Cut to DEFRA's question time sparks complaint

The chair of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has complained after the time allocated for questions to the environment department (DEFRA) ministers was cut

There is “no justification” for cutting the amount of time available for oral questions to environment department (DEFRA) ministers, says the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee chair, Anne McIntosh.

The cut from 60 to 45 minutes every six or seven weeks was revealed in a written statement by leader of the house Sir George Young on 30 March. It will provide more time for questioning deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and attorney general Dominic Grieve. No other department had its allocation cut.

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