A Defra consultation at the end of last year has concluded that I-VMS will be introduced for all owners or operators of licensed British fishing boats under 12 m in length operating in English waters. The stated policy objective was to gain better information on where all such vessels are fishing, align the requirement for VMS across the whole fleet […]

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Following Michael Gove’s recent appearance before the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, it seems Defra is to assess its arms-length agencies after Brexit in a move that could see the Environment Agency merged with Natural England. Environment secretary Michael Gove said that Defra’s director general for strategy delivery Shaun Gallagher would lead the review. […]

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Michael Gove & Therese Coffey appeared before the Environment Audit Committee and their responses covered the new Environment Bill and also plans in the event of a Brexit no-deal. No surprises that in Gove’s own words these plans are ‘suboptimal’. Civil Service World ‘Environment secretary Michael Gove has admitted that the arrangements in place for […]

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Questioning goes to the heart of the provisions in the Bill on audit and the principles at the heart of sustainability and environmental management. EAC ‘The Environmental Audit Committee examines the proposed Office for Environmental Protection, the environmental principles, Environmental Improvement Plans, collaboration with the devolved administrations and no-deal preparations. Witnesses   Wednesday 20 March 2019, […]

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