S21 – SoI from the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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S21 – Statement of Intent from the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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The environment continues to be a major issue for the government ensuring that it is protected and sustained for the future generations; that everybody has enough nutritious food, and that our rural communities do not feel isolated. These are very important for the government.

A major focus on renewable energy; readjusting our focus from nuclear.
To ensure for many years to come that our country has enough energy to power our houses, ensure our country continues to function, we need to be able to look into and place resources in renewable energy. This is key to sustainability ensuring that looking to the long term, any such shortages of energy will be minimised. This will result in us putting resources into developing renewable energy, looking into the technology surrounding it, seeing how it can be more economically improved, and ensuring that as many people as possible that wish to posses technology for producing renewable energy can do so. This will be in terms of maintaining the real life grants that currently people are given, ensuring that we continue to see wind turbines, and other renewable energy equipment sprouting around our country.

Although we will still continue to focus on nuclear in the short to medium term, namely the Hinckley Power Plant ensuring that in the mean time, until we can get our standard of resources and technology to a sufficient level to rely on renewable alone, that we will continue to look at nuclear, while remembering this will be our main focus for only the short and medium term. We need to keep the lights on, and nuclear is the best way for this in the short to medium term.

We will cease all fracking in green areas
Although we do not intend to eliminate fracking in all areas, we will ensure that all fracking in areas deemed to be green areas shall be stopped within a timely manner. We will deem green areas for the sake of this as those areas in a 'green belt' area for housing development. To preserve our natural beauty and wildlife, and to ensure the wonderful countryside of our nation is protected, we will take steps to ensure that no fracking occurs in these areas. This will ensure that these areas are sustained for our future generations in their original condition.

As a result, we will look to ensure that fracking in 'non green areas' as defined above is able to receive the green light easier. As long as the area is deemed to be an area that has been identified as likely to have shale gas energy reserves, then we will ensure that firms, as long as the health and livelihood of the people of the local area is maintained, and that there is no undue disruption to their lives, then to ensure our energy reserves receive a boost; then we will ensure that fracking gets the green light here.

Supermarket Food Waste
We will eliminate all 'sell by' dates from food, ensuring that simply a 'use by' or 'best before' date is displayed. This will ensure that food is not unnecessarily thrown out by supermarkets during a period between the 'sell by' date and the 'use by' date, in which the good is still in great condition, yet the supermarket has deemed the period of time too short for consumption by the average user, but we will allow the people of our nation to be able to purchase these goods, and use their own common sense regarding consumption.

We will also look to set up schemes to ensure any food thrown out by supermarkets, which has passed its best before date, which may not be in 100% optimal condition, but perfectly healthy and edible can make its way to the homeless or those who are disadvantages in our society, through these schemes allowing our citizens to make use of these foodstuffs. We will work with existing charities looking at the same issues, and look to ensure that every community can avail of this, ensuring that there is enough food for everybody, and that nobody in our society is simply surviving rather than living.

Promoting cars with low emissions
We will continue to strive to ensure cars driven on British roads produce low emissions, to help our planet. To help this we will continue to offer 0 road tax for those cars producing less than 100g/km of emissions, currently in Band A for road tax. This will act as an incentive for drivers to choose cars with low emissions. We will also strive to ensure that cars producing more than 100g/km of emissions, but still a relatively low amount, below 120g/km are still rewarded with low road tax rates, to act as an incentive to those users to stick with cars with low emissions.

Building Flood Defences
We will continue to ensure that strong, robust and efficient flood defences are erected in areas in our country that is the worst effected by widespread flooding. We aim to ensure that these flood defences are so robust that no houses are flooded due to freak storms. People in our society have their lives turned upside down when their house is flooded after a freak storm, we want to ensure this does not happen to anybody.

We will also work with other departments and agencies to ensure that any householder who is unable to attain house insurance, due to flood risk does not go without insurance, and that the government will be there to support the householders in times of extreme flooding, to ensure they do not experience any financial loss or otherwise, as a result of being unable to achieve house insurance due to flood risk.

Transport for the rural community
Too frequently members of our rural community who either have no access to transport, or rural old age pensioners feel very isolated. This is not good in terms of health, and we can see a major drop in morale. That is why we are committed to ensure that anyone falling into these categories, at risk of getting isolated can avail of government funded vehicular access to get into their nearest village or town at a minimum of once a week to allow them to do their shopping, simply enjoy the freedom of their town and most importantly interact with others, again combating loneliness in our older communities in the rural areas. It is our aim to ensure that no one in our rural communities feels isolated.
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HM's government would be pleased to answer any questions during a session of ministers questions commmencing tomorrow evening!
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Other than your hard engineering line when it comes to flooding, in my opinion the best best solution is a managed retreat and flood plane zoning along with reversion to natural states, this is all very vanilla. Although it has to be said that I don't support fracking whatever.
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This is certainly not what I was expecting, but I am glad that the government is in agreement with the Socialist Party that protection of our natural environment and moves towards reliance on renewable energy are of paramount importance for the safety and wellbeing both of future generations and of our national natural heritage. As an inhabitant of a rural area with all too many lonely and isolated old people, I also welcome the commitment to combatting loneliness among the elderly in the last section, though I feel that the government should also be looking at ways of improving often-pitiful rural transport links in general.
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A statement I would expect out of a Liberal SoS, I would not expect a Conservative to be aiming to increase costs, know nothing, and make New Orleans and the Netherlands looks entirely undefended, even in the highlands.
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Mixed opinions on this, some good, and some bad points.

