Canlyniadau 1–20 o 448 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Douglas-Miller

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Supply: Devon (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The Guaranteed Standards Scheme sets minimum statutory standards of service for customers of water and sewerage companies, and where a company fails to meet any of these standards it is required to make a specified payment to the affected customer. Several companies also offer enhanced Customer Services Promises in addition to the statutory requirements, including compensation payments for...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Drinking Water and Sewage: Standards (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: It is important not to conflate the quality of raw water and drinking water. Drinking water quality in England is of an exceptionally high standard and among the best in the world. Compliance with drinking water quality standards has been consistently high for a number of years, with a rate of 99.97% in 2022. The Government published the Plan for Water in April 2023 – our comprehensive...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Agency: Standards (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: DEFRA works closely with the Environment Agency to ensure it is equipped to carry out its functions effectively and deliver for the public and the environment. The EA is accountable to Parliament via the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. As the principal sponsor of EA, DEFRA works closely with EA officials at every level to provide constructive challenge and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Salmon: Rivers (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The assessment of salmon stocks in rivers at a national scale is undertaken by the Environment Agency through a combination of rod catches, automated fish counters and juvenile monitoring programmes. The focus for salmon stock assessment is focused on the 42 designated principal salmon rivers in England, many of which have significant salmon fisheries still in existence. The River Ure and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Salmon: River Ure (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The Environment Agency wishes to work constructively with both River Ure salmon fishing interests and other interested collaborative partner organisations in developing a well thought out salmon restoration plan for the River Ure that takes account of the need for habitat restoration in combination with a suitably approved hatchery scheme to support salmon population recovery. This is despite...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Salmon: River Ure (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The Environment Agency (EA) gave a time limited approval to the development of a River Ure salmon stocking programme in 2012. Subsequently, the EA reviewed the international scientific evidence on the risks of salmon stocking and revised its guidance for stocking schemes. This revised guidance should be followed to minimise the risks associated with salmon stocking. The EA is currently...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Quality Grant Scheme (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The Government keeps new studies on health impacts of air pollution under review and is advised by the Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). The Minister used his discretion not to fund the Local Air Quality Grant Scheme for the 2023-2024 financial year. He has asked Defra officials to consider the future of the scheme and how it might be redesigned to better deliver...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Quality Grant Scheme (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: An impact assessment on public health was not carried out before withdrawing the Air Quality Grant Scheme for 2023-2024. The Minister used his discretion not to fund the Local Air Quality Grant Scheme for the 2023-2024 financial year. He has asked Defra officials to consider the future of the scheme and how it might be redesigned to better deliver positive outcomes for local air quality and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: Having a full and detailed map of sewerage assets is a vital part of understanding the network and identifying areas for improvements. Water companies are already required to map their assets under Section 199 of the Water Industry Act 1991. The section, and the requirement to map assets, is enforceable under powers laid out in Section 18 of the Act. Sewerage undertakers are not required to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Lake Windermere: Pollution (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: A thorough investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) into the pollution incident at Lake Windermere earlier this year remains ongoing, which involves examining further evidence from United Utilities (UU). If the EA determines a permit breach has taken place, it will not hesitate to take enforcement action up to and including a criminal prosecution. Windermere is affected by pollution...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination (24 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: In line with the Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024 Statutory Guidance, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has exercised direction and control over the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs only with respect to the limited areas set out in the statutory guidance published on GOV.UK (copy attached). For the avoidance of doubt, the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Thames Flood Barrier (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The Thames Barrier forms part of a complex system of assets along the Thames and its tributaries to manage the risk of flooding in London. The barrier is expected to provide the required standard of protection out to 2070 based on projected rates of sea levels rise and with significant investment to upgrade and improve the mechanical, electrical, forecasting and supporting systems. The...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Minerals: Recycling (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: Defra is committed to delivering a more sustainable future for the UK and world. Supporting this we announced in February the world’s first United Nations-backed International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management in the Circular Economy. The centre will deliver solutions that will promote recycling and Circular Economy solutions across a range of important minerals and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Nationalisation (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: Water companies are commercial entities. However, as you would expect, the Government prepares for a range of scenarios across its regulated industries – including water – as any government would. The Defra Secretary of State and Ofwat (with consent of the Secretary of State) have the power to request the court to place a company in Special Administration Regime so that its business can...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Investment (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: When providing company determinations, Ofwat set a sector wide allowed return, on the basis of the notional capital structure. The notional capital structure provides clear signals about the allocation of risk. It protects customers from bearing much of the risk of companies' actual financing decisions and provides strong incentives on companies to raise finance efficiently. This approach is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: Defra is committed to delivering a more sustainable future for the UK and world. Supporting this it recently announced the world’s first United Nations-backed International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management in the Circular Economy. In partnership with national and international partners the centre will deliver environmentally sustainable primary extraction of Critical...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Equipment: Supply Chains (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: Defra has recently announced the world’s first United Nations-backed International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management in the Circular Economy. In partnership with national and international partners the centre will deliver environmentally sustainable primary extraction of Critical Minerals and map the flow of these critical and priority minerals across there complete...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: The Waste Prevention Programme for England: Maximising Resources, Minimising Waste (copy attached) commits the Government to prioritise measures to support the waste hierarchy in relation to electrical equipment. This includes consideration of ways to provide consumers and businesses with information on the environmental performance of electrical and electronic products, focussing on material...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ministerial Responsibility (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Douglas-Miller: In line with the Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024 Statutory Guidance, the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has exercised direction and control over the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs only with respect to the limited areas set out in the statutory guidance published on GOV.UK. A copy of the guidance is...


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