingent liability is incurred. On 5 June, the Government laid before Parliament a Written Ministerial Statement and Departmental Minute that set out a contingent liability for statutory blight which will be incurred if the proposed Airports NPS is designated. The liability is contingent because the Government has rightly protected the tax payer by entering into a binding agreement with Heathrow Airport Limited whereby the airport assumes the financial liability for successful blight claims, if the scheme proceeds.

Grouped Questions: 152156
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the appropriate level of subsidy required to support connections to regional airports from an expanded Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The Government is clear that the expansion at Heathrow is not only an opportunity to protect and strengthen existing routes but to secure new domestic routes to the benefit of passengers and business across the UK. The Government expects that the majority of these routes will be viable commercially, as many are today, with support from Heathrow Airport. This support includes discounted charges for domestic passengers, and a £10 million Route Connectivity Fund.

The Government will also take action, where appropriate, to secure routes through the use of Public Service Obligations (PSOs). PSOs provide the opportunity to offer exclusive rights to airlines to operate a route. Where this does not deliver the required level of connectivity, the Government may also offer subsidies to an airline to operate the route, which includes exemption from Air Passenger Duty.

The Government’s approach to domestic connectivity will be set out in a Green Paper on the Aviation Strategy towards the end of this year, and the extent to which subsidies will be required can only be determined subject to market conditions nearer to the time of new capacity becoming operational.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with HM Treasury on the size of the financial contribution required by Government to support rail access schemes into an expanded Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The Secretary of State has regular discussions on a variety of matters with HM Treasury.

In line with the 2013 Aviation Policy Framework, and the proposed Airports National Policy Statement, where a surface transport scheme is not solely required to deliver airport capacity and has a wider range of beneficiaries, the Government, along with relevant stakeholders, will consider the need for a public funding contribution alongside an appropriate contribution from the airport on a case by case basis.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Transport
Regional Airports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many slots will be guaranteed for connections to regional airports in the UK as a result of the expansion of Heathrow airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The Secretary of State has a clear ambition for about 15 Per cent of slots made available from a new runway to be used for domestic routes. We expect that the majority of these routes will be commercially viable with support from Heathrow Airport Limited.

Government will also take action, where appropriate, to secure routes through the use of Public Service Obligations. This will include ring fencing appropriately timed slots. Further detail on the Government’s targets and commitments on domestic connectivity will be detailed in a Green Paper on the Aviation Strategy which will be published towards the end of 2018.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 June 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total liability to the public purse is of the proposal to expand Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The Government is clear that the construction of the Northwest Runway at Heathrow will be financed entirely by the private sector. There is no financial liability to Government and no agreement with HAL that gives rise to a right to claim for damages, losses, liabilities, costs and/or expenses or any other relief.

The Government is also absolutely clear as to its responsibilities to Parliament when a liability or, indeed, a contingent liability is incurred. On 5 June, the Government laid before Parliament a Written Ministerial Statement and Departmental Minute that set out a contingent liability for statutory blight which will be incurred if the proposed Airports NPS is designated. The liability is contingent because the Government has rightly protected the tax payer by entering into a binding agreement with Heathrow Airport Limited whereby the airport assumes the financial liability for successful blight claims, if the scheme proceeds.

Grouped Questions: 152152
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 136780, on British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas, which Blue Belt programme activities those payments of Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science staff salaries were associated with in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 02 May 2018

Under the Blue Belt initiative in 2016/17, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) provided advice on marine resources and their current management; undertook baseline assessment and gap analysis of each of the Overseas Territories (OT) to determine their marine management status and future needs. Cefas also procured a deep-water camera system to provide data for baselining and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas, including evaluating the impacts of fishing gear on habitats.