Aye for the road tax, as I'm a benefitter of that in real life.

Seriously though, I will ask my questitons in tomorrow's MQ's,
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Hmmmm.

First, who does your proof-reading in the govt? I don't know how garbled, half-meaningless sentences like "The environment continues to be a major issue for the government ensuring that it is protected and sustained for the future generations..." and "Although we will still continue to focus on nuclear in the short to medium term, namely the Hinckley Power Plant ensuring that in the mean time, until we can get our standard of resources and technology to a sufficient level to rely on renewable alone, that we will continue to look at nuclear, while remembering this will be our main focus for only the short and medium term" can possibly get through any reasonable quality filter.

Second, there's a LOT of repetition, probably trying to make it look like there's more actual content than there is. You could rewrite this in less than half the length, and it would be much better.

Third, there really isn't much of substance in your nuclear/renewable policy. All I can get from it is that you're continuing the Hinckley development (does it really need saying? Canon!) and you're maintaining grants in real life (what are they - it shouldn't be the job of the audience to find out this stuff? Also, to my knowledge, they're still substantially lower than a few years ago, especially regarding things like solar panel installations, so it's not really the 'major focus' on renewables that you claim it to be).

Fourth, the fracking policy seems like it was come up with in 30 seconds. The green belt doesn't correspond well to areas which ought to be protected, especially since the main downside of fracking isn't the visual pollution which is the main goal of green belt protection. Furthermore, the non-green belt sites are important for property development, so isolating fracking to those areas is something which seems like a terrible idea.

On the fracking point actually, this sentence needs completely rewriting, it's gobbledegook: "As long as the area is deemed to be an area that has been identified as likely to have shale gas energy reserves, then we will ensure that firms, as long as the health and livelihood of the people of the local area is maintained, and that there is no undue disruption to their lives, then to ensure our energy reserves receive a boost; then we will ensure that fracking gets the green light here."

I support the sell by date policy, but the second half of that is better achieved simply by voting aye to the Labour Party's Bill on the topic right now.

The road tax policy both does very little, and insofar as 100-120g/km cars are concerned, it's impossibly vague.

Flood defences is good, and reverses the terrible decision of the RL government a few years ago (I think the Labour Party had a motion to this effect, so it's nice to see it implemented). However, the insurance policy is both a bad one (this reads like you're making home insurance mandatory), and the government simply can't afford to reimburse all losses from flood damage to property, especially when we consider the opportunity cost of this reimbursement. If this is what the department thinks is a good way to spend money, the department is either incompetent or overfunded, likely the former.

Your rural community transport idea is unclear - are you suggesting public transport, or buying them cars? I really hope the former - and unnecessary. If someone lives in a backwater which is so isolated, it doesn't even have a bus service, that's both their choice, and quite easy to remedy. Buses in rural areas are already heavily subsidised and expensive to run without running more bus services to the middle of nowhere.

Try harder.
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(Original post by TheDefiniteArticle)
(I think the Labour Party had a motion to this effect, so it's nice to see it implemented).

The irony of this is that not only did this happen, but there was also a SoI to do this last term. Who isn't doing their research now?
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
The irony of this is that not only did this happen, but there was also a SoI to do this last term. Who isn't doing their research now?
The author of this SoI. It's the author's responsibility to research.
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The author of this SoI. It's the author's responsibility to research.
Oh, so not you for completely forgetting about a SoI that has been cited time after time this term, and isn't even certain about a motion?
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Oh, so not you for completely forgetting about a SoI that has been cited time after time this term, and isn't even certain about a motion?
...which the author also evidently forgot about, and you neglected to mention in the government sub? In case you hadn't noticed, environmental stuff mostly bores me, so I'm not likely to remember it (the only thing worse is nonsense about the military).
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
The irony of this is that not only did this happen, but there was also a SoI to do this last term. Who isn't doing their research now?
You look like an absolute fool when you, a member of the government, try to deflect the failings of your government's SOI by criticising an opposition member for not being fully aware of just how terrible said SOI is.
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You look like an absolute fool when you, a member of the government, try to deflect the failings of your government's SOI by criticising an opposition member for not being fully aware of just how terrible said SOI is.
Somebody clearly hasn't done their research, and they don't even need to leave the thread to do it.

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seems ok, although fracking should be stopped all together imho
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Some farmers struggle to make ends meet, we are leaving the EU (sadly) so CAP payments will need to be replaced, yet this is absent from the statement. Nothing about rural shops,banks or post offices, and no timescales for anything.

No to any fracking.*
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Some farmers struggle to make ends meet, we are leaving the EU (sadly) so CAP payments will need to be replaced, yet this is absent from the statement. Nothing about rural shops,banks or post offices, and no timescales for anything.

No to any fracking.*
We're not leaving the EU in TSRland however, so while a good point to make in regards to rl, it doesn't apply to the MHoC
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I'm not a fan of nuclear power and I would prefer it if you invested in other forms of renewable energy. I welcome your other strategies though, especially the one about supermarket food waste.
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We're not leaving the EU in TSRland however
Wait, you mean that amendment comfortable passed the other day so we could leave the EU didn't comfortably pass?
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Wait, you mean that amendment comfortable passed the other day so we could leave the EU didn't comfortably pass?
The amendment says when we leave in rl, we leave in the MHoC, as it stands we are still in the EU.
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This statement of intent is in cessation.

Requiring further legislation:
Supermarket food waste section
Road tax changes
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