Canlyniadau 1–20 o 7775 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Benyon

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Côte d'Ivoire: Human Rights (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: We lobby for the protection of human rights directly with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and work closely with local civil society and human rights defenders, particularly on good governance issues, including media and civil society freedom, encouraging political reconciliation and stability, as well as the rights of women and girls. Côte d'Ivoire held municipal elections in September 2023...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: South Sudan: Human Rights (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: South Sudan is an FCDO human rights priority country. Media freedom and civic space remains limited, with journalists and human rights activists threatened, harassed, illegally arrested, and arbitrarily detained. Sub-national conflict continues to result in human rights abuses against civilians. At the UN Human Rights Council on 9 October 2023, the UK called on the South Sudanese Government...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Kenya: Malaria (20 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The UK is one of the largest contributors to the fight against malaria in Kenya. We have contributed £5.5 billion since 2002 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is procuring additional malaria commodities for Kenya, including distributing over ten million bed nets for malaria prevention. We support the recently announced rollout of malaria vaccines - which...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ethiopia: Humanitarian Aid (16 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The UK has been an overseas development assistance (ODA) donor to Ethiopia over the last four years. Our overall ODA allocations have been: £300 million in 2019-20, £254 million in 2020-21, £134 million in 2021-22 and £90 million in 2022-23. Since 2019, the UK has allocated over £400 million to tackle humanitarian crises in Ethiopia. UK funding has provided 950,000 Ethiopians with...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees: Conservation (15 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: Recovering nature is a priority for this Government, which is why we have set legally binding targets to halt and then reverse the decline in species abundance, reduce the risk of species extinction and restore or create more than 500,000 hectares of wildlife-rich habitats. Action under the Environmental Improvement Plan to deliver our biodiversity targets will address key pressures impacting...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: Genito-urinary Medicine (15 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The White Paper on International Development reaffirmed the UK's commitment to deploy policy and investment to advance and strongly defend universal access to comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in line with Sustainable Development Goal target 5.6. The UK Government is committed to driving progress and demonstrating leadership on SRHR globally as a major donor,...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: World Health Organization: Finance (14 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The UK provides the vast majority of funding to WHO as unearmarked flexible funding (£340 million in 2020-2024). Funding helps WHO deliver its General Programme of Work, supporting WHO reform and addressing UK global health priorities. This includes building resilient health systems around the world, especially in the poorest countries, and helping prevent and prepare for pandemics....

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Burundi: Rwanda (14 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: We strongly condemn violence perpetrated by all armed groups and are alarmed by the recent incursions into Burundi by the RED-Tabara armed group. We urge restraint on all sides and for all parties to work urgently towards de-escalation. The FCDO raised our concerns over the border closure with the Burundian Ambassador on 17 January. We encourage the Government of Burundi to take a measured...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Somalia: Politics and Government (14 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The Federal Government of Somalia's campaign to tackle al-Shabaab (AS) has made significant progress in the past 18 months, though challenges in recent months have slowed that progress. Tackling al-Shabaab is a top UK counter-terrorism priority and we commend Somali Security Forces for their ongoing efforts. For enduring progress, the international community must support the Somali-led...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sahel: Politics and Government (14 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The UK combines development, diplomatic and defence approaches to respond to the instability in the Sahel and meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Our priorities are responding to humanitarian needs, building resilience, and addressing the root causes of insecurity and poverty (including supporting democratic political transitions).  The UK does not work through military transition...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: My Lords, we are aware of the oversupply of petrochemicals in the global market, but this is a matter for industry to lead on. It is estimated that businesses which are members of the UK Plastics Pact have, on average, increased the recycling content of their packaging from 8.5% in 2018 to 24.1% in 2023. The Government will continue to readdress the balance through measures such as the...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The noble Baroness raises a very good point. Domestically, we are seeking to increase the supply of recycled plastics and reduce the demand, through regulation and tax, for virgin plastics, but we recognise that whatever we do domestically will not help to solve this global problem. That is why we are a founding member of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution. At the United...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: We are looking at all sorts of reforms to our measures. The plastic packaging tax increases with inflation and has gone up to £217 per tonne this year. We are continuing to look at extended producer responsibility reforms and to see whether the work that the noble Baroness has talked about has an application in terms of how we deliver these regulations.

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: On the deposit return scheme, we have a date for implementation of October 2025. Our social research found that 74% of respondents supported it and 83% of our consultation responses supported its implementation. We think that there are 3,000 to 4,000 jobs if we get this right. On the international agreement, as I said, the UK is a founder member of the high ambition coalition, we are driving...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: There are human health issues related to plastics pollution and huge environmental damage done. At a recent Ospar convention, I saw a fulmar having its guts opened up for us to look at, and you can see the plastics in its guts system and its gizzard. It just gives you an idea of how many thousands—millions, even—of birds around the world are dying because of plastics pollution. We need to...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: No, we want this to be a United Kingdom scheme. The noble Baroness will be aware of complications in Scotland, and we want to make sure that we are introducing this in conjunction, so that we do not have booze cruises from Scotland to England to buy drinks that will not fall within that scheme. We now think that we can work with this. In the context of the whole piece, with our plastics...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: Our restrictions on straws, stirrers and cotton buds have had a big impact. These items used to appear on the top-10 littered items lists but no longer do so. According to estimates in our impact assessment, England used 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion items of single-use cutlery per year, most of which were plastic but only 10% were recycled, so banning these items will have a...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: Absolutely. The Government’s 25-year environment plan sets out our ambition to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. The resources and waste strategy, which was published in 2018, sets out how we are going to achieve that ambition, mainly by creating precisely what the noble Baroness said—a circular economy. We are not the single repository of good ideas here so, if the noble...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: I do not want to rake over the Scottish National Party’s grief, but it sought to have a different scheme from the rest of the United Kingdom—for whatever reason we can only conjecture. It is important to have one system across the whole United Kingdom. Many businesses and individuals were fiercely opposed to what was proposed to be introduced in Scotland, and we are glad that the Scottish...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Benyon: The noble Lord will know that different local authorities have different ways of doing this. There are technologies now that can separate plastics and other recyclable waste, but one undoubtedly needs a separate receptacle for food and various other wastes. I do not see how our proposal would lead to seven different recycling bins; it would just not work in those circumstances.


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