I have called on the Government to implement a total ban on ivory products in the UK. This follows the recent announcement by the UK Government to undertake a consultation on ivory products.
The Government state that the consultation has been set in place so that they can seek views on their proposal to introduce a total ban on UK sales of ivory that could contribute either directly or indirectly to the continued poaching of elephants. They are asking for evidence on the effect the proposed ban will have. This includes its effect on elephant conservation, the natural environment and businesses, as well as its economic and cultural effect. Read more “DEFRA Questions: Ivory Ban”
On Thursday, I asked the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, if she could assure me that the forthcoming review into the future of S4C will be able secure a definitive base for its funding.
S4C is currently facing a 10% cut in its funding between now and 2021/2. This will undermine this Public Service Broadcasters ability to produce the top quality programming that people love.
It has been a hard-fought-for Welsh language Public Service Broadcaster that receives prominence, a privileged place on the TV guide, on TV sets across Wales.
S4C currently works in partnership with BBC Wales in sharing programming and resources, and is partially funded (£74.5 million a year) through the BBC licence fee. The Government has agreed to this sum until the next Charter Review in 2021/2. Read more “Culture, Media and Sport Questions: Future of S4C”
On Thursday, I asked the Second Church Estates Commissioner what steps the Church of England is taking to assist with refugee resettlement in the UK.
The Church nationally has been very active on refugees. Parishes such as Holywell have been very supportive and active, too. The Home Secretary has now apparently made a commitment to accept child refugees to the United Kingdom.
I welcomed the words of the Second Church Estates Commissioner. I hope the Government will support parishes up and down the country who wish to help refugees, and encourage more people to come forward to foster unaccompanied child refugees.
Yesterday, I asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about their policy on badger culls in England and its knock on effect for Wales.
I asked the Government how it will ensure that the vaccine used on badgers is made available when needed. This question come about because The Badger Edge Vaccine Scheme was successful, however there was a shortage in vaccine. Likewise work is continuing on a bovine vaccination. A comprehensive bovine TB strategy should be advanced by the Government including a focus on developing scale for vaccination programmes, better testing, better animal husbandry and improved biosecurity. Read more “DEFRA Questions: Badger Cull”