In 2017/18, Cefas assisted the Tristan da Cunha Government with the planning and implementation of a marine protection strategy including an extensive programme of work to help the OT sustainably manage existing and developing fisheries, supporting the local economy. In collaboration with British Antarctic Survey and the OT Governments, Cefas planned and implemented scientific surveys in Tristan and St Helena maritime areas. Cefas also instigated tagging programmes for commercially exploited tuna and grouper species in the St Helena waters, which are providing valuable data on the ecology of these species. Cefas has recently undertaken a camera survey of the South Georgia MPA to investigate the impact of longline fishing gear on the marine ecosystem. Cefas assisted the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration in developing a detailed marine management plan for the existing MPA. Cefas has also providing training to staff from Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha and St Helena and procured safety equipment for staff and vessels working in the Tristan and St Helena maritime zones.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 136780, on British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas, which Blue Belt programme activities those payments of Marine Management Organisation staff salaries were associated with in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 02 May 2018

Under the Blue Belt initiative during 2016-2017, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) staffing costs were primarily focused on initial programme development and assessment of Overseas Territory (OT) needs. The MMO undertook assessment of the effectiveness of satellite surveillance trials across the relevant OT, undertook a baseline assessment of new and innovative technologies to complement maritime enforcement and provided legal drafting support to St Helena Government.

During 2017-2018, MMO established a central compliance and enforcement intelligence hub in the UK's National Maritime Information Centre to develop risk analysis profiles for each of the relevant OTs and provide technical support to OTs in monitoring incursions in their waters. The MMO supported the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands in developing a clearer fisheries compliance framework; comprehensive compliance and enforcement training to the British Indian Ocean Territory and supported enforcement patrols in Tristan da Cunha and Ascension.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the funding for the UK Overseas Territories Blue Belt programme was spent on staff salaries in (a) the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, (b) the Marine Management Organisation and (c) UK Overseas Territory governments in (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 24 April 2018

During 2016-17 and 2017-18 the amount spent on staff salaries within Cefas was £153,000 and £578,000 respectively and in the Marine Management Organisation was £57,000 and £307,000 respectively in line with the support and advisory roles they provide. Within UK Overseas Territory Governments, salaries were £50,259 in 2016-17 and £109,148.81 in 2017-18.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding from the UK Overseas Territories Blue Belt programme was transferred directly to each of the Overseas Territory governments to spend on their local marine conservation priorities in (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 24 April 2018

​The Overseas Territory Governments which received direct funding from the Blue Belt Programme were the Ascension Island Government (£300,000 in both 2016-17 and 2017-18), British Indian Ocean Territory Administration (£725,000 in 2017-18 to part fund a maritime patrol vessel), St Helena Government (£39,500 in 2017-18), Tristan Da Cunha Government (£140,000 in 2017-18) and the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (£52,500 in 2017-18). In both periods, up to £500,000 per year was available to all Territories through the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (also known as Darwin Plus) for bespoke marine projects.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on how many (a) turtles, (b) sharks and (c) seabirds were killed as a result of activities funded by the UK Overseas Territories Blue Belt programme in (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 24 April 2018

All scientific surveys undertaken through the Blue Belt programme are designed in line with international best practice. There were no incidental mortalities of turtle or seabird species as a result of the scientific surveys undertaken through the Blue Belt programme in either 2016-17 or 2017-18. Where possible all sharks are released alive during surveys, but in 2017-18 seven sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) were killed through depredation by other species during surveys in Tristan da Cunha.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of by-catch was caught by activities funded by the UK Overseas Territories Blue Belt programme in each of the participating Overseas Territories in (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 24 April 2018

All scientific surveys undertaken through the Blue Belt programme are designed in line with international best practice, and undertake consideration of all potential impacts together with mitigation measures to limit such impacts, pre-deployment. There was no by-catch in 2016-17. During the 2017-18 fish stock assessment and tagging research, undertaken at the request of the Government of Tristan Da Cunha, specific gear was employed which limited the incidental mortality of non-target species but seven sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) were killed through depredation by other species.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many International Union for Conservation of Nature red-listed species were killed as a result of activities funded by the UK Overseas Territories Blue Belt programme in each of the participating Overseas Territories in (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 24 April 2018

All scientific surveys undertaken through the Blue Belt programme are designed in line with international best practice, particularly in terms of seabird mortality mitigation measures. No International Union for Conservation of Nature red-listed species were killed or injured when undertaking scientific surveys during 2016-17 or 2017-18.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 26 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare: Litter
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) injuries and (b) deaths caused to (i) farmed animals and (ii) wild animals by (A) plastic and (B) other forms of litter.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 29 March 2018

