DEFRA buried expert proposals for an independent environment committee

A comprehensive review of domestic legislation was shelved but could still provide useful lessons for post-Brexit policymaking

DEFRA attempted to suppress its 'Smarter Environmental Legislation Review'. Photograph: DEFRAResearch advocating an overarching domestic environment act and an independent environment committee to oversee its progress was shelved by DEFRA, ENDS has found.

The recommendations were put to ministers in a detailed report two years ago, but have only just been made public thanks to the intervention of the Information Commissioner.

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