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George unveils Treswithian Downs Crematorium Covid-19 Memorial

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today unveiled the Treswithian Downs Crematorium Covid-19 Memorial dedicated to those affected by the Pandemic. Treswithian Downs Crematorium, part of the Westerleigh Group of Crematoriums across the Country, has provided a…

George welcomes announcement that more than 1,000 flood schemes will benefit from record investment

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, has today welcomed the announcement that over £860m will be invested in over 1000 flood alleviation schemes this year with further action including improvements to flood insurance. Thousands more homes and businesses are to be…

George welcomes the recruitment of 192 extra police officers for Devon and Cornwall

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today welcomed the newly released figures showing that 192 new officers have been recruited as part Government’s pledge to put 20,000 more officers on the street by 2023. Across England and Wales, 9,814 police officers have…

George meets with Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, recently met with leaders of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) to discuss disturbance and other increasing issues facing our grey seals. During the visit George met with Sue Sayer, Founder of the CSGRT as well as…

George welcomes Celtic Sea Power’s ambitious floating offshore wind plan

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, has today welcomed Celtic Sea Power’s ambitious floating offshore wind plan. Formerly called Wave Hub Development Services Ltd, the Cornwall Council-owned company has changed its name to better reflect its future role, which…

George meets with Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust about the increasing challenges facing Cornwall’s rare grey seals

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, recently met with leaders of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) to discuss disturbance and other issues facing our grey seals. During the visit George met with Sue Sayer, Founder of the CSGRT as well as Richard…

George visits Gwinear School to hear about trial of alternative fuel

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, recently visited Gwinear Primary School after its recent switch to an eco-friendly heating biofuel.  The school is the first in the country to trial the new renewable liquid fuel, known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), …

George visits Gwinear Primary School to hear about trial of vegetable-based alternative to fossil fuel

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, recently visited Gwinear Primary School after its recent switch to an eco-friendly heating biofuel.  The school is the first in the country to trial the new renewable liquid fuel, known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), …

Fisheries: Monitoring | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

The proportion of fishing trips undertaken by UK vessels using remote electronic monitoring (REM) equipment was less than one percent of the total fishing trips undertaken by UK vessels in each of the last three years from 2014 to 2016. The type of vessel using REM equipment were large capacity vessels, fishing off shore for fish stocks that were subject to quotas. In 2016 nearly 40 percent of UK landings of North Sea cod were made by vessels fully documenting their catch using REM equipment.

Fisheries: Monitoring | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

Details of planned UK observer trips are set out in United Kingdom’s Work Plan for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The Work Plan can be found at the Gov.UK website. In England and Wales, 525 staff days per year are allocated to observer sampling with 1032 days for Scotland and 460 days for Northern Ireland.

Fisheries: Treaties | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

Ministers and officials have had meetings with a number of organisations to discuss a range of issues associated with EU exit including the 1964 London Fisheries Convention. As the Prime Minister told Parliament on 29 March, we hope to be able to say something about this soon.

Fisheries: Treaties | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

We are looking very carefully at the London Fisheries Convention. As the Prime Minister told the House on 29 March, we hope to be able to say something about this soon.

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

In accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, following EU exit, the UK will be responsible for managing living resources, including fisheries, within its territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.

Agriculture: Wales | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

The Secretary of State has met the Welsh Minister for Agriculture on several occasions as we seek to ensure we get the best possible deal for the whole of the UK. We have committed to carefully considering any proposals that the devolved administrations put forward. Discussions on the issues are ongoing.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Security | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

Civil Servants have to ability to work flexibly across government sites where there is a business need to do so. The issuing of all passes is controlled by the local Departmental Security teams who follow strict procedures and protocols. Information on the number of people holding security passes for other government departments who are granted access to Defra premises is not centrally recorded.

Defra has issued 7501 passes since 2011. Data for 2010 is no longer held.

Defra is currently unable to provide data on the number of Defra passes that are active.

Angling: Licensing | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

There have been the following number of prosecutions for fishing without a valid rod licence in each of the last five years:

Year

Number of prosecutions

2012

2,168

2013

1,880

2014

2,268

2015

1,798

2016

2,088

All of the above figures are from between 1st January and 31st December.

Angling: Licensing | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

The Government has no plans to abolish the fishing rod licence. The income from the rod licence fee allows the Environment Agency to provide its fisheries service to rod licence holders.

Angling: Licensing | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

The table below shows the Environment Agency sales figures of rod licences in each of the past five years:

Year

Rod licence sales (£ million)

2012/13

21.8

2013/14

21.6

2014/15

21.5

2015/16

21.1

2016/17

20.6

The rod licence year runs from 1st April to March 31st.

The fees the Environment Agency collects through rod licence sales are spent on providing a fisheries service to fishing licence holders. The Environment Agency’s fisheries functions, for which it has powers to collects licence fees, relate to maintaining, improving and developing salmon, trout, freshwater, and eel fisheries as specified in the Environment Act 1995.

Angling: Licensing | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

Over the past three years rod licences have been issued through website sales, telesales, over the counter sales under a contract with the Post Office Limited and a small proportion have been sold through retained agents. It is estimated that the average administration cost for issuing a rod licence is approximately £1.62 per licence.

Since 1 March 2017, the Environment Agency has been providing the website sales and telesales elements in-house, in compliance with the Government Digital Services (GDS) standards. Over the counter services are still being provided by the Post Office but the Environment Agency has now ceased to sell through retained agents.

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