Written statements

Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

Written statements are published below shortly after receipt in Parliament. They also reproduced in the next edition of the Daily Report and of Hansard in the relevant House.

Written statements made before 17 November 2014 were published only in Hansard:

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Monday 24 June 2019

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Made on: 24 June 2019
Made by: Dr Thérèse Coffey (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment )

2. June EU Environment Council

The next EU Environment Council will take place on 26 June, in Luxembourg. I will be attending to represent the UK.

On environment items, the main legislative focus will be a general approach on the Regulation on water–reuse. In addition, there will also be an exchange of views on the Environment Implementation Review (EIR), as well as the adoption of Council Conclusions on a sustainable EU Chemicals Policy.

Any other business (AOB) will include information from the Commission and the Presidency on four items:

  • Clean Planet for all: Strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy (information from the Presidency);
  • A discussion on current legislative proposals (information from the Presidency):
    • A discussion on Regulation on LIFE; and
    • A discussion on Shipping monitoring, reporting and verification.
  • Reports on main recent international meetings (information from the Presidency and the Commission):
    • Triple Conference of the Parties to the Basel (COP 14), Rotterdam (COP 9) and Stockholm (COP 9) Conventions (Geneva, 29 April – 10 May 2019); and
    • Fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) (Nairobi, 11 - 15 March 2019).
  • Communication on the draft integrated national energy and climate plans (presentation by the Commission).

There are currently five member state led AOBs:

  • Workshop on the “Future Environment Action Programme” (information from the Austrian delegation);
  • Possible European measures to support clean mobility and in particular, electromobility (information from the Bulgarian delegation);
  • Conference on carbon pricing and aviation taxes (information from the Netherlands delegation);
  • G7 Environment Ministers’ meeting (information from the French delegation); and
  • Work programme of the incoming Presidency (information from the Finnish delegation).
Department for Transport
Made on: 24 June 2019
Made by: Ms Nusrat Ghani (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)

3. High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill, Statement of Reasons

I am today publishing the Statement of Reasons Command Paper for the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill. The Command Paper is titled the ‘Government overview of the case for HS2 Phase 2a and its environmental impacts’. This is required by Parliamentary Standing Order 224A to assist the House during the third reading of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill. This document summarises the work that has already been done to assess, control and mitigate the environmental impacts of HS2 Phase 2a, and explains why the government continues to take the view that the HS2 Phase 2a project is worthy of its support.

Copies of the Statement of Reasons will be made available in the libraries of both Houses.

HS2 (PDF Document, 1.84 MB)
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