Deregulation Bill ‘lacks evidence’

Peers and MPs have grilled ministers about the draft bill, which could have significant implications for environmental regulation.

Ministers have been asked to justify the draft Deregulation Bill, which includes proposals to force regulators to support economic growth and to diminish the requirement to consult Natural England.

At a hearing on 6 November, the joint committee on the draft Deregulation Bill questioned energy minister Michael Fallon on the proposed growth duty on non-economic regulators (ENDS Report 462, p22), which would affect the Environment Agency, Natural England and other environmental watchdogs.

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