EAC seeks answers on Treasury’s weakened watchdog plans

The chair of the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee has written to chancellor Philip Hammond to demand answers on his intervention into the creation of a post-Brexit environmental oversight body

Philip Hammond
Mary Creagh wants Philip Hammond to explain his opposition to a strong green watchdog

The chair of the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee has written to chancellor Philip Hammond to demand answers on his intervention into the creation of a post-Brexit environmental oversight body.

In a letter made public this morning, Mary Creagh notes widespread reports that Hammond had blocked plans to give the planned watchdog sharper teeth, such as being able to take the government to court. The move led to a clash with environment secretary Michael Gove, as revealed in a letter leaked last week.

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