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Ministers' statements

This section covers statements by Defra Ministers, generally in the form of statements made to Parliament. A separate page covers other occasional forms of Defra statements.

Ministerial statements made to Parliament are also available in Hansard.

2007

18 December 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw - Agriculture and Fisheries Council 17-19 December
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw - Agriculture and Fisheries Council 26-27 November
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the Single Farm Payment Scheme

17 December 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on publication of the interim report on summer 2007 floods

13 December 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on publication of the Callaghan review of the regulatory framework for handling animal pathogens

22 November 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on Specified Animal Pathogens Order licence conditions at Merial Animal Health

15 November 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw - Defra Winter Supplementary Estimate, Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) and Administration Budget changes
Written Ministerial Statement by Joan Ruddock - Forestry Commission Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) Changes
Written Ministerial Statement by Joan Ruddock - Municipal Waste policy

13 November 2007
Oral Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on Avian Influenza
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the tidal surge, East Coast of England
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn - update on Foot and Mouth Disease and Bluetongue Disease outbreaks

8 November 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Phil Woolas: outcome of the UN Convention on Climate Change Pre-COP meeting in Bogor, Indonesia, 23-25 October 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Phil Woolas: Government Decontamination Service Business Plan
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 22-23 October 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw - Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative: report giving the proportion of UK produce supplied to Government Departments, NHS and HM Prison Service
Written Ministerial Statement by Phil Woolas - Consultation on the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops

29 October 2007
Written Ministerial Statmenet by Hilary Benn on Taking Forward the UK Climate Change Bill (Command Paper 7225)

10 October 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on Flood Defence Spending

8 October 2007
Oral Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on Foot and Mouth and Bluetongue

26 July 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn - Update on flooding
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw - Annual Reports Laid before Parliament
Written Ministerial Statement by Phil Woolas - Publication of Report of the Third Target Period Results of the Climate Change Agreements
Written Ministerial Statement by Phil Woolas - Consultation on Private Sewers Transfer - Implementation Options

25 July 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Joan Ruddock - Landfill: Greater London - Parliamentary Questions Corrections

24 July 2007
Oral Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on flooding

23 July 2007
Oral Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on flooding
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw on the annual review of controls on the import of animal products

17 July 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Jonathan Shaw on the Air Quality Strategy
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the Agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

16 July 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Phil Woolas on the report on the Review of the Royal Commission on Environment Pollution (RCEP)

12 July 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on learning lessons from the recent floods
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the Home Energy Conservation Act – Progress Report
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on wet weather and farmers

11 July 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the outcome of the Environment Council, 28 June 2007

2 July 2007
Oral Statement to the House of Commons by Hilary Benn; updated statement on flooding in England
Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the Single Farm Payment

26 June 2007
Oral Statement to the House of Commons by David Miliband on flooding in England
Written Ministerial Statement by David Miliband on the Livestock Sector and Allocation of Axis 1 Voluntary Modulation Money

Written Ministerial Statement by Barry Gardiner on Rural Payments Agency (RPA) business plan and performance targets
Written Ministerial Statement by Ian Pearson on the Pesticides Safety Directorate – Annual Report and Accounts
Written Ministerial Statement by Ian Pearson on the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) consultation publication

25 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ian Pearson on the publication of a Consultation Document – Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: A framework for Implementing Geological Disposal
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the publication of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

20 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from David Miliband on the Agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 11 and 12 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the Amendment to the Local Authority Fees and Charges Scheme 2006/07

19 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the publication of the Central Science Laboratory Annual Report
Written Ministerial Statement by Barry Gardiner on National Park Authority Membership and Unitary Local Government

18 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the publication of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency Annual Report
Written Ministerial Statement from David Miliband on the publication of the Report of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB

15 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the publication of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate Annual Report

12 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on a recent case of low pathogenic avian influenza in North Wales
Written Ministerial Statement by Ian Pearson on the Discussions of the Informal Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers 1-3 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from David Miliband on the Agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 11 and 12 June 2007

5 June 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the Veterinary Products Committee Annual Report 2006
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the Pesticides Safety Directorate: Performance Targets 2007/08
Written Ministerial Statement by David Miliband on the Informal EU Agriculture Council 20-22 May 2007

23 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by David Miliband on the Government's Waste Strategy for England

23 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the Marine Fisheries Agency – Performance Targets 2007/08

22 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the Outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

21 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from Barry Gardiner on the future of the Agriculture Development Scheme

21 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from Ben Bradshaw on Central Science Laboratory (CSL) Performance Targets

21 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from Ben Bradshaw on CEFAS Performance Targets

17 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from David Miliband on the 2007 Departmental Report