Defra does not hold information on the number of injuries and deaths caused to farmed and wild animals by plastic and other forms of litter. However, we do know that plastic can cause injuries and death and that is why we are taking action to reduce plastic pollution.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2018 to Question 132299 on Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges, whether retailers are obliged to redistribute all of the revenue they raise from the 5p carrier bag charge to good causes; and if he will take steps to ensure that all of the £94.8 million raised so far by the ten largest retailers is redistributed for such purposes.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 26 March 2018

As this is not a tax, the UK Government does not determine where the proceeds of the charge are redistributed. We expect retailers to donate the proceeds of the charge (after deducting VAT and reasonable costs) to good causes such as charities or community groups. The costs of the bags themselves cannot be deducted from the revenue.

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 is due for review before 5 October 2020, which will require an assessment of cost and benefits. Any changes to amend the policy ahead of this timeframe will be considered as part of the Government’s forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Solar Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to consult on post-feed-in tariff policy support for solar power; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 19 March 2018

The Feed-in Tariff scheme remains open and provides an incentive for businesses to invest in generating renewable electricity, including solar power.

We are considering options for small-scale low carbon generation beyond 2019, and a consultation on the Feed-in Tariff scheme will be published in due course.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that retailers pass on the full cost of the five pence charge for plastic carrier bags.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 March 2018

Since the introduction of the five pence plastic bag levy, our data indicates that the ten largest retailers in England have raised around £94.8 million in net proceeds and that approximately £74.4 million towards a variety of good causes covering the arts, education, environment, health, heritage and sports as well as local causes chosen by customers or staff.

The regulation does not specify to record where the proceeds of the charge are distributed. Retailers are, however, expected and have been encouraged by Ministers to donate the proceeds to good causes such as charities or community groups.

Defra publishes records supplied in accordance with the regulation by 31st July each reporting year on GOV. UK.

Grouped Questions: 132295 | 132299
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money has been raised by the five pence plastic bag levy from each of the ten largest retailers since that policy was introduced.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 March 2018

Since the introduction of the five pence plastic bag levy, our data indicates that the ten largest retailers in England have raised around £94.8 million in net proceeds and that approximately £74.4 million towards a variety of good causes covering the arts, education, environment, health, heritage and sports as well as local causes chosen by customers or staff.

The regulation does not specify to record where the proceeds of the charge are distributed. Retailers are, however, expected and have been encouraged by Ministers to donate the proceeds to good causes such as charities or community groups.

Defra publishes records supplied in accordance with the regulation by 31st July each reporting year on GOV. UK.

Grouped Questions: 132294 | 132299
Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of the revenue raised by the five pence plastic bag levy has been allocated to good causes by each of the ten largest retailers since the introduction of the policy.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 19 March 2018

Since the introduction of the five pence plastic bag levy, our data indicates that the ten largest retailers in England have raised around £94.8 million in net proceeds and that approximately £74.4 million towards a variety of good causes covering the arts, education, environment, health, heritage and sports as well as local causes chosen by customers or staff.

The regulation does not specify to record where the proceeds of the charge are distributed. Retailers are, however, expected and have been encouraged by Ministers to donate the proceeds to good causes such as charities or community groups.

Defra publishes records supplied in accordance with the regulation by 31st July each reporting year on GOV. UK.

Grouped Questions: 132294 | 132295
Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Storage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on the levels of business rates levied on properties used for onsite battery storage; and what assessment he has made of the effect of those levels of business rates on the battery storage sector.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 15 March 2018

The Valuation Office Agency, an agency of HM Revenue and Customs, is responsible for assessing the rateable value of onsite battery storage. The Agency is currently speaking to the storage industry to understand how to value energy storage facilities for business rates purposes. The Agency has also requested information from industry on completed and planned battery storage schemes to assist with this work.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hezbollah: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of terrorist activity supported by and carried out by Hezbollah.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 February 2018

