Natural England coping with budget cuts as operations streamlined, says Gove

Environment secretary denies suggestions that cuts mean that Natural England is unable to perform its functions effectively and hints at possible breakup of Environment Agency

English fields

Environment secretary Michael Gove has denied suggestions that budget cuts have rendered Natural England unable to perform its job as effectively as it could or that the government was ultimately aiming to close down the body which protects England’s natural environment.

Gove was speaking during a meeting of the House of Lords select committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 on 16 January.

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