16 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from Ben Bradshaw on Animal Health Performance Targets

15 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from David Miliband on the Single Payment Scheme

10 May 2007
Written Ministerial Statement from Ben Bradshaw on the European Union agreement to improve meat chicken welfare (The Broiler Directive)

9 May 2007
Agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council: 7 & 8 May 2007

2 May 2007
Outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council: 23 April 2007
Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) Performance Targets for 2007/08

27 April 2007
Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) Performance Targets for 2007/08

29 March 2007
Written Statement from David Miliband on voluntary modulation and the new Rural Development Programme for England

26 March 2007
Written Ministerial Statement by Ian Pearson on the low level waste management policy review

20 March 2007
Written Statement from David Miliband on Voluntary Modulation and the New Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013

13 March 2007
Parliamentary Statement from David Miliband on the Draft Climate Change Bill

28 February 2007
Joint press article by David Miliband, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Paolo de Castro, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on EU agriculture policy - 28 February 2007

22 February 2007
Written statement by David Miliband on the new Single Payment Scheme

19 February 2007
Oral statement by David Miliband on the avian influenza situation in Suffolk

5 February 2007
Oral statement by David Miliband on the avian influenza situation in Suffolk

2006

12 December 2006
Written statement by David Miliband on the contingency arrangements for the delay to the start of the next Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013

Written statement by David Miliband on the future uplands reward structure

7 November 2006
Oral statement by David Miliband on the new Single Payment Scheme

1 November 2006
Written statement by David Miliband on the new Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013

30 October 2006
Oral statement by David Miliband on climate change

26 October 2006
Joint Statement by Mr Ian Pearson MP, Minister of State, and Mr Du Ying, Vice Minister, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China

25 October 2006
Oral statement by David Miliband in response to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management's report

12 October 2006
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on publication of the consultation paper on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive

5 October 2006
Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on the source segregation requirement in Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994

4 October 2006
Statement by David Miliband on UK-Brazil Cooperation on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

11 July 2006
Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw on vaccine supply tender

5 July 2006
Written ministerial statement by David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Rural Payments Agency

29 June 2006
Oral Statement by David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on EU Emissions Trading: phase II cap

28 June 2006
Written Ministerial Statement by Lord Rooker, Minister of State (Lords) (Sustainable Farming and Food) on the Levy Boards

22 June 2006
Oral Statement by David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on the Rural Payments Agency

20 June 2006
Written Statement by Lord Rooker, Minister of State for Sustainable Farming and Food for Defra's Laboratory Strategy

25 May 2006
Written Statement by Ian Pearson, Minister of State for Climate Change and the Environment

9 May 2006
Written Statement by David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on the Rural Payments Agency

3 May 2006
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Commons) Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare providing an update on the finding of low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza in Norfolk

19 April 2006
Written Parliamentary Statement by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announcing the Government response to the Independent Review of Avian Quarantine

19 April 2006
Written Parliamentary Statement by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Single Payment Scheme

30 March 2006
Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on applying waste management controls to agricultural waste

29 March 2006
Written Parliamentary Statement by Ben Bradshaw, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on the new Local Authority Fees and Charges Scheme 2006-2007

28 March 2006
Written Parliamentary Statement by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the UK Climate Change Programme

16 March 2006
Written Parliamentary Statement by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Single Payment Scheme

1 March 2006
Written Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment on Folkestone and Dover Water Services application to be designated an area of water scarcity

2005

15 December 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Margaret Beckett, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on bovine tuberculosis control

15 December 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Margaret Beckett, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the independent review of avian quarantine – the Dimmock report

15 December 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Jim Knight, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity on Defra’s Autumn Performance Report

1 December 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Secretary of State Margaret Beckett on results of the UK survey of wild birds for the presence of avian influenza

1 December 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Secretary of State Margaret Beckett on avian influenza

11 November 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment: Association of British Insurers (ABI) revised Statement of Principles on flood insurance

26 October 2005
Ministerial Statement by Secretary of State Margaret Beckett on avian influenza

9 September 2005
Ministerial Statement by Jim Knight MP, Minister for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity Disease, at the Great Ape Survival Project Intergovernmental Meeting

21 July 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on Newcastle Disease

21 July 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Secretary of State Margaret Beckett on the Government Decontamination Service

21 July 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment on the Home Energy Conservation Act

21 July 2005
Joint Ministerial Statement by Ben Bradshaw, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Local Environment, and Yvette Cooper, the Minister for Housing and Planning, on Sustainable Waste Management

20 June 2005
Statement from Secretary of State, Margaret Beckett, welcoming the launch of the London Climate Change Agency