We are deeply concerned by Hizballah's involvement in terrorist activity in the Middle East and beyond. We condemn the threat this poses to regional security and stability. We also condemn Hizballah's military support for Asad's brutality in Syria.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hezbollah
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of ongoing UK dialogue with Hezbollah on that organisation’s stance on terrorism.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 February 2018

​There is no ongoing UK dialogue with Hizballah, with whom the UK maintains a no contact policy.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of complaints by victims and alleged victims of John Worboys which were subsequently marked as cleared up for the purposes of her Department's counting rules.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125489 | 125490 | 125491 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of complaints made by victims and alleged victims of John Worboys which were subsequently deemed to have been taken into consideration.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125490 | 125491 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of victims and alleged victims of John Worboys who were subsequently told that their complaint had been marked as cleared up.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125489 | 125491 | 125789
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of victims and alleged victims of John Worboys who were told that if their complaint was deemed to be cleared up and the subject of no further action that there could be no further reinvestigation of that complaint.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125489 | 125490 | 125789
Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
John Worboys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the complaints made about John Worboys were subsequently deemed to have been Not Detected; and whether it is permissible for such complaints to be be reinvestigated at a future date.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 02 February 2018

The investigation of offences is an operational matter for the police. In the case of alleged offences already reported to the police which did not meet the evidential threshold for prosecution, the police may decide to resume investigations where new evidence comes to light.

Grouped Questions: 125488 | 125489 | 125490 | 125491
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Lyme Disease: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer to Question 105278 on Lyme Disease: Vaccination, when he will publish the four systematic reviews commissioned by the Government into the evidence on Lyme Disease.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 29 January 2018

The Department has commissioned four independent systematic reviews of all relevant literature on the diagnosis, treatment, transmission and prevention of Lyme disease.

The four systematic reviews have been completed and peer reviewed. The reviews were undertaken by the Evidence for Policy and Practice and Co-ordinating Centre and were published on its website on 21 December 2017. Patient advocacy groups involved in the review have been notified that these are in the public domain.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Israel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cooperation programmes his Department has with the Government of Israel for research and trade in the agricultural sector and what assessment he has made of the potential for future collaboration in that sector after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 17 January 2018

The UK, as part of the EU, is currently a member of around 40 EU trade agreements covering over 55 countries; one such country is Israel. After leaving the EU, the UK will be able to implement an independent trade policy. This would make it possible to revisit and improve existing agreements where appropriate.

Defra does not currently cooperate on agricultural research programmes with Israel bilaterally. We do cooperate with Israel through multilateral research programmes such as the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium on Animal Health and we intend to continue to do so after we have left the EU.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Night Flying
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of imposing an eight hour night flight ban at Heathrow Airport; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Following consultation, in October 2017, the Government implemented a new five-year night flight regime at Heathrow, which will end in October 2022. This regime limits the number of scheduled movements to an average of sixteen per night for a six and a half hour night period.

The revised draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) sets out the Government’s expectation for a six and a half hour ban on scheduled night flights at an expanded Heathrow. Should the revised draft Airports NPS be designated, consideration of any ban, including timings, would be subject to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Balanced Approach to noise management, including consultation with local communities and other interested parties.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a legally binding noise envelope at Heathrow Airport; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The revised draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) makes clear that any noise envelope at an expanded Heathrow should be tailored to local priorities and include clear noise performance targets. If the revised draft Airports NPS is designated, the design of any noise envelope would be defined in consultation with local communities and relevant stakeholders.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will assess the potential merits of changing the boundaries at which communities affected by aircraft noise receive compensation.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Following its recent Airspace Policy consultation, the Department implemented changes to its policy on compensation for communities affected by noise as a result of airspace change. The Government will undertake additional consideration of this issue through the new aviation strategy it is currently developing.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Heathrow Airport on potential boundary changes to its Quieter Homes scheme.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

There have been no discussions between the Department for Transport and Heathrow Airport on potential changes to Heathrow’s Quieter Homes scheme.

Whilst the Government sets the guidelines on when it expect airport operators to provide compensation to local communities, decision on how to apply the guidance are for the airport itself.

