Pre-legislative scrutiny of draft Environment Bill

The NFU has made a written submission to the joint EFRA / Environmental Audit Committee pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill. 

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In December 2018, Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove announced draft clauses of an Environment Bill to establish a new independent watchdog - the Office for Environmental Protection - create a statutory framework for environmental principles and put Defra's flagship 25 Year Environment Plan into law. 

More widely the Environment Bill will cover air quality, resource and waste, water quality and wildlife protection measures. It is understood that the Bill will be introduced in 2019 during the second session of Parliament.   

The NFU believes a future Environment Bill must:

  • Seek to improve environmental legislation;
  • Ensure that regulatory frameworks are evidence-based and outcome focused;
  • Give the EU and other trading partners’ confidence in our environmental standards; and
  • Ensure that our regulatory regimes have appropriate levels of regulatory equivalence with trading partners, to maximise the potential and fairness of our trading relationships.

NFU members can downloaded our full response from here.

Last edited on: 11:03:2019

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