1 March 2005
Statement from Secretary of State, Margaret Beckett, supporting the launch of the British Council's Climate Change Communications Initiative

16 February 2005
Ministerial Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: message of congratulations to the Canadian Environment Minister Stephane Dion

25 January 2005
Written Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Environment and Agri-Environment announcing the Government's intention to set up a Government Decontamination Scheme

11 January 2005
Ministerial Statement by Alun Michael, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality to the House of Commons

2004

9 December 2004
Written Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Environment and Agri-Environment on the draft Waste Management (England and Wales) Regulations 2005

2 December 2004
Written Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Environment and Agri-Environment on results and way forward following consultation on Catchment-Sensitive Farming

18 November 2004
Ministerial Statement by Alun Michael, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality on hunting ban

10 November 2004
Statement by Lord Whitty of Camberwell, Minister for Farming, Food and Sustainable Energy on the Energy Efficiency Commitment from 2005 - The Government's Proposals

12 October 2004
Ministerial Statement by Elliot Morley, Minister of State for Environment and Agri-Environment, on the Government's response to the review of existing private sewers in England and Wales consultation paper

21 September 2004
Ministerial Statement by Alun Michael, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality on hunt protestors

22 July 2004
Written Ministerial Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Implementation of the Revised Large Combustion Plants Directive (LCPD)

22 July 2004
Written Ministerial Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on implementation of reform of the CAP in England

21 July 2004
Ministerial Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Rural Strategy 2004 to the House of Commons

28 June 2004
Written Ministerial Statement by Alun Michael, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the outcome of the Public Inquiry on the Designation Order for a New Forest National Park

16 June 2004
Written Ministerial statement by the Minister for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality Alun Michael on the risks to people from pesticide spraying

12 May 2004
Statement to the House by the Minister of State for Environment and Agri-Environment Elliot Morley on US naval vessels

28 April 2004
Joint Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom, and Jürgen Trittin, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, on REEEP and renewables 2004

28 April 2004
Joint Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom, and Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, USA, on the Clean Energy Initiative and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

22 April 2004
Written Ministerial statement by the Secretary of State on the definition of the English regions for the single payment scheme

30 March 2004
Written Ministerial statement by Ben Bradshaw on charges for certain plant health, plant varieties and seeds and animal health services

25 March 2004
Written Ministerial statement by Elliot Morley on the Waste Acceptance Criteria consultation outcome

25 March 2004
Statement by the Secretary of State on the Government's position on a new regime of chemical legislation designed to address the concern of hazardous chemicals

22 March 2004
Written Ministerial statement by Elliot Morley on the future of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC)

11 March 2004
Secretary of State Margaret Beckett's statement on the 2004 periodic review of water price limits

9 March 2004
Secretary of State Margaret Beckett's statement on GM policy

12 February 2004
Secretary of State Margaret Beckett's statement on CAP reform: implementation of the single farm payment scheme in England

2003

18 December 2003
Elliot Morley's statement on Combined Heat and Power targets

10 December 2003
Secretary of State Margaret Beckett's statement on pre-Budget report 2003

27 November 2003
Ben Bradshaw - statement on implementing the Large Combustion Plants Directive (2001/80/EC) in the UK

11 November 2003
Margaret Beckett - Lord Haskins' review of rural delivery

26 June 2003
Margaret Beckett - statement to the House of Commons on the CAP reform deal

20 June 2003
Ben Bradshaw - written ministerial statement on review of London wholesale markets

12 March 2003
Margaret Beckett - Flood and Coastal Defence Funding Review

28 February 2003
Elliott Morley - ruddy duck control in the United Kingdom

3 February 2003
Elliot Morley - live sheep exports

28 January 2003
Secretary of State's written ministerial statement on English Financial Package for Fisheries

2002

3 December 2002
Alun Michael's statement to the House of Commons on Hunting Bill published today

7 November 2002
Elliot Morley response to English Nature report on the state of the marine environment

6 November 2002
Statement by the Secretary of State on the Government response to the FMD inquiry reports

23 October 2002
Scientific advice on fish stocks: UK Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley response

26 September 2002
Morley welcomes positive move by ABI

23 September 2002
Minister sets scene for future approach to floods

2 September 2002
Statement by Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Head of UK delegation to World Summit on Sustainable Development

15 May 2002
New TSE Regulations are vital - Lord Whitty

19 March 2002
Morley welcomes support from World Wildlife Fund

19 March 2002
Morley welcomes report on flood management of the Parrett Catchment

7 March 2002
Beckett statement to the House on UK ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

27 February 2002
Morley asks campaigners to work with him to find an European answer to the problem of dolphin by-catch

19 February 2002
US climate change plan does not alter UK's commitment to Kyoto - Beckett

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