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(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on air quality of the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government believes that the Heathrow Northwest Runway scheme can be delivered without impacting on the UK’s compliance with air quality limit values, given the measures set out in the Government’s air quality plan, and with a suitable package of mitigation measures taken forward by the promoter.

Should the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement be designated, then it would be for the promoter to undertake a detailed assessment of the air quality impacts of the scheme, including during construction, and put forward to the Planning Inspectorate an appropriate package of mitigations that address air quality impacts and demonstrate compliance with air quality obligations.

In order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State would need to be satisfied that, with mitigation, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on air quality of the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government believes that the Heathrow Northwest Runway scheme can be delivered without impacting on the UK’s compliance with air quality limit values, given the measures set out in the Government’s air quality plan, and with a suitable package of mitigation measures taken forward by the promoter.

Should the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement be designated, then it would be for the promoter to undertake a detailed assessment of the air quality impacts of the scheme, including during construction, and put forward to the Planning Inspectorate an appropriate package of mitigations that address air quality impacts and demonstrate compliance with air quality obligations.

In order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State would need to be satisfied that, with mitigation, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proposals he plans to put in place to mitigate the negative air quality effects of a third runway at Heathrow.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Should the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement be designated, then it would be for the promoter to undertake a detailed assessment of the air quality impacts of the scheme and put forward to the Planning Inspectorate an appropriate package of mitigations that address air quality impacts and demonstrate compliance with air quality obligations.

The precise package of mitigation measures would be subject to consultation with local communities to ensure that the most effective measures are taken forward.

Furthermore, in order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State would need to be satisfied that, with mitigation, the scheme would be compliant with legal obligations.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the measures required to keep aviation CO2 emissions to 37.5MegaTonnes in line with the modelling in the 4th and 5th carbon budgets.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government remains open to considering all feasible measures to ensure that the aviation sector contributes fairly to UK emissions reductions, and is committed to meeting its emissions reduction targets under the Climate Change Act.

There are a range of measures available to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, including biofuels, airspace reform and improvements in technology.

As mentioned in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK.

The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 December 2017
Department for Transport
Aviation: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which measures in addition to those set out in the Clean Growth Strategy will be required to keep aviation emissions to 37.5 MegaTonnes.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Government remains open to considering all feasible measures to ensure that the aviation sector contributes fairly to UK emissions reductions, and is committed to meeting its emissions reduction targets under the Climate Change Act.

There are a range of measures available to reduce carbon emissions from aviation, including biofuels, airspace reform and improvements in technology.

As mentioned in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK.

The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the sensitivity analysis which sets out the emissions reductions by each sector of the economy.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 January 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy publishes annual updated energy and emissions projections, which project future energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. These include projections of emissions reductions by sector, and sensitivity to fossil fuel prices and economic growth.

The 2017 energy and emissions projections are the most recent published projections, and were published on Jan 2nd 2018. They are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2017

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aviation: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 85 of the Government's Clean Growth Strategy, what estimate he has made of the actual and projected emissions for the aviation sector for (a) 2030, (b) 2040 and (c) 2050; and what estimate he has made of the required level of aviation emissions if emissions from from transport need to be as low as 3 Mt by 2050.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 January 2018

Latest BEIS data shows that carbon dioxide emissions from UK departing flights in 2015 were 34.5 Mt. DfT’s October 2017 aviation forecasts give CO2 emissions from UK departing flights of between 36.6 and 45.7Mt in 2030; between 36.3 and 45.1Mt in 2040; and between 35.0 and 44.3Mt in 2050, depending on demand scenario and airport capacity options.

The Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK. The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.

The 3 Mt figure quoted from page 85 of the Clean Growth Strategy concerns emissions from transport not including domestic or international aviation and shipping.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plants: Sales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with UK retailers on the sale of plants grown with neonicotinoid pesticides; and if he will issue guidance to retailers not to sell plants grown with those pesticides.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 15 December 2017

The Government remains of the view that decisions on the use of pesticides should be based on a careful scientific assessment of the risks. Pesticides that carry unacceptable risks to pollinators should not be authorised.

