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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Defra  ‘Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, has reappointed Emma Howard Boyd as Chair of the Environment Agency.  In confirming the reappointment, Secretary of State Michael Gove said:  I am grateful for Emma’s strong leadership and achievements over her first term. She has played a crucial part in the Environment […]

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Defra ‘The Government has today (13 March) confirmed that new developments must deliver an overall increase in biodiversity. Following our consultation last year, the Chancellor confirmed today in the Spring Statement that the government will use the forthcoming Environment Bill to mandate ‘biodiversity net gain’ – meaning the delivery of much-needed infrastructure and housing is not at the expense […]

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