Work on Environment Agency gathers steam

A highly unusual pledge to publish details of the Bill which will set up the Environment Agency by mid-October has been made by the Department of the Environment (DoE) in its bid to ensure that it secures a legislative slot in the next parliamentary session. The DoE has also issued a report outlining five options for the structure of the Agency.

The DoE has had an unhappy record in securing legislative time for the Bill since the Prime Minister promised in July 1991 to establish an Environment Agency in England and Wales. The Bill will also establish a similar body in Scotland.

A paving Bill was eventually announced in last November's Queen's Speech. Most unusually, this failed to make it into Parliament.

As reported last month, Environment Secretary John Gummer is understoo

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