Three neonicotinoids are currently subject to restrictions which normally prohibit their use on a number of crops. The UK has fully implemented these restrictions. We have also said that we support further restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides based on an assessment of the evidence, including that they may have an impact on soils.

Currently, ornamental plants can be treated with neonicotinoids if the plant is grown in a greenhouse, is treated after flowering, or doesn’t flower until the year after treatment.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 06 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Solar Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much solar energy has been deployed subsidy-free by (a) capacity and (b) project numbers since the closure of the Renewables Obligation in March 2017.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 11 December 2017

We are aware of one solar farm, Clayhill Solar Farm located in Milton Keynes, which has been deployed subsidy free with an installed capacity of 10MW. We are unaware of any others that are currently operational at this time.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Solar Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set out the evidence base and analysis underpinning his Department's position that solar energy no longer requires public support and can be deployed without subsidy.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 11 December 2017

Solar energy continues to receive public support through the Renewables Obligation and the Feed-in-Tariffs.

However, government support has helped to reduce the cost of solar cells by 80% since 20081, and there is at least one project that has deployed without subsidy (Clayhill Solar Farm, Milton Keynes2).

  1. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (2016) Summit Keynote Presentation http://www.bbhub.io/bnef/sites/4/2016/04/BNEF-Summit-Keynote-2016.pdf
  2. The Clean Growth Strategy (Page 98), https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651916/BEIS_The_Clean_Growth_online_12.10.17.pdf
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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 06 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Solar Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2017 to Question 116097 on solar power, what information his Department holds on the project financing of the subsidy-free solar farm referred to in that answer.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 11 December 2017

The solar farm in question is Clayhill, located in Milton Keynes. Information regarding sources of revenues for this solar farm is not held by the Department.

Furthermore, we can confirm that the Clayhill solar farm is not eligible for, nor is it in receipt of financial support through, any government scheme that provides support for renewable energy.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Biofuels
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the 36 per cent increase in the use of bioenergy envisaged in the Clean Growth Strategy the Government plans will come from woody biomass.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 11 December 2017

The modelling used to derive the changes in annual final energy consumption in 2032, relative to the existing policies scenario did not differentiate between different types of biomass fuels. The figure in Table 11 of the Clean Growth Strategy can be taken to represent a mixture of biogenic fuels, including woody biomass, waste and other sources.

Q
Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Solar Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Local Enterprise Partnerships' local energy strategies funded by his Department have evaluated the potential for solar power in their areas.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 04 December 2017

BEIS has offered funding to help all 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England develop energy strategies. A first phase of funding was offered to thirteen LEPs in March 2017, and funding was offered to the remaining 25 LEPs in September 2017.

BEIS is enabling local areas to develop energy strategies, linked with the forthcoming Local Industrial Strategies, to reflect the needs, opportunities and barriers within the local area. Some LEP areas have chosen to work together on a joint strategy. Strategies are expected to consider the full range of energy opportunities and challenges in the local area, including the potential for renewable heat and power generation, demand side management and transport infrastructure.

No energy strategies have been completed yet. The first phase energy strategies are expected by the end of March 2018, and the second phase are expected in summer 2018.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Solar Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on supporting solar power.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 04 December 2017

As outlined in the Clean Growth Strategy, the costs of low carbon technologies have fallen significantly since 2010 through a series of innovations and growth in deployment, with solar photovoltaics (PV) modules now almost 80 per cent cheaper than they were, meaning we are now beginning to see solar deploying in the UK without government support.

Solar PV projects continue to benefit from support provided under various government schemes in the UK. Although the Renewables Obligation scheme closed to new solar PV applicants on 1st April 2016, the Feed-in-Tariff remains open to new solar PV projects.

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Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)
[N]
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Asked on: 28 November 2017
HM Treasury
Solar Power: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the solar power industry on how rooftop solar power is treated in business rates.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 01 December 2017

The Treasury receives a range of representations on various issues including business rates as part of the policy making process.

Business rates are based on valuations from the Valuation Office Agency and the Government does not intervene in their independent assessments. The Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (England) Regulations 2000 set out when plant and machinery, including solar panels, are rateable.

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